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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Politics
December 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

The real fear politicians face

In his recent opinion piece “The gift of fear that keeps giving,” [Opinion, Dec. 3] Thomas Friedman says that 9/11 has kept us and our government running scared ever since. One symptom of this he says is the “gotcha” politics (especially regarding the Middle East) that’s running rampant nowadays with our lawmakers, instead of…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: 911, Congress, Dan Kennedy

November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22]. Our…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Democrats, health care, immigration

November 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Midterm elections: Parties should govern, not obstruct

Reading E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column in The Times reinforced how casually we as voters take the partisan behavior of our two political parties [“Don’t govern on fantasies,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. Dionne quotes a National Review articles as follows: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, David Miller, Democrats

November 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

U.S. political system: Fix it by switching to a parliamentary system

Kate Riley in her column “How to fix the American political system from within” [Opinion, Nov. 8] proposed that the top-two primary would get the U.S. around the recent political gridlock. I disagree. Our political problems are much deeper and may require more radical change.  The real problem is having a bipartisan political system….

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: bipartisan, democracy, Democrats

August 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Women politicians and lack of gender parity

Gender parity remains elusive On the 94th anniversary this month of American women gaining full voting rights, how far have we come? At the ballot box, quite far. Female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1964. So it’s worth remembering the long battle leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first…

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Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: election, politics

July 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

President’s visit: An idea on how to ease traffic in the future

As I was waiting for traffic to clear during the president’s visit, I came upon the idea of using the Museum of Flight as a venue for solving the financial crisis of fundraisers for candidates in the Northwest [“Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers,” Local News, July 22]. Our museum is a flamboyant display…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: fundraisers, Mark Wilson, Museum of Flight

July 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Government dysfunction: The power of pledges

Our words and our promises matter. That’s why the Independent Women’s Voice created the Repeal Pledge, for repeal of the president’s health law. Recently, columnist Danny Westneat wrote that pledges make Washington, D.C., “dysfunctional” [“No new taxes’ means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15] But pledges like ours are not responsible…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Hadley Heath Manning, Independent Women’s Voice

July 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Blue America: Move tax money back to the states

Froma Harrop makes an excellent point [“The GOP can help Blue America,” Opinion, July 1]. If the more progressive leaning states are paying way more into taxes than the conservative states, let’s call them at their own game — no more subsidizing your states through taxes. We will take our taxes home and spend…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: conservatives, Froma Harrop, Mary Meister

September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

A commercial experiment Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.] This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or…

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Comments | More in Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: crops, food, genetically-engineered

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