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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Politics
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…


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…


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

September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

This corn prop is one of many used in the campaign to help pass Initiative 522. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] 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. More

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

September 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Keep those goals in mind So enamored of the anti-monarchical sentiments in the Declaration of Independence that most Americans do not realize it is not part of the U.S. Constitution. This declaration was a call to arms against the British, a war which the colonists won a long time ago. Regrettably, we now disregard the preamble to the…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: constitution, declaration of independence, preamble

September 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The fight over Obamacare continues

What is the alternative? Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, emerges from the Senate Chamber after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 25, 2013. Cruz and other conservative Republicans are trying to delay a must-pass spending bill. [AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite] For those who believe that…


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 Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO…


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? People chant and march next to E John St. and Broadway during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Capitol Hill Aug. 29, 2013. The rally was part of a nationwide protest of low-wage laborers demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage.[Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.] I…


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 This corn prop is one of many used in the campaign to help pass Initiative 522. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] 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…


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

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