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Category: Families
September 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortage

Use cloth diapers Nuts! For little more than the cost of a box of the disposable ones, a family could buy a dozen cloth diapers that would last through the child’s entire toilet training period. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] We raised seven happy, healthy kids in Seattle without ever using…


Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: cloth, costs, diapers

September 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortages

Use cloth My heart is aching for those people who don’t have diapers for their little ones. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] I know it is problematic to not be able to change babies’ diapers. But tell me this. Has anyone ever heard of cloth diapers that you use, wash…


Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: children, cloth diapers, diapers

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 7, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Guns as a family tradition and measure of maturation

Model for recreational use of weapons As a gun-control advocate, I must say I enjoyed the article on 9-year-old Chanse and his family interaction with guns [“Guns offer gauge of growing up,” News, March 4]. His father and grandfather are obviously great role models and teachers for the recreational use of weapons. Absent from the article…


Comments | More in Children, Families, Gun control

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71: Should signatures be public?

A signature, like a vote, is private I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 [“R-71 signatures kept private,” page one, Sept. 11]. Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote….


Comments | More in courts, Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics, Republicans, State initiatives

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Federal cabins: Sweetheart deals or a fight with bloated bureaucracy?

Cabin owners are stewards of federal land As described in The Times’ article, families on Reclamation land who have had simple cabins 50 or more years now stand to lose them due to the new fee increase [“Families getting pushed out of cherished cabins,” page one, Sept. 9]. Our experience with the Bureau of Reclamation is…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Environment, Families, Federal government, Housing market, Parks

September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teachers strike: Spend some time in teachers’ shoes

To protect teachers’ rights and public interest, introduce binding arbitration No matter which side you believe is right in the labor dispute between Kent’s teachers and their district’s management, we can all agree teachers should receive fair contracts and a teachers strike is never in the public interest. So when negotiations reach an impasse, how can…


Comments | More in Education, Education reform, Families, Labor, Teachers

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Personal stories: why Ref. 71 should be passed

A loving home, a life among discrimination I will be voting to approve Referendum 71 to provide legal protections for couples and families like mine. My same-sex wife — we were married in Canada — and I are raising two children. Our son is a special-needs child, and our daughter is an honor student who will be…


Comments | More in Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, State initiatives

September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71 up to voters: Will rights be granted?

Washington is a place of equality Editor, The Times: I was elated to read your editorial [“Basic fairness, equality for Washington families,” Opinion, Sept. 2] encouraging voters to approve Referendum 71, upholding the domestic-partnership law, when it comes to the ballot this fall. The Washington I know is a place where people of all different races, backgrounds, creeds…


Comments | More in Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, State initiatives, Washington Legislature

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