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April 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Gender wage gap: Family leave important for gender parity

I commend The Seattles Times’ editorial board for calling upon the city to pay women equal wages for equal work in the editorial “Gender wage gap persists; city should provide equal pay” [Opinion, April 11]. I was surprised, however, by the recommendation for increasing women’s access to training instead of advocating for the City…

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0 Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: gender equity, Jane Oliphant, Seattle City Council

April 16, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Boeing: Tax break better spent on education

I read with dismay and deep anger in The Seattle Times that Boeing will pull 1000 engineering jobs out of our state [“Boeing moving 1,000 more engineering jobs to California,” Business/Technology, April 10]. As a retired public-school teacher, this hurts me deeply in two ways. First, my state Legislature agreed to grant Boeing almost 9…

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0 Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: Boeing, education, James W. Hauser

April 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Initiative 1351: Pay the bills, and sign class-size petition

In 2009, editorial boards gushed over an education-reform bill to be fully funded by 2018. This future liability was unfunded, a concern for many legislators, including myself. As I asked then, how could we expect future Legislatures to possess the courage of our convictions if we didn’t possess that courage ourselves? The Washington Supreme Court has…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Brendan Williams, Class size, education

April 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

EPA: More change might be needed, but don’t overlook what’s been done

M. Ryder / Op Art

The guest column in The Seattle Times charging that the EPA has failed in its duty to protect public health and the environment brings the EPA’s dilemma front and center [“How the EPA has failed its duty,” Opinion, April 12].

The EPA is attacked from the right by Republicans, as being a rogue agency attempting to over regulate, and from the left for being in the pocket of business, consistently doing its bidding.

The EPA’s principal charge is to protect America’s public health and environment, and to do so by balancing other social concerns such as economic prosperity. This is a hard, complex job. When the agency

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, EPA, William D. Ruckelshaus

April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Unfortunate it takes the McCleary decision to get legislators to act

Although Washington state lawmakers may be “gearing up for a thoughtful debate,” some voters hoped they might have at least begun that during the session just finished ["Initiative 1351 aims to corner Legislature on K-12," Opinion, April 12]. The McCleary decision calls for increased funding for the purpose of dealing with problems such as excessively large class sizes and excessive caseloads for…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Initiative 1351, Legislature, Mary Wallon

April 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Not much has changed in 44 years for parity in women’s pay

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Equal Rights Amendment (the possible 26th Amendment then) was being discussed, argued and finally defeated, I was a young mother whose job was to raise  four chilldren. Women are still getting about 23 cents less an hour per $1  than men. Still!  [“Forum: The gender pay…

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0 Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Elizabeth M. Williams, Equal Rights Amendment, Pay parity

April 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: a lazy electorate?; Democracy sold to highest bidder

If the rich decide elections, it’s due to a lazy electorate

Syndicated columnist Gail Collins seems to feel that because the Supreme Court has allowed larger political donations, the rich now have more leverage in political elections [“Surprise! The rich won one,” Opinion, April 6].

Hey, are any of us forced to base our votes on TV ads, billboards and bumper stickers? Do the Koch Brothers (or any other billionaires) force us to vote for the candidates they support?

Or do all citizens have the opportunity, not to mention the responsibility, to inform themselves regarding all the candidates and issues?

If the rich determine the elections, based on their donations, it is due only to the laziness of the rest of the voting public.

Richard Askren, Seattle

Democracy sold to the highest bidder

There is just something so unseemly, wrong and even slimy about the Supreme Court’s rulings on

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0 Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: advertising, Don Curtis, Free speech

April 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Oso mudslide: Some mudslide insurance help available

As victims of the catastrophic landslide in Oso start rebuilding their lives, many face the additional calamity of having no insurance for the loss of their homes [“Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans,” Local News, April 1]. Losses from landslides are not covered by typical homeowner’s insurance. But there may be…

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0 Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Arthur Zeizel, FEMA, flood

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