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February 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Pasco shooting: How to prevent future tragedies?

After watching the video of Antonio Zambrano-Montes being killed by Pasco police, I agree with the attorney’s statement that Zambrano-Montes’ constitutional rights were violated [“Move past race to better policing,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. The Pasco police claim that they felt threatened by rocks, but the suspect had his arms raised in the air…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Melissa Yapp, Pasco

February 19, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Take the fight against the Islamic State to social media

I’m pleased to see the Obama administration make an effort to revamp and expand the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications as digital propaganda becomes more potent [“Hostage’s parents launch social-media bid to free son held in Syria,” Nation & World, Feb. 5]. However, I’m disappointed at the lack of initiative to do so…

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Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Lindsey Habenicht

February 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Medical transparency needs to become one of the nation’s top priorities

Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed two new bills pushing for health-care cost transparency [“Make medical providers compete on price as well as quality,” Opinion, Feb. 6]. HB 1437 and SB 5084 would create an all-payer claims database that provides public access to cost and quality information about health-care providers and services. This means…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, health, health care

February 18, 2015 at 6:46 AM

To improve school boards, add teachers

As a teacher of 44 years in public and private schools, I would like to respond to The Seattle Times editorial on tweaking school boards [“Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance,” Opinion, Feb. 12]. Good companies such as Boeing and Nordstrom would not be better run if their boards were composed of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, John Fenoli, school board

February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

February 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Lower speed limits: Pedestrians can do more to protect themselves

Congratulations to the mayor, the police department and the Seattle Department of Transportation for lowering the speed limits. This is a huge step forward in the never-ending quest to drive the motorists of this town completely insane. Since we are already No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian safety, according to the pedestrian safety…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: cars, Mary Woodring, pedestrians

February 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Port slowdown: Two sides to the story

Any bargaining over contested points of view has two sides. The current Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union dispute is no different [“Lawmakers push for end to West Coast port strife,” Business, Feb. 12]. In the most current escalation, the employers are choosing not to use labor at whatever pace that…

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Comments | More in Port of Seattle | Topics: Chuck Morrison, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Pacific Maritime Association

February 13, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Mental health: Fix the system

The Legislature must resolve weaknesses throughout the public mental-health crisis system, including adequate psychiatric bed capacity, extending non-institutional intensive treatment options and updating the judicial process [“Lawmakers consider ways to improve mental-health services,” Local News, Feb. 10]. When the system works properly, it can halt the downward spiral of a person’s psychiatric illness. But…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Frank Jose, Legislature, mental health

February 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Vaccinations: The few are endangering the many

I’m horrified by the current trend of parents who refuse (on dubious grounds) to vaccinate their children against dangerous and preventable infectious diseases [“Vaccine experts: It’s time to ‘nudge’ hesitant parents,” Local News, Feb. 7]. Growing up in the1940s and ’50s, I saw friends crippled from polio and I was confined to home during the summer…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: disease, health, measles

February 12, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Open-carry guns: Legislature taking a page from Supreme Court’s book

The irony of our state legislators follows in the vein of a recent legal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our state legislators create a ban on open-carrying firearm protesters in order to do their job in safety. The ban fails to protect other elected officials during local city and county meetings [“Battle…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: First Amendment, Glenda Tecklenburg, guns

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