Educational policy rather than legislators can certainly be held responsible for failing-school letters. [“No Child Left Behind and failing schools,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 30]. However, so can the Washington state citizens who continue to hide from the reality of the need for a reliable source of revenue to provide what we expect from our government.
Closing tax loopholes would help, but a sustainable fair tax is that of a graduated net-income tax. Our legislators can only squeeze blood out of a turnip for so long. Very able Seattle Times journalists continue to describe needs that cannot be ignored: mental health, early education, crowded schools, community safety, transportation, homelessness. What is a fair way in which we can support quality of life in our state?
Rachael Levine, Burien