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Category: King County
October 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

King County snowplows will be hard to find

City prioritizes stadiums over roads I’m not surprised to read King County snowplows will be hard to find this winter [“King county snowplows to be scarce this winter,” page one, Oct. 14]. I mean really, is it all that necessary that roads be maintained in the county? Obviously not as the last 20 years have shown. When…

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October 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Seattle in need of street parking

Mayor McGinn should add not decrease parking Mayor Mike McGinn’s support of reducing street parking and reducing the requirement for new parking developments is making Seattle less livable. For a while I lived in a condo in Belltown and my range hood stopped working. No repair company recommended by the manufacturer would come to Belltown because of…

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March 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

King County makes deal to buy development rights for 43,000 acres on White River

Move will benefit environment, but recreation comes at a price I am elated to read that King County is purchasing development rights to so much land in the White River area [“Scramble against sprawl saves 43,000 acres on White River,” page one, March 22]. This will undoubtedly be beneficial to the environment and the deer,…

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March 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

King County officials look to raise taxes without voter approval

Regressive taxes are not the solution On Feb. 28, The Seattle Times reported on legislation proposed by King County officials allowing the county to raise the local sales tax without voter approval [“County seeks right to raise tax without vote,” NWThursday]. Extra revenue generated from a potential sales-tax increase would support public safety and human…

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September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County labor: Are furloughs needed?

Furloughs undercut vital, dedicated county workers Thank you to Tracey Thompson, principal officer at Teamsters Local 117, for speaking up on the King County furlough issue [“Stop scapegoating King County workers over budget woes,” Opinion, guest column, Aug. 26]. It is too bad that Teamsters 174 has not acknowledged what King County is doing to its workers. After…

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August 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Park closures: Why are green spaces getting the ax?

In shut parks, a lost connection to earth Editor, The Times: A great sadness filled me as I read of the possibility that 39 King County parks may be shut down due to recent economic woes [“39 King County parks may be shut down,” page one, Aug. 18]. Alas, what a devastating picture of national economic and global…

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August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Primary election results: Were candidates even qualified?

Executive race was simply a popularity contest Editor, The Times: It’s official: Most voters in King County are morons. We know this because Susan Hutchison came in first in the primary for King County executive [“Former TV anchor to face off against council veteran,” page one, Aug. 19]. Here’s what most of her voters said to themselves: “Oh, I…

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August 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Elections: Automated calls just don’t work

Automated campaign calls just too ‘phony’ Automated phone calls to promote political candidates are doing just the opposite as far as this voter is concerned. It shows the candidate cares only about numbers, not individuals; has little if any initiative or imagination; has poor economic training; and possesses no sense in making more than one “robot…

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August 12, 2009 at 3:16 PM

King County executive race: in search of leaders

Ross Hunter fair game for criticism I have been working at Wal-Mart for nine years and they still don’t pay me enough to afford their health insurance. So I am glad that President Obama is showing strong leadership and pushing Democrats and Republicans to get on board with fixing our nation’s broken health-care system. I…

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