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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Republicans
November 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Republicans are seeking fair solutions for all immigrants

Protest stunt at Bellevue only heightened tension

Guest columnists Pramila Jayapal and LeeAnn Hall grossly misrepresented the “GOP’s response to the Bellevue protest” [“Why immigration is a major issue for women,” Opinion, Nov. 16].

In fact, my response was swift and oft-quoted by news sources throughout the state: “We are happy to have dialogue with anyone on the important issue of immigration reform … anyone who wants to talk with me can call to schedule an appointment.”

Instead, the writers claimed the “GOP response” was a tweet from the former state party chair, Kirby Wilbur, who no longer lives in Washington state. Simply put, Wilbur’s tweet was a disgrace. While insulting his political enemies, he also insulted Republicans over an issue where there is common ground on both sides of the aisle.

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Comments | More in Bellevue, Immigration, Republicans | Topics: bellevue, immigration, Republicans

September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Pope Francis encourages Catholic Church to be more inclusive

GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Politics, Religion, Republicans | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Catholic, GOP

April 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Rob McKenna’s advice for Washington state Republicans

Tactics aren’t the main problem When I saw that Rob McKenna used terms like “reset button” and “sober reflection” to introduce his recent Times guest column on the state GOP, I thought perhaps he and his fellow Republicans may be having a true awakening regarding the unfortunate path the GOP has taken in recent years, especially…

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Comments | Topics: GOP, McKenna

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 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71: Should signatures be public?

A signature, like a vote, is private I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 [“R-71 signatures kept private,” page one, Sept. 11]. Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote….

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Comments | More in courts, Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics, Republicans, State initiatives

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

September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Krauthammer: Has the president fallen to Earth?

Gloating at president’s struggles, offering no solutions Editor, The Times: Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column [“The president who fell to Earth,” Opinion, Sept. 5] shows the attitude of the far right. The emptiness they feel at not having a Republican president or a majority in Congress must be intolerable. Krauthammer and company attack President Obama and Democrats for what…

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

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Beck in Mt. Vernon: Should he get the city’s keys?

Beck’s claim of racism not so far-fetched Editor, The Times: According to The Times [“Mt. Vernon not united on mayor’s ‘Beck Day,’ ” News, Sept. 3], there are some who disagree with the mayor of Mount Vernon declaring a Glenn Beck Day and awarding Beck with the keys to the city. Their objection to the recognition and award…

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Comments | More in Media, Politics, Race, Republicans

September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Glenn Beck Day: Is Mount Vernon recognition support for anchor’s views?

Would mayor invite Hitler, too? Ordinarily when someone does something especially stupid it is best just to ignore them, but The Times’ story [“Mt. Vernon not united on mayor’s ‘Beck Day,’ ” News, Sept. 3] about the mayor of Mount Vernon giving a key to the city to Glenn “I don’t have a clue” Beck is…

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September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Dick Cheney: Should Obama drop torture investigations?

Words of hypocrisy from Bush’s politicizer-in-chief Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again on the talk circuit –in conservative venues that will have him. This time his message is about how President Obama is “politicizing” things. Most recently, he’s accusing [“Reviewing interrogations ‘outrageous,’ Cheney says,” News, Aug. 31] Obama of politicizing the torture investigation. Hypocrisy is to…

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Comments | More in Bush administration, CIA, George W. Bush, Guantanamo Bay detention center, Media, Politics, Republicans, torture

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