Danny Westneat’s column “College presidents hiss at cuts” [Local News, Sept. 10] prompted me to finally realize that the government in this state is just about as dysfunctional as that in D.C. I consider education to be critical not only for today but for the future of Washington. It seems we, through our supposed…More
Pull out of Iraq Guest columnist Robin Wright suggests that U.S. policy in Iraq should be what is in the best interest of the United States [“Defining a new Iraq mission,” Opinion, Aug. 26]. Coming from someone who is a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the best interests of the U.S. should be…More
Both have a negative impact on the intelligent
After reading the article outlining the efforts of Alan Gottlieb and his Second Amendment Foundation, I was struck by similarities to another publicity seeking activist in our state: professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman [“Gun-rights sharpshooter,” page one, Nov. 18].
Both could be labeled mercenaries in their zeal to cash in on their skills at manipulating both the legal system and the slow or uneducated members of our society. Both have an outsized negative impact on intelligent and informed discourse on the subjects with which their organizations concern themselves.
Atheists are treated like second-class citizens The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Greece v. Galloway, which involved Christian prayers at City Council meetings [“Supreme Court hears case on public prayer,” News, Nov. 7]. Nondenominational prayers would be better than sectarian prayers, but it’s not acceptable to atheists, who don’t pray. If the court were consistent…More
Renters could lose their voice under council districts While I’m happy that district elections will lower the cost of running for city council, I worry about how it will affect land-use and development decisions [“Elections by district mean big change for city leaders,” NWThursday, Nov. 7]. Seattle needs to build quite a lot of new housing…More
An educated voting public will keep qualified candidates in office The only thing keeping qualified candidates with little money from being elected is the laziness of the voting public [“Elections determined by big money, Opinion, Nov. 5]. Term limits would not solve this problem; only an educated voting public would solve it. Term limits would result in…More
State government election races are mediocre at best There seems to be a crisis of democracy in King County [“Funding state elections from near, afar,” page one, Nov. 3]. By my unofficial count, half of the 108 elected offices in the county involve “races” in which a candidate is running unopposed. And — although this…More
Kshama Sawant represents Seattle’s progressive values Kshama Sawant moved to the U.S. from India for a high-paying career in computer science. She was surprised that so many citizens of such a wealthy country suffered in poverty (1 in 5 U.S. children), so she earned a Ph.D. in economics to help repair this persistent systemic inadequacy [“Funny…More
West coast at the forefront of strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy Great move by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, California Gov. Jerry Brown, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark in signing a joint climate change accord that will cover the length of the North American west coast. Let’s hope the…More
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…More