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Category: Economy
December 6, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Mistletoe debate sparks moral questions

Why is begging legal and selling is not?

I think the mistletoe debate is very thought-provoking [“Oregon girl gets top row of braces after mistletoe snag hits the news,” NWWednesday, Dec. 4].

It presents an issue of morals versus extremely finite legal issues: a question that is truly hard to answer.

It is clear from a moral perspective that she should be able to be able to receive medical treatment. But should she be able to harmlessly bend the rules? The article would suggest yes by implying that the guard is in the wrong here by denying her the chance for dental care.

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Comments | More in Economy | Topics: economy, Mistletoe

November 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

People need the opportunity to get a job

American workers lead to a bright American future All of the conservative, Republican, tea party people feel that poor people, who might need some help getting their lives together, just want to bury their snouts in the trough of free benefits forever. I don’t believe that for a moment. Yes, there are times when people, through no…

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Comments | More in Economy, Job market | Topics: economy, job market

October 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

State hasn’t paid its share

2008 recession continues to affect those who had nothing to do with it There is a lot of pressure for the state Supreme Court to overrule lower court rulings on state employee pensions [“Supreme Court: rule against pension lawsuits, Opinion, Oct. 24]. A recent editorial pressures the court to rule against state employees because the state needs…

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Comments | More in Economy | Topics: economy, Pensions

October 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Sen. Patty Murray will fight for sustainable budget

Call on multinational companies to pay fair share of taxes Sen. Patty Murray is brave to be taking on the task of trying to negotiate with Republicans to find a solution to our pending budget crisis [“Patty Murray’s latest task: Craft budget peace,” page one, Oct. 24]. From shutting down Mount Rainier National Park to threatening benefits…

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Comments | More in Economy, government | Topics: Budget crisis, Sen. Patty Murray

October 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Rising minimum wage will affect boomer generation

Has anyone taken the time to consider what rapidly rising wages will do to seniors on fixed incomes? [“Minimum-wage boost: Would it pay off? page one, Oct. 14]. While many are trying to nearly double the minimum wage, The Seattle Times headline stated, “Social Security raise for 2014 to be among lowest” [news, Oct. 14]. This…

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Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Minimum Wage, Washington state minimum wage

October 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Washington in need of high-standard trade agreements

Trans-Pacific Partnership will help state’s job market Jon Talton’s column highlights the critical need for a high-standard trade agreement that will benefit Washington state and the national economy [“Pivot toward Asia comes with potholes,” business, Oct 13]. Washington state has much to gain from a well-crafted agreement due to our strong economic ties with Asia. In fact,…

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Comments | More in Economy, trade | Topics: tpp, trans pacific partnership, Washington state trade

October 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Cut off congressional paychecks

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 10: A U.S. Capitol Police officer picks up money that was thrown on the floor by activists protesting against the government shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Who has the courage to step up? There is a way to resolve the current impasse in Congress. One member of Congress needs to have the…

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Comments | Topics: Congress, economy, government shutdown

October 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Debt crisis increasing

Causes are well known Republican House Speaker John Boehner wants to know the cause of the requirement for a debt-ceiling increase. The causes are well known: outsourcing of American jobs and manufacturing, accumulation of wealth with the top 1 percent, tax cuts for the wealthy so that the wealth at the top is not fairly taxed,…

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Comments | More in Economy, Government shutdown | Topics: economy, government shutdown

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