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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Politics
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

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

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