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October 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Zoo elephants: City Council needs to up the pressure on the zoo

You won’t hear the City Council or mayor admit it, but the fact is this: The City of Seattle has authority to compel the Woodland Park Zoo to transfer its two surviving elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to a sanctuary and permanently close its live elephant exhibit [“Learn from the death of zoo elephant…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Rick Hall, Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation

October 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Mental health: Let’s start talking about fixing the system

Thank you for including Jonathan Martin’s column, “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13]. He speaks to a major issue facing our state. Washington’s mental-health system has been struggling for years to maintain enough beds. We’ve seen this very clearly with the large increase of psychiatric boarding over the last few years. In 2012,…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Anastasia D. Hill, boarding, King County

October 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Ebola: Create a quarantine period for people entering the U.S. from West Africa

The United States must stop Ebola from entering the country until we learn how to prevent its spread and have developed effective vaccines, preventive medications or effective therapies [“U.S. steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis,” Nation & World, Oct. 15]. At this time, Ebola is uncontrolled in countries from which people can only…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: disease, Ebola, Gayle Thuot

October 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Women in tech: Some ideas for reducing workplace inequality

I would like to suggest a simpler solution to income inequality than Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella offered in his “karma” statement: let the sunshine in [“Why I’m glad Satya Nadella gave that awful career advice to women,” Monica Guzman, Oct. 11]. By legislation or initiative, make every person’s pay appear on the public…

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Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: Microsoft, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, Thor Thompson

October 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Advisory Vote No. 8: Marijuana is already overtaxed

I don’t understand The Seattle Times’ logic in supporting Advisory Vote No. 8, the law that excludes state licensed marijuana farmers from agricultural tax advantages [“The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 8 on marijuana tax,” Opinion. Oct. 14]. The Times writes, “Initiative 502, rightly puts pot alongside alcohol as an adult indulgence…

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Comments | More in Election, Marijuana | Topics: Advisory Vote No. 8, election, marijuana

October 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Judicial ratings: Provide more funding for information on judicial candidates

Facing another set of confusing judicial elections, I much appreciated The Seattle Times editorial recognizing votingforjudges.org — the website that disseminates objective, accurate and comprehensive information about judicial candidates [“Votingforjudges.org makes it easier to size up judicial candidates,” Opinion, Oct. 15]. More people should know about this site. As a matter of human interest,…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, judicial, justices

October 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Gun control: Many shooters pass background checks

My mailbox assaulted me with a slick, expensive flyer funded by Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) promoting Initiative 594, requiring background checks of all gun transfers, as if every gun owner was about to go crazy and shoot up a school [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, initiative 594

October 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun control: Gun registration is like car registration

Gun owners are objecting to Initiative 594 on the basis that they think it results in gun registration [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local News, Oct. 13]. They seem to think it could result in their guns being seized for no reason. There is no record of that…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, initiative 594

October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3]. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Chuck Hagel, climate change, Davis Oldham

October 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police need more freedom to perform duties

We don’t need more police on the beat as much as we need to untie the hands of those already on duty ["Seattle needs to crack down on street crime with more police," Opinion, Oct. 13]. We have restricted the normal operation of those on duty by the frivolous lawsuits and federal meddling to…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Charles Hodson, consent decree, seattle police

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