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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Environment
April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Salmon recovery has ripple effects for state’s economy, other ecosystems

A Chinook salmon passes through the Ballard Locks in Seattle. (DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES).

Those who think that the U.S. Congress spends too much money saving salmon or should spread it to other animals don’t understand salmon recovery in Washington state [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Salmon have been decimated across 75 percent of the state. But today, we spend less than one-third of what is needed for recovery. Funding for endangered animals nationwide is

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Congress, David Troutt, Kaleen Cottingham

April 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

EPA: More change might be needed, but don’t overlook what’s been done

M. Ryder / Op Art

The guest column in The Seattle Times charging that the EPA has failed in its duty to protect public health and the environment brings the EPA’s dilemma front and center [“How the EPA has failed its duty,” Opinion, April 12].

The EPA is attacked from the right by Republicans, as being a rogue agency attempting to over regulate, and from the left for being in the pocket of business, consistently doing its bidding.

The EPA’s principal charge is to protect America’s public health and environment, and to do so by balancing other social concerns such as economic prosperity. This is a hard, complex job. When the agency

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, EPA, William D. Ruckelshaus

March 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Thanks for supporting salmon recovery

We disagree with the guest editorial by Timothy Male [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the other members of the Washington state congressional delegation, should be commended for their ongoing support of salmon recovery.

Salmon are a critical component of Pacific Coast ecosystems and of our cultural heritage. They are a focus for recreation, and have supported rural communities stretching from Northern California to Alaska for generations.

Our federal government made promises to Northwest Indian tribes through treaties guaranteeing access to fish indefinitely, and rivers without fish amount to empty promises.

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0 Comments | More in animals, Environment | Topics: salmon, salmon recovery

March 18, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Columbia River Treaty: Don’t stand in the way of cheaper energy

In the column by Lance Dickie [“Weigh all the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty,” Opinion, March 14], there is a reference to U.S. environmental legislation. The environmental causes are costing the U.S. people more than any other costs that are legislated. This in part is the hold on infrastructure improvements. Environmental issues should be…

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Columbia River Treaty, environment, Lance Dickie

March 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Short-sea shipping: Don’t forget about other environmental impacts

This reader is relieved to find out that air pollution and therefore climate change doesn’t exist beyond 50 nautical miles [”New EPA emission standards would hurt short-sea shipping”, Opinion, March 3]. All this talk of biological interdependence that connects us and all other life in an ecological web must be overzealous science. The old way, out-of-sight…

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Art James, Short-sea shipping

March 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

No evidence limiting marine sewage discharge would benefit the environment

The Seattle Times’ recent editorial “No sewage discharge marine zones is good policy” [Opinion, Feb. 28] misses the point. There is no science that demonstrates how this very minimal amount of treated discharge would have any appreciable impact on the environment. What this ban would do is create yet another unnecessary, costly and hard-to-enforce…

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Bill Youngsman, environment, Marine sewage discharge

February 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Hooven bog: Ask neighbors to preserve the bog

Randy Whalen, whose property near Woodinville borders a rare sphagnum moss bog, is leading an effort to preserve it from a developer’s plan to build five houses on it. “I’m basically mad as hell,’’ Whalen said about the development plan. “They are doing this to our children.” (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

The Times’ article about citizens’ issues with developers in Snohomish County came as no surprise to me [“Bog a battlefield for developer, neighbor in Snohomish County,” Local News, Feb. 10]. And to read the article it seemed like bureaucratic bungling of the worst kind.

Then I looked up the place on Google Earth and a different story emerged: a tiny gem of a place surrounded by mansions.

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Hooven bog, Randy Whalen, Robert Reed

February 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Olympic Peninsula protection: Push also for protection of North Cascades

The Olympic National Forest Wilderness expansion article was a necessary inspiration for nature-loving Washingtonians [“Bill would expand wilderness area at Olympic National Forest,” Local News, Jan. 21]. Saving 126,554 acres of the Olympic National Forest from logging, mining and damming is crucial to sustain the purity of drinking water and is essential to forest…

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Kristin Saksa, National Forest, North Cascades

January 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Columbia River salmon restoration plan works

No need to remove dams, the plan is working The federal Columbia River salmon restoration plan criticized in “Water over dams saves salmon” [Opinion, Jan. 27] is neither “vague” nor “mushy” — unlike the ill-informed Seattle Times editorial that panned it. In fact, the plan is the largest and most expensive wildlife restoration effort in…

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Columbia River salmon restoration plan, Terry Flores

January 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Urban forest offers educational and ecological value

Corrected version

The article “Bothell acquires more land to preserve” [NWFriday, Jan. 3] was a good primer on the issues facing conservation in North Creek Forest.

The true community value of Bothell’s last urban forest is that it’s within walking distance of more than 9,000 people, from kindergartners to doctorate candidates.

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Bothell, North Creek Forest

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