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Category: Affirmative action
May 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Address income disparities in place of affirmative action

OK, if the 14th Amendment prohibits ongoing racial preferences — traditional affirmative action — how about focusing on income disparities without regard to the racial makeup of the population involved [“Brown v. Board of Education: was it worth it?” Opinion, May 17]. That would make additional resources available to all who qualify without…


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May 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Banned NBA owner: Sets precedent; others in the spotlight behave hypocritically, too

Sets precedent for other offenses

Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s private conversation expressing personal views that are highly offensive to many Americans has resulted in a lifetime ban from the NBA [“The NBA’s affirmative action,” Opinion, May 1].

What does this mean for the conduct of NBA athletes or anyone associated with professional sports? Clearly a line has been drawn. If an offensive opinion expressed in a personal conversation justifies a lifetime ban, surely we can expect illegal drug use, domestic violence and other crimes to quickly thin the rosters. Locally, this decision provides the reference point for dealing with the two suspended Husky football players who viciously attacked a stranger.

Donald Sterling’s offensive personal views may turn out to be a watershed moment for professional sports. From this moment on, we can trust that athletes, owners and coaches will hold their behavior — both public and private — to the highest ethical standards or risk a lifetime ban.

Eric Verzuh, Seattle

Others in the national spotlight behave hypocritically, too

I applaud syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts for his column shining light on the hypocrisy in how our culture deals with the utterances of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy [“On race, meet dumb and dumberer,” Opinion, April 29]. It appears that Sterling’s bigotry was


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February 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

School bonds: School construction funded unfairly

The article “Fast-growing school districts seek more money from voters” [Local News, Feb. 5] revealed that, next week, some of Washington’s richest school districts — like Bellevue and Lake Washington — will vote on more than $2 billion worth of bonds to build schools in their neighborhoods. Odds are these bonds will pass. Meanwhile,…


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November 16, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Colorado’s Amendment 46 ban on affirmative action

Ideology of the privileged Bruce Ramsey is all sour grapes about the defeat of Amendment 46 in Colorado [“Rocky Mountain high on preferences,” editorial columnist, Nov. 12]. Ramsey wants to call off affirmative-action preferences like they did in 1998 when affirmative action lost in Washington. But affirmative action is not preferences. It’s a law to undo the…


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