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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Children
December 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Children do better when raised by two biological parents

FYI Guy Gene Balk thinks it may surprise us that nuclear families are on the rise in Seattle because we tend to be liberals [“End of the nuclear family? Not in Seattle,” FYI Guy, Dec. 28]. The Times juxtaposed his column with one about a blogger who, likewise, has difficulty grasping why liberals…


Comments | More in Children | Topics: children, Gene Balk, John Hribernick

October 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Spanking: Some punishment is warranted by those who ‘just do not get it’

With all due respect for guest columnist Roslyn Ann Duffy, we, as a society, are witnessing the results of a total lack of consequences when bringing up a child [“Spanking teaches the wrong life lessons to children,” Opinion, Oct. 14]. We see every day young people breaking into homes or vehicles, and when they…


Comments | More in Children | Topics: Child abuse, Leonard Pitts Jr., spanking

September 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Corporal punishment: Use ‘third way’ to discipline children

Leonard Pitts’ column in last Sunday’s Seattle Times was very upsetting [“What is and is not child abuse,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. Pitts should take a look at the readily available photographs of the bloody wounds all over the body of Adrian Peterson’s son before blithely writing, “I have no idea of the severity of…


Comments | More in Children | Topics: Adrian Peterson, child discipline, Corporal punishment

November 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Washington has least affordable child care

Mothers pushed out of workforce to stay at home I want to thank Gene Balk for revealing the facts about child care in Washington state [“Washington among states with least-affordable child care,” Online, Nov. 4]. The information he shared is not only sobering, it’s distressing. Countless families are struggling with being able to afford quality care…


Comments | More in Children | Topics: child care

September 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Parents convicted in death of adopted daughter in Skagit County

Carri Williams reacts after the verdict came in Skagit County Superior Court Monday finding her guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her adopted daughter, Hana. [Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald] Unthinkable tragedy The despicable crimes that Carri and Larry Williams committed against their adopted children are very difficult to comprehend….


Comments | More in Children, crime/justice | Topics: adoptive parents, hana williams, larry and carri williams

August 29, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Silverdale couple charged with child assault

Family court dropped the ball How in the world did the sadistic Brandon and Viviana Gunn of Kitsap County get guardianship of his 13-year-old brother? [“Around the Northwest: Couple charged with child assault,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] Their arrest for brutally torturing the boy sickens me. I just recently jumped through numerous legal hoops here to…


Comments | More in Children, crime/justice, Families, Public safety | Topics: children, cruelty, family court

April 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Breast-feeding isn’t for everyone

Give all mothers support All new moms need support for their feeding choices, not stigmatization from health-care providers, family, friends and society at large [“Breast-feeding is not always everyone’s best available option,” Opinion, April 13]. Beth’s story poignantly demonstrates just how much support all new parents need while caring for newborns. She reminds us that regardless of…


Comments | More in Children, Families

March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seattle Public Schools’ Courageous Conversations curriculum

Lessons have power to change hearts and minds I am writing in wholehearted support of Jon Greenberg and his Citizenship & Social Justice course at the Center School [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. My son graduated from the Center School in 2007. He was a student in Greenberg’s Poetry…


Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle School Board, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

March 25, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Courageous Conversations: race and gender curricula

Seattle Public Schools and the city need to take a clear stand Teacher Jon Greenberg challenges on Seattle Public Schools to decide whether or not it is against racism in our public schools [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. His call should also wake up our city. We pride ourselves on…


Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

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