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September 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Domestic violence: Don’t only assign blame

The high-profile instances of domestic violence in the NFL underscore a prevalent and deeper problem [“How to send chills down NFL’s spine,” Opinion, Sept. 18]. Domestic violence and familial trauma affect as many as 60 percent of adults in the U.S. This is common, pervasive and occurs in a culture that keeps such matters…

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Comments | More in Domestic violence | Topics: domestic violence, Jody McVittie, Karen Schrantz

September 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Marijuana: Grow more to hurt the black market

Killy Nichelin, who didn’t get a lottery spot, said some winners looked to profit from their license alone, which they viewed as “golden tickets” to barter with. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market [“Rocky start for state’s pot stores,” Local News, Sept. 17 ].

In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to be

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Adam Schuetzler, Liquor Control Board, marijuana

September 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

I-594: Gun background checks won’t deter criminals

Supporters of Initiative 594 claim a study shows a supposed benefit of gun background checks. The premise is that I-594 “could have prevented those deaths because some of the guns used had been stolen…” They assert it “could prevent some questionable transactions and make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.” This is the logical…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: background checks, Bob Wiley, gun conrol

September 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

McCleary decision: Blame Tim Eyman for our funding woes

Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have struggled to balance the needs of the state with the available resources. And now they are held in contempt by the court because there are not enough resources ["Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding," Politics Northwest, Sept. 11]. The people of Washington should direct their…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edward Roe, Legislature, McCleary decision

September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Other countries are smart to not become involved

Do you hear the countries of Japan, India and China’s mentioned in all this talk about the Middle East, when it comes to eradicating the world of the Islamic State ["Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq," Nation & World, Sept. 15]? While our money and time is spent on this unattainable goal, they’re…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Barb Kelley, iraq, Islamic State

September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle ["Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing," Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: apodments, Bob Palmer, Eastlake

September 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Extend charity care to help debt-ridden patients

As someone with medical debt, I find it inexcusable that hospitals are using the gains of Obamacare as an excuse to slash their charity care programs [“Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state,” Local News, Sept. 14]. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer two years ago as a result of being underinsured. We were…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: charity care, Franciscan Health System, health care

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