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Category: Local ballot measures
May 15, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Legislature to conduct special session

No more pet bills Once again, state legislators can’t get their work done on schedule and they’re moving to another expensive special session [“Inslee narrows top priorities for special session,” seattletimes.com, May 13]. This recurring problem happens because legislators have their priorities backward. They spend most of the session working on lower-priority pet bills and leave…

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September 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Elections: Do mayoral candidates have what it takes?

Dig deeper in coverage of mayor’s race Editor, The Times: The all-too-predictable coverage of our candidates for mayor and primary opponents, Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan, by The Seattle Times and other media outlets is very disappointing. The majority of the coverage ignores the specific ideas from each candidate and paints them as an environmentalist lawyer determined to…

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August 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Why not ban bags now?

Ban bags, don’t just tax them Many people, my wife and I included, would strongly support banning plastic bags but voted against the ill-conceived measure we were offered in Referendum 1. A ban would require shoppers to bring or buy reusable bags or otherwise carry purchases in their arms. Longer checkout times and ugly checkout disputes in our…

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August 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

School Board primary: Has Mary Bass lost the public’s trust?

Bass an advocate for students, true public education The Seattle Times’ editorial, “Voters vet leaders for Seattle schools,” [Opinion, Aug. 20] was yet another shot in the crusade of your editorial writers to privatize public education. Mary Bass is doing what she was asked to do, such as advocate for students and families many people in our…

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Comments | More in Education, Election, Local ballot measures, Seattle, Seattle School Board

August 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nickels a lame duck: Did Seattle vote out a great mayor?

Nickels cut funding that was empowering Seattleites Editor, The Times: I was disappointed to read Danny Westneat [“Seattle likes debate, not action,” NWSunday, column, Aug. 23] parroting the tired refrain of the Greg Nickels administration: You need to choose between engaging citizens and getting something done. History shows this is a false choice. Norm Rice involved 3,000 citizens…

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August 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Primary elections: Should Seattle be ashamed?

Low voter turnout the true disappointment of primaries According to the most-recent election data, only 24 percent of registered Seattle voters bothered to vote in the primary election. How pathetic is that? All of the constant whining one hears on the streets and on talk radio, in editorials in our local papers and blabbed in blogs represents…

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August 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Why did it fail?

Vote against Ref. 1 a vote against liberal agenda Editor, The Times: It’s the same strategy. Just like the right-wing attack on President Obama isn’t really about health care, the vote against a tax on plastic bags was really a vote against the liberal agenda, specifically environmentalism in Seattle. It’s what the Republicans will call a backlash against…

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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 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax rejected: Was Seattle’s “no” vote sensible or bought?

Bag vote hijacked by well-funded opponents Thank you Seattle for once again proving that big money buys politics. With fliers, ads and phone calls flooding the residents of this “enlightened” city, how can anyone possibly say defeating the bag tax was the public’s will? If the proponents and opposition had been evenly funded, one could claim it…

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August 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: If passed, will it work?

Before a bag fee, provide incentives to recycle instead Editor, The Times: I find it interesting that Seattle wants to impose plastic-bag fees, yet there has been absolutely no push for deposits for plastic or glass bottles or for soda and beer cans. Over the past three years, I have recycled more than 82,000 aluminum cans, of which…

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