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March 8, 2009 at 8:44 PM

California’s Proposition 8

Questioning whether religion should play a role in government at all The March 5 Times featured a segment about California’s Proposition 8 that currently bans gay marriage in the state [“Is Prop. 8 a constitutional wrong?” Times, Nation & World]. The article outlines the opposition to the bill, attempting to overturn it in the California Supreme…

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March 8, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Obama’s presidency

Standing your ground – middle ground I’m like a lot of Americans. Some of the conservative philosophy made sense and I wondered if it would actually work. It didn’t. So, we get the “tax-and-spend Democrats,” and, sure enough, they tax and spend. Politically speaking, I’m frustrated. Something in the middle would be nice. The flaw in Republican…

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March 8, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Teenager beaten by King County sheriff’s deputy

Framing actions in more benign context than deserved As the parent of a young woman who is still a teenager, I have to say Jerry Large’s column, “No excuse to lose cool with teen” [Local News, March 5], comparing the confrontations parents have at home with lippy teenagers to what happened in that King County…

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March 8, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Washington State Ferries

New Tier 2-compliant engines: Killing two birds with one stone It seems the governor has two problems that could be addressed at the same time. She wants to reduce carbon emissions, as well as lower the state’s use of diesel fuel. Here’s a suggestion for where to spend some stimulus money: start re-powering the state-ferry system…

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March 8, 2009 at 8:39 PM

U.S. Postal Service and rising cost of stamps

Hitting a new low in a spiraling economy The U.S. Postal Service just paid $1.2 million for the postmaster’s 8,400 square-foot house, so he can relocate to Texas. Isn’t this nice of them to do in this spiraling economy? I think most consumers are fed up with the rise in cost and the decrease in…

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March 8, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Reality TV

Sanctity of marriage relying on 6 weeks of “The Bachelor” ABC’s “The Bachelor” continues to feed a hungry American society. While browsing The Times’ entertainment section, few other topics could be found besides multiple articles concerning “The Bachelor’s” finale and the “truly juicy” post-finale-rose interview that recently aired. In reporter Nicole Tsong’s article “.’The Bachelor’ says ‘I…

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March 6, 2009 at 5:30 PM

National stimulus package

Tax rate centers Americans after moving far right <img src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2009/03/05/2008817564.jpg” width=”345″ class=”pic” /> The Associated Press President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Editor, The Times: “Class warfare” seems like an extreme overreaction to President Obama’s plan to only raise the top-federal, income-tax-bracket rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, as was done during Bill Clinton’s presidency [“Implicit in budget plan is a reversal of…

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March 6, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Obama’s mortgage relief

Stop the continued abuse of the American public Bankruptcy judges should be allowed to adjust mortgages and provide immediate relief to homeowners at risk. This policy would cost the taxpayers nothing and force the corrupt-banking system to shoulder some of burden of the crises they have created. My neighbor has lost her job, thanks to this crisis….

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March 6, 2009 at 5:08 PM

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy

Cut the ancient anchor preventing full democracy and pride I believe the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is as outdated as the Vietnam-era G.I. Bill, which has now been modified. We need to cut this anchor, which continues to keep us from being a fully democratic country. I was a sergeant in the Army Infantry in Iraq…

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March 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Health care reform

Thank you for an immense, pork-spending bill Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., sent out a very glossy 8 by 10 inch mailer asking us to call and thank her for the “hard work” she did in lobbying for increased health care for children. So here is mine: Thank you for using the stimulus package to increase the welfare program,…

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