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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Reform
March 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Washington should explore ideas other than new state prison

Olympia should prioritize prison reform Thank you for the excellent, full opinion-page coverage suggesting alternatives to building a new state prison [“Consider alternatives to a new state prison,” Opinion, March 24]. I look forward to continuing coverage exploring further alternatives to expensive and largely ineffective long-term incarceration. As suggested, there is mounting research-based evidence from the…

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Comments | More in crime/justice, Reform, Washington Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, Washington state prisons

March 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Seattle Mayor McGinn and City Attorney Holmes debate police reform

Unification is necessary My personal experience with Seattle police has been basically positive. Nevertheless, based on the local news and the Justice Department’s findings, many of us are convinced reforms are necessary to create better and more responsible police force. So let’s get on with it. Let’s end the City Hall political infighting and the foot-dragging by…

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Comments | More in Reform, Seattle, Seattle Police Department | Topics: Merrick Bobb, Miek McGinn, Peter Holmes

September 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Health-care debate rages

Protesters in D.C. should get what they deserve The thousands who descended on Washington this weekend to protest what they perceive as a misguided health-care reform certainly deserve to be heard. I only hope they find the same success in changing government policy that the millions of us around the world who protested against the misguided…

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Comments | More in Health care, Reform

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health care: a sour debate, diet as the answer and cutting costs

The problem with health care? Look in the mirror The Seattle Times editorial ["Needed health reform must contain costs," Opinion, Sept. 6] noting that health-care reform must contain costs identified part of the problems facing quality care as insurance companies, excessive specialist income, how medical services are delivered and paid, and high costs of new technology…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Congress, Food/nutrition, Health care, Politics, Reform, Republicans

September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama and Joe Wilson: Who’s the liar?

Joe Wilson: the next Hulk Hogan? Editor, The Times: What an absolute embarrassment Rep. Joe Wilson is to this country ["Republican apologizes for heckling president," CloseUp, Sept. 10] and the institution he takes an oath to serve and represent. Wednesday night on an international stage, he showed his true colors — that of a complete pompous buffoon. I…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Congress, Federal government, Health care, Politics, Reform, Republicans

August 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ted Kennedy: a legacy to remember or one with too much praise?

Name public option after Kennedy Editor, The Times: A better suggestion to naming a health-care-reform bill in honor of Sen. Ted Kennedy ["Honor Kennedy with meaningful reform," Opinion, editorial, Aug. 28] would be to name a true public option after him, for that is the most critical element of any reform that will extend coverage to those…

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Comments | More in Congress, Health care, Politics, Reform

August 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ted Kennedy: remembering a dedicated senator

Kennedy, a graceful and model public servant Much has been written over the past few days about the impact Sen. Ted Kennedy made as a legislator and the way he interacted with the people he represented. My anecdote, perhaps more removed than some, is extremely memorable and important to me. As a Massachusetts native who spent much…

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August 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ted Kennedy: a liberal lion who was a champion for the people

An unforgettable moment with Kennedy Editor, The Times: In 1995, the Aberdeen High School choir made a trip to Washington, D.C. As a young staffer for Sen. Patty Murray and a graduate of Aberdeen High School, the senator asked me to accompany her visit with the students. After posing for pictures, answering questions and listening to a…

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Comments | More in Congress, Families, Federal government, Health care, Politics, Reform

August 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guns at town halls: Are protesters acting within their rights?

Civilized debates come without guns David Sirota echoes ["First Amendment trumps Second Amendment," Opinion, syndicated columnist, Aug. 23] my personal alarm concerning the guns appearing at public meetings. His Thomas Jefferson quote about watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants — that makes my blood run cold. This madness has got to stop. There are…

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Comments | More in Firearms, Health care, Media, Politics, Public safety, Reform, Republicans

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