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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: King County Council
July 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County: More taxes not answer to shortfall

Forget more taxes, let’s scrap the foot-ferries idea King County Executive Kurt Triplett says we have to raise taxes to avoid closing 39 parks, public-health clinics and regional police services [“County exec: Tax needed to avoid closures,” NWSaturday, July 18]. I’ve got a better idea: How about funding those necessary services by shifting funds from the new…

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June 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM

King County executive’s race: Phillips is the real green candidate

Phillips’ plan will create jobs, help environment I believe Larry Phillips is the best candidate [“Larry Phillips, Dow Constantine woo enviro vote,” seattletimes.com, Politics Northwest, June 25] because he is promoting a holistically green movement that will better the environment and the economy. Phillips’ greenprint includes Sound Transit 2 projects, which will implement close to 69,000…

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June 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County spending

Budget bloated? Not with mandatory days off I was taken aback to read Susan Hutchison’s claim of a bloated county budget [“Bloated county government needs cuts, Hutchison says,” NWFriday, June 12]. On Friday, June 19 all nonessential county employees will be taking one of their 10 days off without pay this year — a response to…

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April 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Ex-TV anchor runs for King County executive

Republican didn’t sneak onto ballot Regarding The Times’ April 9 article [“Ex-TV anchor seeks Sims’ job,” NW Thursday], I laughed out loud at the statement made by state Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz: “This is why the Republicans ran the initiative to make it a nonpartisan office — to sneak a right-winger like Susan Hutchison past…

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February 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County

Call it what you will, politics will play a role You can take the party out of the title, but not the politics out of the position. We recently spent a lot of the taxpayers’ money to administer an election to decide whether to make Metropolitan King County Council positions nonpartisan, in order to remove politics from the…

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January 25, 2009 at 6:00 AM

New King County jail

Avoid residential sites I am writing to you as one of many gravely concerned Shoreline residents about the Shoreline Aldercrest Annex as a proposed site for the new King County Jail. This is by far the most “residential” site selected, surrounded by quiet neighborhoods, schools, churches and parks. This site is also the territorial view from the…

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January 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Cars in the basement, citizens on top Washington State Department of Transportation The south terminus of the proposed tunnel would be near the SODO stadiums. Editor, The Times: Just looking alongside the elevated [Alaskan Way Viaduct], all one sees are dirty tired buildings, covered in decades of soot and neglect. This is what a new elevated roadway promises, too. A…

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December 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Cutting budgets

Read between the audit lines I read in Sunday’s Seattle Times, regarding the state budget cuts recommended by Gov. Christine Gregoire, that the performance audits prescribed by Initiative 900 be sliced out [“Gregoire looking at massive state budget cuts,” News, Nov. 30]. I realize the audits are budgeted at $27 million but they have shed light on…

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November 24, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Balancing budgets

King County’s getting there Keith Ervin’s story in the Nov. 22 Seattle Times about the King County budget process is a great example of how government should work. My hat goes off to King County Council budget chair Larry Phillips and the budget committee for taking King County Executive Ron Sims’ “slash and burn” budget…

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November 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Police oversight

Don’t trump our rights Metropolitan King County Council members Julia Patterson and Bob Ferguson have taken a principled and distinguished stand in opposing the labor agreement with the King County sheriff’s deputies [“Deputies could face civilian oversight,” News, Nov. 12]. Contracts with public-employee unions should not undermine an American citizen’s 4th Amendment right to due process. These…

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