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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Business
May 23, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Tax breaks: The hypocritical stance of Microsoft and other big companies

The Seattle Times editorial “Extend data center tax breaks” [Opinion, May 19) expresses support for tax breaks to Microsoft and Boeing. It implies that wage earners, not shareholders, should pay the costs of government. As you point out, our Legislature and governor granted Boeing an $8.7 billion tax break for fear Boeing would abandon its…

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Comments | More in Business | Topics: Boeing, Charles Davis, data centers

January 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Yelp: I’ve also been extorted by the online reviews site

Terry Thomas’ guest column, “What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?” [Opinion, Jan. 16] puts into words the exact experience that our business has gone through with the online review website. Start with extremely positive reviews from customers and colleagues, written in long thoughtful paragraphs with five stars. Next,…

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Comments | More in Business | Topics: online reviews, Terry Thomas, Yelp

September 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Real-estate taxes in Seattle

Questions for letter writer I have some questions for unhappy property owner Stuart Weibel. [“Northwest Voices: New city budget,” Opinion, Sept. 25.] Does he know the assessments come from the King County assessor’s office and not the mayor’s office and feature an appeal process? Did he read the latest Case-Shiller Index article? [“Home prices up again…

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Comments | More in Business, Politics, Seattle | Topics: assessment, case-shiller index, home prices

September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Starbucks amends gun policy

Take a stand Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.] You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores? Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he…

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Comments | More in Business, Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, guns, policy

September 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

It makes sense What’s the fuss about labeling foods containing genetically engineered organisms? [“Initiative 522: the cases for and against labeling GMO food,” Opinion, Sept. 22.] The process of plant-genetic engineering is different from traditional plant-hybrid breeding to obtain a desired trait. Genetic engineering forcefully introduces foreign-gene fragments into plant cells to create a new…

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Comments | More in Business, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: food manufacturers, genetically engineered foods, gmo

September 16, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Using a Roth IRA as a backup-emergency fund

Unwise Use a Roth IRA as both an emergency fund and retirement savings? [“Roth IRA can be a backup emergency fund,” Business, Sept. 8.] That is unwise. Folks who take that advice are likely to liquidate investments when the market is down to fix the car. That will lead to disappointment. Disappointment will lead to an abandoned…

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Comments | More in Business | Topics: emergency, funds, IRA

September 11, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Women engineers seek a sense of belonging

Professional woman can relate I was heartened to read in Dianne Chong’s opinion piece that she can “appreciate the relevance” of outward appearance for professional women. [“Guest column: The most common question from young women engineers? What to wear,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] The way “fitting in” and “belonging” are presented by young women can easily…

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Comments | More in Business | Topics: business, engineers, gender

September 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM

The Marketplace Fairness Act

Support local businesses Americans are more frustrated than ever with inaction in Congress during these uncertain economic times. But I’d like to give credit to Rep. Adam Smith and thank him for supporting the bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act that is being discussed in Congress. This overdue legislation is aimed at protecting local jobs and restoring rights back…

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Comments | More in Business, Congress, Economy, Politics | Topics: local business, Marketplace Fairness Act, online retailers

September 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Efficient plant boosts Mazda manufacturing

Not the most efficient way Your gee-whiz story about the efficient Mazda plant, leaves the reader with plenty of “so what?” questions. [“Super-efficient plant gives boost to Mazda,” Business, Aug. 28.] Does the “stunning rate” of one car every 54 seconds on the assembly line produce better quality and fewer line stoppages? Going at a pell-mell…

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Comments | More in Business, Economy | Topics: costs, efficiency, japan

August 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Revealing Chris Hansen’s political donation

Hedging his bets  Why the surprise and disappointment with Chris Hansen’s anonymous contribution to a petition campaign to put Sacramento’s new arena to a vote? [“Hansen fans, foes differ over misstep,” page one, Aug. 18.] After all, he is a hedge-fund manager. He was just hedging his bets. David Gacek, Seattle Unforgivable I am writing about Jerry Brewer’s column…

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Comments | More in Business, Seattle, Sports | Topics: arena, campaign, Chris Hansen

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