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February 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM

Northwest Voices has moved

The Seattle Times launched a newly redesigned website on Feb. 19, and with the redesign the Northwest Voices section of the site has moved to a new location. All future letters to the editor and reader discussion will take place at

Bookmark the new link and join the discussion. If you have any feedback or questions about the new site or about the Northwest Voices section, email me at



January 21, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Property crime: These crimes are not insignificant

I was appalled by King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (now-halted) plan to “book and release” felony suspects in drug and property crimes [“Facing complaints, county exec halts jail book-and-release plan,” Local News, Jan. 14]. I realize that there is an issue with the county’s budget shortfall. However, the message that was being sent…


Comments | Topics: crime, Cynthia Samuel-Zulch, Dow Constantine

January 6, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Marijuana: A new drug war is starting between the legal and medical markets

I chuckle at City Attorney Pete Holmes’ “path forward”: the city’s and state’s plan to create their own marijuana cartel to be enforced by the police, the courts and the prisons [“City Attorney Pete Holmes: ‘Clearly commercial’ medical pot shops not legal,” The Evergreen, Jan. 5]. He’s upset that medical “dispensaries” are engaging in…


Comments | Topics: Charles Pluckhahn, City Attorney Pete Holmes, legal marijuana

December 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

The best headlines for 2014 from our readers

Happy New Year’s! Instead of resolutions, we asked readers for some 2014 wishes in the form of headlines they would like to see.

Below are headlines from readers who answered our call — nearly 300 headlines were sent in. Congratulations to Pete Sullivan from Seattle who offered what the editorial staff deemed the best reader headline. He will receive a Seattle Times coffee mug to sip from in 2014. Check out his and other readers’ submissions below.

Our editorial staff also came up with headlines. Perhaps these headlines might provide some inspiration for elected officials and policy leaders for their own New Year’s resolutions.

The winners of the contest are: first place, Jill Wright of Edmonds; Lana Ohara of Bremerton; third place, Glenn Phillips of Seattle. They will receive, respectively, a Seattle Times sweatshirt, water bottle and calendar.

As you ring in the new year, enjoy the wishful thinking:

Seattle police recognized for community outreach program

— Laura Lund, Kirkland

Gary Locke early favorite for Clinton VP choice

— Jennifer Sepez, Seattle


Comments | Topics: 2015, contests, headlines

December 5, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Duwamish cleanup: A clean river makes sense for Seattle’s future

The Duwamish River is still alive, despite pollution and habitat loss from a century of development [“Why the EPA’s plan is the best way forward for the Duwamish River,” Opinion, Dec. 3]. Our region should support the new cleanup plan so that we can make the Duwamish a special place again. A clean river…


Comments | Topics: Duwamish River, environmental protection agency, Mark Powell

November 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Class size: My personal experience of the benefit of smaller classes

I am a student at a small college in the greater Seattle area. My whole life I attended large public schools, sitting through huge classes where teachers barely recognized my face outside of the classroom. But when it was my time to choose a college, I chose to attend a small university where teachers would…


Comments | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

September 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

No Child Left Behind is punitive

Our public schools educate an incredibly diverse population of students, and provide services far beyond education, despite a continuous decrease in funding [“Failing-school letters to go out, but not without districts’ retort,” Local News, Aug. 13]. The punitive nature of No Child Left Behind has given education neo-reformers the opportunity to get richer with…


Comments | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

September 8, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Early education: City measure would produce better outcomes

As a mom with a preschooler, I am happy to see Seattle’s preschool measure on the ballot for November [“Seattle mayor seeks a new city Education Department,” Local News, Sept. 2]. The measure crafted by the mayor and City Council is the only one with actual funding to make preschool affordable to families throughout…


Comments | Topics: Early Childhood Education, education

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