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Category: government
September 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

College cuts: State politics are dysfunctional

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…


Comments | More in government | Topics: Danny Westneat, State government, Thomas Westman

November 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Gottlieb and Eyman are manipulators of the legal system

Alan Gottlieb, seen in his Bellevue, Wash. office, Oct. 16 is the founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation.  (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)

Alan Gottlieb, seen in his Bellevue, Wash. office, Oct. 16 is the founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)

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.


Comments | More in government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Tim Eyman

November 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Remove all government prayer

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…


Comments | More in government, Religion | Topics: government, religion

November 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

District elections could affect land use and development decisions

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…


Comments | More in government | Topics: Council districts, government

November 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Term limits won’t solve our problems

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…


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November 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

The word ‘socialist’ shouldn’t scare us

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…


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October 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Step forward for climate-change plan

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…


Comments | More in Climate change, government | Topics: climate change, government

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…


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

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