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Seattle Times letters to the editor

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

September 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The fight over Obamacare continues

What is the alternative? For those who believe that defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) justifies the shutdown of the federal government and/or America’s default on its financial obligations by not raising the debt ceiling, please do one thing. [“Obamacare foe presses fight,” News, Sept. 25.] Explain to the rest of…

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0 Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, budget, health

September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Corporations say no to Initiative 522 in Washington

Contributors pursue economic self-interest The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO on I- 522, with Monsanto throwing in $4.8 million and DuPont Pioneer $3.4 million. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] These two companies are heavily invested in…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: dupont pioneer, food, genetically modified foods

September 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

How low can you go? I was struck by the presentation of the “no” position in the minimum-wage debate. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] It makes sense that entry-level positions are just that: for people entering the job market, learning to be reliable and able to follow directions. But this sensible…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Labor, Politics | Topics: entry-level positions, fast food, job market

September 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

The right to know The Seattle Times has recently published some articles about Initiative 522, the initiative on labeling food products that contain GMOs (genetically engineered organisms) on the upcoming ballot in Washington state. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] After reading all these articles, I have even more concerns about what…

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0 Comments | More in Environment, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: foods, genetically-engineered, gmo

September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

House conservatives vote to cut food stamps

Reverse the decision Please urge U.S. senators and representatives to reverse the House vote to reduce SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by $4 billion which will affect more than 47 million Americans. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.] Pacific Northwest residents include many who have connections with out-of-state officeholders. Please…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: Congress, conservatives, food stamps

September 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Real-estate taxes in Seattle

Questions for letter writer I have some questions for unhappy property owner Stuart Weibel. [“Northwest Voices: New city budget,” Opinion, Sept. 25.] Does he know the assessments come from the King County assessor’s office and not the mayor’s office and feature an appeal process? Did he read the latest Case-Shiller Index article? [“Home prices up again...

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0 Comments | More in Business, Politics, Seattle | Topics: assessment, case-shiller index, home prices

September 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Sea change: ocean acidification due to carbon dioxide

Champion a cleaner tomorrow The ocean is dying, but we’re making progress. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] The Solomon Sea has already reached levels of acidity that aren’t expected in the rest of the oceans for 80 years, thanks to the copious amounts of carbon pollution streaming from coal plants, among other places. Craig Welch’s piece…

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0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: carbon dioxide, environmental protection agency, ocean acidification

September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Starbucks amends gun policy

Take a stand Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.] You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores? Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he…

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0 Comments | More in Business, Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, guns, policy

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