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December 13, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Mayor Nickels and the city budget

Sound familiar? Our honorable mayor thinks that now is the ideal time to push forward 20 to 30 percent raises for three of the city’s top department heads because, “part of having a well-run city government is attracting and retaining top-quality directors.” [“Hefty raises for top city posts? Not a chance,” page one, Dec. 11.] It…

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December 13, 2008 at 4:10 PM

A desire named streetcar

Take your ideas to Nowhereland What are these people thinking? [“Council supports streetcar expansion,” page one, Dec. 9.] In a city that is choking on its existing gridlock, the mayor and the Rubber-stamp City Council are considering more of those snail-paced, go-nowhere-fast, totally outdated and ridiculously expensive monstrosities? These people must be out of their collective minds. If…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Iraq: exit and renewal

ALI AL-SAADI/AFP / Getty Images An Iraqi woman walks past the closed offices of the Sadr movement, loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in the impoverished eastern Sadr City district of Baghdad on Nov. 29. Al-Sadr declared three days of mourning across Iraq in the wake of the Iraqi Parliament’s approval of a security…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM

America in dire straits

The only way is to go clean Editor, The Times: Last week’s Times headlines paint a bleak picture. Monday, the recession became official [“It’s official: U.S. has been in a recession all year,” Times, Business, Dec. 1]; Tuesday, Gov. Christine Gregoire told the president-elect that Washington needed $600 million to kick-start its economy [“Gregoire says state needs $600…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Congressional earmarks

We get what we vote for What an excellent series. Too bad the American public doesn’t care [“Earmark helps businesses, not troops,” Nation & World, Dec. 7; “Iraq earmarks $3 billion for Baghdad subway,” Nov. 17; “Despite reforms, Congress hides $3.5B in defense earmarks,” Oct. 12]. If you want to understand the roots of the present financial,…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Seattle schools

Don’t take away the APP For many years, Seattle has given gifted kids an opportunity to shine by providing the Accelerated Progress Program (APP). It would serve Seattle well to keep this program [“Which schools are on chief’s list — and which are not,” News, Dec. 10]. However, new Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and the…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Washington state’s bad rep

How sad Are we becoming the “Armpit of America?” Our politicians seem to be doing everything they can to give us that distinction. I received a call from a friend in Ohio saying, what is going on in your state? First, it was the inflammatory poster from the Wisconsin-based, anti-religion group in our Capitol building. Next it was…

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December 11, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Listen to the stakeholders After one year of meetings and then being told that the three agencies will make the final recommendation as to the preferred option, the stakeholders should be upset [“Viaduct ‘stakeholders’ complain,” News, Dec. 8]. If past performance is any guideline the state, the city and county will ignore any more input by the…

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December 10, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Auto-industry bailout

David Zalubowski / The Associated Press Unsold 2009 Ranger pickup trucks sit at a Ford dealership in Frederick, Dacono, Colo. The answer is: taxpayers Editor, The Times: Congress lends $15 billion to the auto industry, which must repay the loans plus interest. This is to “protect taxpayers.” But who will repay that $15 billion plus interest? Car buyers. And who are…

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December 10, 2008 at 2:51 PM

New UW football coach

A university is for education “Sarkisian to earn $1.85M per year” was first to catch my eye on the front-page banner of The Seattle Times on Sunday, Dec. 7. In the Opinion section, a headline read “Make higher education a priority” [David S. Broder column, Dec. 7], which explained the cheers President-elect Barack Obama receives when…

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