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Category: Recession
October 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Reform the government to live within its means

Accept responsibility and think about our children’s future Can’t we just support ourselves? What is this raging desire to pass debt on to our kids and grandkids? [“Obamacare: ‘Great start’ here, while Oregon lags,” page one, Oct. 18]. That recession was a glimpse of the future, and it was good for us! It made us all more…


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September 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teachers’ strike: Would raising pay really reduce class sizes?

Put teachers back in the classroom What frustrates the general public about teacher strikes is that the solution to teachers’ concerns is always the same: more money toward salaries or to hire more employees. The mantra is always the same, too: Strikes are “for the kids” while, not surprisingly, the solutions always seem to benefit the…


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August 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Education: merit pay, teachers’ strikes, raises and alternative schools

Individual attention important to future success Editor, The Times: I am a 2003 graduate of the Washington state public school system now working in Portland. I’ve remained friends with several fantastic, supportive and inspiring teachers from my past, including several that are now working in the Kent School District. As my K-12 school memories fade further into nostalgia…


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August 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health-care reform: Is all that is needed just some personal responsibility?

Some required reading for health-care debaters Kudos to The Seattle Times for printing an excellent guest column by Robert J. Herbold and Scott S. Powell [“Government-dominated reform will not improve health care,” Opinion, Aug. 23]. These two guys really nailed it. It should be required reading by anyone interested in the current debate on whether or…


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August 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers: Is it really helping the environment?

In clunkers program, forgetting the three Rs It seems people remember only two of the three R’s: Reduce (what’s that?), Reuse (huh?), Recycle (aah, there we go). Many people seemed to have adopted a mindset like this: “I never reduce anything I consume, or reuse old but still workable things, but I throw that empty gallon in…


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August 16, 2009 at 6:14 AM

The economy: a Seattleite’s report to the nation

Hey, we’re hanging in there To all my friends around the country, regarding your question: “How’s the recovery going in Seattle these days?” Oh, it’s going just great! Ph.D.s are looking for work outside the Home Depot, PCC is doing workshops on “Cooking with Grass and Other Backyard Delicacies,” the population of cats is diminishing rapidly, and…


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July 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County: More taxes not answer to shortfall

Forget more taxes, let’s scrap the foot-ferries idea King County Executive Kurt Triplett says we have to raise taxes to avoid closing 39 parks, public-health clinics and regional police services [“County exec: Tax needed to avoid closures,” NWSaturday, July 18]. I’ve got a better idea: How about funding those necessary services by shifting funds from the new…


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July 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Investing: Poor choices led ‘haves’ to being ‘hads’

Diversifying, staying away from oil are best practices I would say that your page one of Pacific Northwest poster boy, Larry Strunk [“Legions of ‘haves’ are now the ‘hads,’” Pacific Northwest magazine, June 28], was more a victim of unwise investment practices than a victim of the recession. First he was “day-trading oil stocks” in his 401(k)…


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April 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Public service and taxes

Can’t have one without the other Recently I read an editorial praising young people who are increasingly choosing public employment as a career path [“More students drawn to public-service careers,” Opinion, April 17]. Within days we saw an editorial demanding no further tax increases [“No more taxes,” Opinion, April 19]. The letter regarding public service made no…


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April 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tacoma Dome rented to fill one job

A waste of taxpayer money If there is a single barometer of what’s wrong in America, it has to be that the government needs to rent the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall to fill one job and that a journalist can see nothing wrong with that [“1,400 apply: ‘I was the lucky one,’” NW Tuesday, April 21]….


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