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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Politics
January 14, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Bipartisanship: It does not show weakness, it shows strength

How funny that The Seattle Times would have the nice writeup on the Opinion page about former Gov. and U.S. Sen Dan Evans [“Dan Evans and the efficacy of bipartisanship,” Opinion, Jan. 13] on the same day that there is an article about the response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Anne Corley, bipartisanship, Gov. Dan Evans

January 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Readers’ priorities: What should the Legislature focus on?

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Editor’s note: Last Sunday, The Times Opinion page asked readers what the Legislature’s priority should be this session. Here are selected responses:

The environment

In laying out its priorities for the Legislature in 2015, The Seattle Times editorial board hit on an agenda that is absolutely important. But it overlooked a crucial item: preserving natural infrastructure.

We need clean water to drink, a resilient Puget Sound, vibrant forests and clean air to breathe. These are foundational to all other issues. A healthy environment underpins human mental and physical health and our region’s livelihoods.

Caring for Washington’s environment is caring for the bedrock of our state. Living in the midst of natural beauty, we sometimes take for granted the incredible natural resources that are the foundation for our state’s economy and quality of life.

Mary Ruckelshaus, Seattle

Fund public education

As the state constitution declares, the state’s first priority is to amply fund public education. The constitution is very

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, environment, Legislature

January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

A new Congress: Stalling is not a surprise

I smiled when I saw the headline “Rancor and stalling on Congress’ first day” [Nation & World, Jan. 6]. How epically non-surprising! This is the kind of Congress we get when the “majority of a minority” of eligible voters cast their ballots. The spinelessness of the Democrats is largely responsible: It dove-tailed perfectly with the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Michael Spence

January 3, 2015 at 10:34 PM

What’s your priority for the state Legislature this session?

The Washington Legislature convenes Jan. 12 for its 2015 legislative session. The Seattle Times editorial board published its priorities to focus lawmakers on the big tasks ahead. The No. 1 priority is education, followed by transportation, medical marijuana excesses and a failing state mental-heatlh system. What are your priorities for the Legislature? Why? Fill…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, Legislature, medical marijuana

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

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