Instead of trying to rewrite a perceived long-ago historical global injustice, perhaps our City Council should focus on present and future Seattle problems for which we elected and pay them, such as inadequate infrastructure, crime, income disparity and rising rents [“Holiday to honor indigenous people? Seattle council to vote,” Local News, Oct. 5]. Changing Columbus Day…More
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Sawant looks to redistribute wealth
Looking at India shouldn’t just make us grateful for our current system, it should also be a warning of where our system could be headed should certain trends continue [“Kshama Sawant will have trouble changing ingrained inequities,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 20].
India is a prime example of what happens when corporations have all the power and workers have none. Safety regulations are inadequate, minimum wage is equivalent to 28 cents per hour and the poverty rate is twice as high as in the U.S.
Here, workers have lost a lot of power due to anti-union laws while corporations and the rich have benefited from deregulation and favorable government policies. The result? Many non-unionized workers still face criminally poor conditions. Adjusting for inflation, minimum wage is lower now than when first established in 1938. Income inequality is at record levels. And these trends are only getting worse.
Socialism is not the answer
The Times’ feature on India mentioned that beautiful country’s dichotomies, including grinding poverty, absence of electricity or running water and the lowly status of women [“India, one day at a time,” News Oct. 27]. Memorably, the paper’s two female reporters had to be extricated from a mob of “hundreds” of men.
Yet socialist City Council member-elect Kshama Sawant arrived in the United States, a free and successful country with a high standard of living, and rails against the economic system that made it that way. She is aggrieved [“Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council,” page one, Nov. 16].
Stands against the corporatization of Seattle
Editor, The Times:
The media is missing a major reason why Kshama Sawant defeated Councilmember Richard Conlin [“Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council,” page one, Nov. 16].
As the powerful head of City Council’s land-use committee, Conlin held an emphatically pro-developer stance that created enormous antipathy toward him throughout the city.
Helps incumbents, not new candidates I am writing to voice concerns over the upcoming vote on Seattle Proposition 1, which is being referred to as a campaign finance reform measure [“Is Prop. 1 answer to big money in City Council campaigns?” NWMonday, Oct. 14]. I think most people will agree there is too much money in politics….More
Seattle could learn from Shoreline I am on the side of Richard Dyksterhuis regarding sidewalks on pedestrian-unfriendly Aurora Avenue North from North 125th Street to North 145th Street [“Happy warrior battles to tame Aurora,” NWMonday, March 18], but I have just one additional comment: Just cross north across 145th into Shoreline and it’s like entering…More
New development will be exclusionary Are the window washers shown wiping down the UW’s new medical-research building walking to work [“City Council should move forward on South Lake Union rezone,” Opinion, March 20]? Perhaps if new development did not fight inclusionary zoning, the public benefits being touted would not be so hard to swallow. We elect…More
Alternative to concrete sidewalks I was very interested in Richard Dyksterhuis’ idea to put double-wide sidewalks along Aurora Avenue from North 125th to 145th Street [“Happy warrior battles to tame Aurora,” NWMonday, March 18]. It is a great idea and would provide much more safety for the people in the region. However, I would strongly suggest…More
Proposal unrealistic Now more than ever, Americans are aiming toward a healthier lifestyle and are even willing to put carrot sticks and tuna alongside chips in Seattle vending machines to contribute toward the effort [“Seattle seeks healthful vending-machine choices for city workers,” NWThursday, Feb. 14]. The thought is appreciated, but wildly unrealistic since the food that…More
Why I’m voting against the measure I am voting against the bag fee because I think it will lay more grief on our low-income neighbors. Quoting advocates of the bag fee, “That claim (that the fee will harm poor people) is utter rubbish. Much of the fee revenue will be used to provide free reusable bags…More