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December 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Trade: Obama needs to face the realities of NAFTA

President Obama spoke recently to the Business Roundtable, as reported in the Seattle Times article [“Obama offers candor, insights in Q&A with top CEOs,” Nation & World, Dec. 4]. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. presidents promised shared prosperity, while our economy de-industrialized and millions of family-wage manufacturing jobs disappeared. Our…


Comments | More in trade | Topics: Maralyn Chase, NAFTA, President Obama

December 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Stop asking the middle class to subsidize businesses like Boeing

On Monday, Boeing announced a new $12 billion buyout of their stock after just completing a $6 billion buyback of stock last year. This makes shareholders wealthier while not producing a single new job. Boeing is able to do this thanks to a tax system that has increasingly favored corporations over individuals. Boeing is a good…


Comments | More in Boeing, Taxes | Topics: Boeing, buyback, Joe Curiel

December 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: A comparison to a past boondoggle

Those with some years and who still have memory will remember the nuclear power fiasco during Gov. Dan Evans’ reign, which came to be known as “Whoops,” a morph of the acronym for Washington Public Power Supply System. That resulted in the abandonment of half-built nuclear power plants around the state at great expense to…


Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Gov. Dan Evans

December 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

U.S. Senate torture report: We’ve lost the moral high ground

I am saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that more than 50 percent of Americans condone our government’s use of torture [“Majority of Americans think CIA justified in use of terror tactics,” Nation & World, Dec. 15]. What have we become? To inflict the same abuses and terror on those who attack us…


Comments | More in torture | Topics: CIA, Lori Lisowski, Torture

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Surgeon general confirmation: Dr. Vivek Murthy is a vibrant spokesman

When the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new surgeon general [“Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general,” Nation & World, Dec. 15], the American people gained a vibrant spokesman and strong proponent of our public health. As the youngest surgeon general in history, he will bring entrepreneurial and organizational…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Doctors for America, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Lisa Plymate

December 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Federal budget: Fund programs that promote peace efforts

In a year of deep divide in our government, I appreciate that our elected officials came together to pass a bill to keep us solvent through September 2015 [“Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends,” Nation & World, Dec. 17]. While the budget passed doesn’t include funding for Homeland Security, it does…


Comments | More in Budget | Topics: Federal budget, peace, Seattle Peace Alliance

December 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Give Bertha a burial service

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with CenturyLink Field and Mount Rainier in the background (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

I recommend that the reality of the situation be accepted and addressed before the downtown sinks any further [“WSDOT explains the settling, liability and safety of the Highway 99 tunnel project,” Opinion, Dec. 15]. It is well known that Seattle sits on unstable ground, and tunneling has now disturbed it.

Stop pumping. Leave Bertha where it is and give it a decent burial service. Get on with a workable solution — either a new viaduct or


Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gretchen Lambert, highway 99

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