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Category: alcohol
May 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Liquor: Availability of alcohol has negative consequences

As a 21-year-old living in Washington state, I was against the initiative that made liquor more accessible in grocery stores. I was concerned about the consequences this might have to my demographic. As demonstrated by the article “Expanded liquor sales tied to emergency room trips,” [The Today File, May 29], the consequences are becoming…

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Comments | More in alcohol | Topics: alcohol, Karina Soennichsen, Liquor

February 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Liquor prices: Consumers have been the losers of I-1183

Since the fleecing of Washington consumers with the passage of Initiative 1183 [“Another possible booze price hike looms over Wash.” Local News, Feb. 23] — where the Liquor Control Board vacated the liquor business, sold their store leases, eliminated their retail employees, then raised taxes and added additional taxes — there have been…

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Comments | More in alcohol | Topics: Initiative 1183, Tom Shafer, washington state liquor control board

December 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Enforce current intoxication laws before marijuana law goes into effect

Our city must show discipline for these laws to work

Recently, The Seattle Times ran an editorial dubbed “The growing pains of marijuana legalization,” [Opinion, Dec. 11].

In this editorial, the editorial board touches on retail marijuana stores, the perpetuation of the marijuana black market and (by far the most important topic) laws and enforcement as they pertain to smoking marijuana in public.

Though the board approaches the issue with an attitude to which I am receptive, I somewhat disagree with its thoughts on public marijuana use and how it is similar to public intoxication. I do agree that the two issues share a similar situation, but I do not believe that passing laws limiting public marijuana use will make any difference whatsoever.

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Comments | More in alcohol, Marijuana | Topics: marijuana

August 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Alcohol policies and awareness at Washington State University

Take it further Washington State University’s new alcohol policies are a step in the right direction. [“Editorial: Campus drinking: ‘Cougs looking out for Cougs,’” Opinion, Aug. 19.] The concept of training students what to do when a friend is sick is a terrific idea, as a majority of alcohol-poisoning deaths occur when friends let an inebriated…

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Comments | More in alcohol, Education | Topics: alcohol, education, policy

May 6, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Son of couple killed in DUI crash speaks out

Alcoholism must be treated like a disease In my opinion, implementing stiffer DUI penalties, such mandatory jail time, is not the answer for drunken drivers [“Despair. Pain. Resolve.,” page one, May 1]. I want to preface my comments by saying I had a brother who was an alcoholic and ended up committing suicide, and now a…

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Comments | More in alcohol, DUI | Topics: alcohol, alcoholism, death

May 4, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Bill would reduce tax rate for small distilleries

Don’t subsidize craft distilleries I am most distressed by the craft distilleries bill [“Craft distilleries bill,” Business, May 3]. This bill subsidizes rich hobbyists and a line of business that we don’t really have any state interest in. We won’t drink less booze and we will not be collecting the taxes for the state. Why not collect…

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Comments | More in alcohol | Topics: alcohol, craft distilleries bill

April 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Gov. Inslee and lawmakers work to make DUI laws more severe

Alert drivers when DUI offender is nearby Solution to stop drunken drivers before they leave someone dead [“Governor, lawmakers working on changes to state DUI laws,” NWWednesday, April 10]: • Change the “privilege” of driving to allow persons convicted of DUI to be stopped at any time and given a sobriety test. • Require those persons to carry…

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Comments | More in alcohol, DUI

April 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Are Washington state DUI laws severe enough?

The key is early treatment The article about DUI laws in the state of Washington was informative, but it lacked specific proposals for what works in treating alcoholism and addiction [“Do state DUI laws go far enough?” front page, March 31]. I am a recovering alcoholic with over 18 years of sobriety, a lawyer, a husband, a…

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April 2, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Lawmakers reconsider severity of DUI laws

Public officials have failed to protect the public from drunken drivers As one who has lived within two blocks of the horrendous DUI-instigated crash and deaths last Monday, I was outraged and discouraged by the statement of one of our state legislators in the excellent article Sunday addressing state DUI laws [“Do state DUI laws go…

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Comments | More in alcohol, crime/justice | Topics: addiction, dui, pedestrians

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