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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Election
February 11, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Cost of initiatives: Voters don’t have all the information

Requiring initiatives to include fiscal impact information is a sensible and long-overdue step for our democracy in Washington state [“Bill would require ballots to note initiatives’ fiscal impact,” Local News, Jan. 9]. We voters love to support both lower taxes and expanded services, such as smaller class sizes. Who wouldn’t? But we aren’t the…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: election, initiatives, Legislature

February 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Minimum wage: Certain trades are a better way to lift people out of poverty

I have some ideas about how to lift some of the underprivileged kids from poverty [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. We had two young men in our family at different times who were saved by a wonderful program in Highline Public Schools. They both struggled mightily to reach…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: college, education, Minimum Wage

February 2, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Voter initiatives: Don’t disenfranchise voters

The Times’ low opinion of voters’ ability to make sound judgments on ballot measures is once again on full display [“Voter initiatives need to include funding balance,” Opinion, Jan. 26]. Leaving budget-related decisions solely to the discretion of politicians in Olympia is not always the best answer. I did not support Initiative 1351 for…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Gary Larson, Initiative 1351, initiatives

November 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Republicans need to ensure they represent more than core party members

The Republicans had a very good election day [“America’s broken political system,” Opinion, Nov. 7]. So be it. That said, however, I would caution the victors with this: Look at your margin of victory in the many races. Was it 15 to 20 percent, or was it more like 4 to 6 percent or less? Also, look…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: constitution, Democrats, Dennis R. Bertaud

November 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Midterm election: Our own system of politics is rundown

I found Nicholas Kristof’s column “America’s broken political system” [Opinion, Nov. 7] to be spot on. How disheartened do Americans have to become before we can transform this out-of-control wrecking ball? Despite approval ratings that are in the cellar, we continue to sustain this highly paid group of bullies and mud wrestlers. We have…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Dave Humphrey, Democrats, midterm elections

November 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Midterm election: Republicans invent their own rules

What Republican majority? [“Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. Please recall that four years ago, obstructionist Republicans invented the permanent 60-seat majority in the Senate. Even the most optimistic result of Tuesday’s election puts them way below that magic number. Did Republicans really think that they could dish out…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Hans Aschenbach

November 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Midterm elections: All Republicans have done is sabotage Obama

I am struck by the number of items on guest columnist George Nethercutt’s list of goals that could have already been achieved except for the intransigence of Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the Senate [“What Republicans need to accomplish now that they control Congress,” Opinion, Nov. 5]. The…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, midterm elections

November 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Midterm elections: Repudiation of Obama’s leadership

Super Tuesday’s midterm elections might just have well been Blue Monday for President Obama, as Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate after election results were finally tabulated [“Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell weigh move to new committees,” Local News, Nov. 5]. Candidate Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 as an agent of “change,” and the…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, maria cantwell

November 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Midterm elections: The need to return to democracy

Voters have replaced enough Democratic U.S. Senators to give the Republicans a majority and retained the Republican majority in the House [“Republicans making powerful bid for Senate control,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. One possible explanation is voters were dissatisfied with the president’s style and substance of governing. It’s hard to believe voters…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Democrats, midterm elections, Milton C. Smith

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