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January 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Boondogglers are digging for money

Last week, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson unabashedly reported that $959 million of the $1.44 billion contract has been spent on the tunnel project, suggesting that the completion date and overall costs are indeterminable [“Stalled Bertha’s tunnel project 70% done?” Local News, Dec. 27]. As a consequence, the entire tunnel project and the tax dollars of…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Guy Detrick, Highway 99 tunnel

September 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Health-care debate rages

Protesters in D.C. should get what they deserve The thousands who descended on Washington this weekend to protest what they perceive as a misguided health-care reform certainly deserve to be heard. I only hope they find the same success in changing government policy that the millions of us around the world who protested against the misguided…

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Comments | More in Health care, Reform

September 14, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Referendum 71

A swell idea for Judge Settle The Seattle Times editorial “The good fight” from Sept. 12 agreed with state Attorney General Rob McKenna that names of those who sign referendums may be considered a public record, and should be released. U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle has disagreed and blocked the release. I have a suggestion…

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Comments | More in Gay rights

September 14, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Column on President Obama’s speech to students missed the point

Amused, but saddened, by Blethen’s views I read with equal parts amusement and sadness Ryan Blethen’s column on “the furor surrounding President Obama’s speech to students,” [“Some parents missed an opportunity to let kids learn about the world,” Opinion, Sept. 13]. I was amused by some jabs at the far right that were perhaps not entirely out…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics

September 14, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Hypocrisy at the border

Canadian-American couple are the least of our concern There appears to be a distinct odor of hypocrisy stagnating over our northern border, [“Love in a no man’s land,” page one, Sept. 13]. Our Canadian neighbors are steadfast in maintaining their high moral standards and public safety by keeping David Williams and his 6-year-old DUI rap from…

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Comments | More in Immigration

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71: Should signatures be public?

A signature, like a vote, is private I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 [“R-71 signatures kept private,” page one, Sept. 11]. Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote….

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Comments | More in courts, Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics, Republicans, State initiatives

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health care: a sour debate, diet as the answer and cutting costs

The problem with health care? Look in the mirror The Seattle Times editorial [“Needed health reform must contain costs,” Opinion, Sept. 6] noting that health-care reform must contain costs identified part of the problems facing quality care as insurance companies, excessive specialist income, how medical services are delivered and paid, and high costs of new technology…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Congress, Food/nutrition, Health care, Politics, Reform, Republicans

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing: Will 787 line move to S. Carolina?

Does S. Carolina know how to build a Boeing? Editor, The Times: Though I never built a Boeing aircraft, I did fly them. Because of the dedication, knowledge and expertise of Washington state craftsmen and women, many of those well-designed and constructed airframes are still flying. Consider that the 707, 737, 747, B-52 and even some B-17s are…

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Comments | More in aviation, Boeing, Business, Labor, Unions

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Israel: Should settlements be withdrawn from Palestine?

Freezing Israeli settlements a path to peace In attacking President Obama’s demand for a settlement freeze by Israel [“Obama’s misguided approach to Israel,” Opinion, guest column, Sept. 4], Nevet Basker is either incredibly naive or supremely Machiavellian. She presents a simplistic version of what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to achieve. It’s not about adding a…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Bush administration, Foreign policy, Israel, Politics

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Federal cabins: Sweetheart deals or a fight with bloated bureaucracy?

Cabin owners are stewards of federal land As described in The Times’ article, families on Reclamation land who have had simple cabins 50 or more years now stand to lose them due to the new fee increase [“Families getting pushed out of cherished cabins,” page one, Sept. 9]. Our experience with the Bureau of Reclamation is…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Environment, Families, Federal government, Housing market, Parks

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