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April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why vote to approve King County Prop. 1, despite its flaws

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Proposition 1 has its faults (for me mostly because of the regressiveness of the sales-tax component), but I am voting for it anyway.

Some fine day the state Legislature will pass a statewide transportation package, but until then we need this money to maintain the current level of service.

Without it, former bus-riders who

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0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Judy DeLaittre, King County, metro

April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Obama’s race: Racial bias not common among conservative groups

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” ["Race and Obama news coverage," Opinion, April 20]. It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer: As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to…

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0 Comments | More in Race | Topics: conservatives, John Cartmell, Leonard Pitts Jr.

April 22, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Minimum wage: What would happen to those currently making $15 an hour?

Regarding Amy Martinez’s article “$15 wage — and tips, too?” (Page One, April 21), the elephant in the room needs to be addressed: What is to happen to those of us who have worked for years to finally earn $15 to $16 an hour? I started in my trade at the minimum wage of $3.23, back…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15, Kim Seigel, Minimum Wage

April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Salmon recovery has ripple effects for state’s economy, other ecosystems

A Chinook salmon passes through the Ballard Locks in Seattle. (DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES).

Those who think that the U.S. Congress spends too much money saving salmon or should spread it to other animals don’t understand salmon recovery in Washington state [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Salmon have been decimated across 75 percent of the state. But today, we spend less than one-third of what is needed for recovery. Funding for endangered animals nationwide is

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Congress, David Troutt, Kaleen Cottingham

April 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Enforce immigration laws already on the books

I hope the article in The Seattle Times “Death at the border defies a dream” [Nation & World, April 20] was not written to evoke sympathy from the public. It caused me more cynicism and disdain for the politicians in this country who refuse to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.  These…

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0 Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: health care, illegal immigration, immigration

April 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Minimum wage: Pay only for what someone’s work is worth

The current press for increasing the minimum wage both nationally and locally is justified by appealing to the need for workers to have “a living wage” [“Count restaurant tips in minimum-wage debate,” Opinion, April 18]. As so often happens in public advocacy, this is looking at the situation exactly backward. The first question when…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Marv Brown, Minimum Wage

April 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Boeing: The company will get what it pays for by moving engineers

Corrected version Boeing’s Groundhog Day is coming again [“Boeing managers say transfer of engineer jobs damaging talent, morale,” Business/Technology, April 15]. Remember all the grandiose expectations when Boeing production was moved to South Carolina? Low wages, but high quality to continue. Several years later: many delays, poor quality, canceled contracts and Boeing is still struggling…

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0 Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: Boeing, Doreen Suran, engineers

April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Citizens can’t compete with Corporate America

Guest columnist William R. Maurer ends his guest column concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling with the following statement, “ … for proponents of open and unrestrained political debate, the decision is something to celebrate.” [“Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech,” Opinion, April 8] The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision will now allow…

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0 Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: James J. Farrell, McCutcheon ruling, U.S. Supreme Court

April 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Marijuana: Pot industry background checks encourage illicit activity

Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids’ hands, and keeping the business out of criminals’ hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive. I see that the state is going to…

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0 Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: background checks, feds, Howard Hance

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