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Category: State initiatives
March 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM

GMO foods: a test of belief

Health risks have been supported with evidence Was Bruce Ramsey at the same legislative hearing on Initiative 522 that I was at [“I-522: a test of what you believe about genetically modified foods,” Opinion, March 13]? Ramsey says that “most of the dispute was not whether there are health risks — supporters mostly said they…

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Comments | More in Food/nutrition, State initiatives | Topics: genetically modified foods, GMOs, I-522

March 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

GMO debate is about belief

People have the right to know It’s hard to believe that Bruce Ramsey is so uninformed about genetically modified foods, he’s not convinced they should be labeled [“I-522: a test of what you believe about genetically modified foods,” Opinion, March 13]. Genetic engineering of seeds for uniform growth and ripening results in a lack of genetic…

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March 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Lawmakers should consider voters on taxes

The people should not always have the final word The Times keeps continuing its attack on the Supreme Court ruling on taxes so I am responding to the March 10 editorial telling legislators they should respect the people’s votes on the two-thirds tax-restriction initiative [“Lawmakers should heed voters on decisions about taxes,” Opinion, March 10]. This…

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Comments | More in Seattle, State initiatives, Tim Eyman, Washington Legislature | Topics: Initiative 1185, supermajority

March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Lawmakers should listen to voters on taxes

Vote is justified by Seattle’s population Regarding the editorial of Sunday March 10 [“Lawmakers should heed voters on decisions about taxes,” Opinion], I seem to be confused about how state representation works. Could you help clear this up for me? My understanding is that legislative districts are roughly figured on the basis of population and Seattle…

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Comments | More in Seattle, State initiatives, Taxes, Tim Eyman, Washington Legislature | Topics: Initiative 1185, supermajority

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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September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Personal stories: why Ref. 71 should be passed

A loving home, a life among discrimination I will be voting to approve Referendum 71 to provide legal protections for couples and families like mine. My same-sex wife — we were married in Canada — and I are raising two children. Our son is a special-needs child, and our daughter is an honor student who will be…

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September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71 up to voters: Will rights be granted?

Washington is a place of equality Editor, The Times: I was elated to read your editorial [“Basic fairness, equality for Washington families,” Opinion, Sept. 2] encouraging voters to approve Referendum 71, upholding the domestic-partnership law, when it comes to the ballot this fall. The Washington I know is a place where people of all different races, backgrounds, creeds…

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August 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Referendum 71 petition: harassment or disclosure?

There’s a reason they want to hide What comes around goes around. Isn’t it ironic, as reported by Lornet Turnbull [“Should donor names be secret,” page one, Aug. 12] that the proponents of Referendum 71, who are attempting to harass and threaten the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community by denying us our constitutional rights, are now…

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August 12, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Initiative 1033: Tim Eyman’s new tax-limitation proposal

Seductive measure would limit our prosperity You should be concerned about Initiative 1033 in the upcoming fall election. Before being seduced by the promise of lowered property taxes, please think about the devastating consequences of this initiative, which would limit future government spending to the current year’s budget: 1) Washington’s unemployment rate is nearing 8 percent and…

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August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Referendum 71: Should opponents be surprised at its number of signatures?

Lessons to learn from California’s Prop. 8 It appears California’s Proposition 8 of last year has spawned a Northwest imitator in our own Referendum 71, which now seems likely to appear on the November ballot here in Washington. Proponents of gay rights should frame their response to this measure after considering the precedent of California, where a…

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