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December 14, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Declining holiday donations

Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times Carloads of Christmas-light fans cruise the streets and offer cash or nonperishable food items when they pass the group of neighbors gathered around a fire collecting donations for the Mountlake Terrace food bank. Just give Editor, The Times: After reading a story in The Seattle Times about the shortfall this season for the…

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December 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Sea-Tac noise

Snohomish County, beware The “war zone” created by planes landing on the new third runway at Sea-Tac Airport was not what the citizens living around it were promised [“Neighbors feel duped over 3rd-runway noise,” Times, page one, Dec. 11]. Now they must yell to be heard over the noise, soothe crying babies awakened by jet-engine roars…

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December 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Bailouts galore

A lost cause Failed insurance giant AIG needs another $10 billion of ours to cover their bad “bets.” Goldman Sachs sold AIG the contracts and collected their “winnings.” Henry Paulson, a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, gave Goldman Sachs another $10 billion in TARP [Troubled Assets Relief Program] bailout funds. Does anyone else smell a rat here? Instead…

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December 14, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Auto-industry troubles

Financial rehab The auto companies need our help, but not the kind that they’re asking for. If a relative showed up with an addiction asking for money, would it be right to give him a handout that enabled his lifestyle to go on; or would it be better to make him abandon his lifestyle and support him…

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December 14, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Suicide on TV

That’s NOT entertainment How has it come to this? Suicide is legal. After reading the story about Craig Ewert and his documentary of assisted suicide, I could not believe it [“Assisted suicide on TV fuels debate,” News, Dec. 11]. What sort of “entertainment” is this? Just think of how appalled those of just a few generations ago…

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December 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Attitudes toward homelessness

Doesn’t help the problem In reference to the Vulcan-produced film “Where God Left His Shoes,” Nicole Brodeur writes that “I get the sense sometimes that we are weary of the homeless; their faces blend together in a stereotype of lazy, or addicted, or mentally ill.” [“Face of homeless is changing,” staff columnist, Dec. 9.] She contrasted…

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December 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct plans

Jim Bates / The Seattle Times What will become of the Alaskan Way Viaduct? State and local officials will soon decide a replacement option for the aging elevated expressway. Don’t hold your breath Editor, The Times: The proliferation of viaduct-replacement plans serve well the dreams of their designers and the narrow constituencies of their promoters. What they never serve…

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December 13, 2008 at 4:16 PM

NW watershed protection and restoration

A lucky region I was delighted to see the recent article on Northwest Watershed Institute’s Tarboo watershed protection and restoration work in Pacific Northwest Magazine [“One creek, on patch of land at a time,” Nov. 30]. The article by seasoned Seattle Times writer Warren Cornwall and photographer Alan Berner is a wonderful look at the beauty…

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December 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Justice: Dozier recommended for clemency

Three strikes, you’re in What great news about Stevan Dozier, three-striker, being recommended for clemency by the Clemency Board [“Board recommends clemency for three-times offender,” News, Dec. 12]. The three-strikes law was sold as removing the “worst of the worst” from society. But many people don’t understand how the severity of crimes are defined in Washington state….

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December 13, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Holiday decorations at the Capitol building

A response from the Freedom From Religion Foundation: You don’t own it The response from Christians to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s winter solstice sign in Olympia has been over-the-top negative and intolerant [“Atheists put up sign in Capitol building,” News, Dec. 1]. In addition to recognizing the winter solstice, our sign says, “There are no gods,…

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