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April 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Reverse mortgages: Best use is to invest in a living will, based on experience

On reverse mortgages: My father’s reverse mortgage let him live happily in his own home for five years with dementia and two wonderful live-in caregivers until he died at age 95 [“Mortgage loans meant to help seniors, push out their heirs,” Business/Technology, April 19]. He left them bequests totaling $25,000 in an estate of…


0 Comments | More in Seniors | Topics: Carol Carnahan, living will, reverse mortgages

April 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

High-school counselors: Training won’t create time for advising

Guest columnist Jenée Myers Twitchell quite correctly paints a picture of high school counselors staggered by too many responsibilities on their plates[“Give high-school counselors a chance to collaborate,” Education Lab, April 17]. As a former high-school counselor, I think she is right on this point. Time — or the lack thereof — is the…


0 Comments | More in Education reform | Topics: Bruce Brand, college advising, Education Lab

April 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Require training, exams, licensing and toll collection for bicyclists

There are some very simple and effective ways to increase revenue for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan without forcing another tax on vehicles and drivers [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19]. For a minimal $30 fee, require all bicyclists, beyond training-wheel stage, to take a bicycle courtesy and safety course,…


0 Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Ben Stearns, bicyclists, Seattle Bicycle Master Plan

April 24, 2014 at 6:03 AM

The Legislature needs to pass a transportation package that includes transit funding

The real blame for cuts in King County Metro Transit [“Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming,” Local News, April 23] isn’t on King County voters, the Metropolitan King County Council or even Metro. The real blame is on the state Legislature for not passing a transit bill that includes funding…


0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Christopher Guizlo, King County Metro Transit, metro

April 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would result in reduced server wages, quality of service

Paul Tong / Op Art

I’m a college-educated fine-dining restaurant server in Seattle. I oppose a $15-per-hour wage [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21].

I feel it’s already too high as it is — evident in the high prices you find on your menu items to cover the cost. Restaurants operating on a 4 percent profit margin flat-out can’t afford a 32 percent increase in labor costs. To recoup this increased wage, my restaurant has said it would need to add a “service charge” that it could then put toward the increased labor costs.

I would work just as hard so


0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Minimum Wage, Restaurants, service industry

April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats

Jonathan Martin’s reasoning for bicyclists not paying their way makes no sense [“The problem with taxing bicyclists in Seattle,” Opinion Northwest, April 16]. He claims the administrative costs for taxing and /or licensing bikers is too high and hard to enforce. If this were the case, how can we afford the administrative cost of…


0 Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, boating, James Lowndes

April 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Ukraine: Obama is miscalculating the threat from Russia

The Seattle Times editorial reflects the same naivete the Obama administration has in calculating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tactical and strategic interests in Ukraine [“All eyes on May 25 presidential election in Ukraine,” Opinion, April 21]. I guarantee “all eyes” are not on this election. And short of electing a pro-Russian leader (not very…


0 Comments | More in Ukraine | Topics: President Obama, russia, Ukraine

April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why vote to approve King County Prop. 1, despite its flaws

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Proposition 1 has its faults (for me mostly because of the regressiveness of the sales-tax component), but I am voting for it anyway.

Some fine day the state Legislature will pass a statewide transportation package, but until then we need this money to maintain the current level of service.

Without it, former bus-riders who


0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Judy DeLaittre, King County, metro

April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Obama’s race: Racial bias not common among conservative groups

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” ["Race and Obama news coverage," Opinion, April 20]. It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer: As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to…


0 Comments | More in Race | Topics: conservatives, John Cartmell, Leonard Pitts Jr.

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