September 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM
This may be silly, but who told The Seattle Times they should call the University of Washington’s Huskies “dawgs”? [“Dawggone it: Stadium blocked till Saturday,” page one, Aug. 27.]
This is neither a colloquial Northwest language usage, nor is it cute.
I object to it on both grounds.
Joanne Daniels, Seattle
March 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM
Groups should be more creative
So John Clark, chairman of biological structure department at the University of Washington School of Medicine, fears sequestration may force him to lay off just one researcher from his lab [“ ‘Hutch,’ UW descend on D.C. to lobby on sequestration cuts,” NWMonday, March 25]?
I have two suggestions: Humbly submit a request to the UW endowment of $2.1 billion, or just do it the way the Dawgs are building the new stadium — from private donation.
Be creative Dr. Clark. Think outside the box, both biologically and fiscally.
–Mark Wilson, Seattle
March 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Where do state residents stand?
I read the item on Sunday regarding 20 percent freshman at the University of Washington are foreign students [“International students made up 20 percent of freshman class at UW,” Around the Sound, March 10].
Now I would like to see an article about how many Washington applicants were turned down by the University of Washington for acceptance to our college.
What part of University of Washington does not include Washington residents’ children?
–G. Sloan, Redmond
September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM
A sense of sacrifice from UW president
I for one am terribly impressed by University of Washington President Mark Emmert’s shared sense of sacrifice ["Emmert gets new perks, no pay raise," page one, Sept. 4] as the UW has made deep cuts in its budget, including eliminating its swim team as well as increasing tuition by 14 percent.
If leaders lead by example, may we all be so lucky!
– Patrick Burns, Seattle
Can I be Emmert’s driver?
I think you printed the story about the University of Washington’s benefits for its president, Mark Emmert, just to raise the blood pressure of folks like me.
I will be so sorry if Emmert is unable to live on his $906,500 per year, plus change he receives in cash and stock for sitting on various boards. As far as I’m concerned, all of this is a disgrace. How much do people really need?
Of course, this salary is nothing at all compared to the corporate titans’ compensation. My point is, however, how much is enough? Where does it stop?
Since I have been out of a job since October, perhaps I could sign on as Emmert’s driver. I wonder how much it would pay …
– Kathleen Collins, Bellevue
August 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Boeing built by region, owes much in return
Editor, The Times:
Those Boeing officials who are considering manufacturing the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina should study the company’s history.
It was the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest out of which Boeing was created and built. Early on, it was the spruce forests of Oregon and Washington. Then it was the region’s abundant and low-cost water power that generated the large amount of electricity needed to make aluminum when that became the basic material in airplane manufacture.
Throughout, it was the local intellectual, educational and governmental infrastructure, largely paid for by Washington taxpayers, that trained and nurtured a work force capable of designing and manufacturing great airplanes. South Carolina cannot take credit for any of this. Boeing, having capitalized on these resources, owes something in return.
– Fred Granata, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Union members need to be team members
When will Everett’s Mayor Ray Stephanson and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union understand why Boeing is seeking permits for a 787 Dreamliner final-assembly plant in South Carolina? ["Boeing expansion: permits not required," Opinion, editorial, Aug. 28.]
Boeing doesn’t want to deal with striking union members. IAM members are being lead down a dark path with no future. IAM’s leaders are relics from the past, and their strong-arm tactics are tiresome.
Consider these things: Boeing’s nonunion employees look for ways to improve processes to stay competitive, you’re encouraged to do the bare minimum; a company needs team members working toward a common goal, you’re labeled as adversarial antagonists by the public; Boeing is in business to make money for everyone’s benefit, not be held for ransom losing billions of dollars in revenue and forcing customers to look elsewhere while you’re on strike; the list goes on.
Boeing doesn’t want volatile workers on their payroll and neither would you. Boeing doesn’t have to negotiate with the IAM anymore, they’ll just move away. IAM members have a chance to think for themselves and do what’s right for Boeing, its entire work force, its customers and suppliers.
Be team members and change for the better.
– Conrad Rupp, Renton
Boeing going elsewhere doesn’t produce results
I think the point has been proven that Boeing aircraft manufacturing must not move from the Seattle area. See what is happening when other parts of the nation and world try to build parts for the new Dreamliner 787? Wrinkles in the fuselage? Come on.
It looks like the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union strike didn’t have much to do with the delay of first delivery, although I hope the union and Boeing can work out a deal to avoid such hassles in the future.
Keeping it all here will build the best airplanes available.
– Douglas Mays, Seattle
July 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM
State employees get cuts while foreigners get free tuition
Why does the state feel it is so beneficial to give tuition breaks to foreign professionals, their spouses and children? I am an employee at the University of Washington, and my wife and I receive a tuition exemption.
My children — who are now at and close to college age — don’t receive any tuition break. They’re the future of this country and deserve that break. As an employee, it is beyond my financial means to send my children to the UW, though I would like to. There is no exemption even at the community-college level.
I was born in this country. I live and work here. I pay my taxes. Foreigners go to work at Microsoft and Amazon (who seem to have a state representative or two in their back pocket) and receive preferential treatment.
What do state employees get? A 5 percent to 10 percent wage cut, a governor who denies us a fair contract, not even community-college tuition for our children and treatment as second-class citizens at a so-called “world-class” institution.
It seems to me that foreign professionals are being treated better than American blue-collar workers.
– Phillip R. Salvador, Shoreline
Isn’t giving jobs to best candidate at capitalism’s core?
Kathleen E. Bukoskey sees no benefit ["Let's not give our jobs away," Opinion, Northwest Voices, July 2] from 12 visa programs that bring foreigners, including teachers, to the U.S. to study and work.
Consider this: A typical high-school student in Europe is multilingual and already knows calculus. Exchange teachers from the U.S. find themselves deficient to teach at the same level in Europe, where students’ math skills exceed theirs. At a respected American university, a foreign instructor may get better results from students than a local professor who wrote the textbook, and Asian students are the only ones to be found in its libraries and laboratories on weekends. American high-tech companies, starving for talent, establish research centers in Canada, Japan and China to foster competition and creativity.
It’s funny how some people who advocate capitalism run to the government for help when competition, capitalism’s core, bites them in a tender spot. Even funnier is that they blame immigration for our loss of jobs, while at the same time, other countries worry about emigration of talent, or “brain drain.”
Most of our problem is homegrown. Greedy corporate executives knowingly employ illegal, low-skilled workers to avoid paying decent wages, and xenophobic government policies send foreign university graduates back to their country of origin, leaving disproportionate numbers of low-skilled natives who are too proud or lazy to apply for menial jobs and highly educated con-artists who become greedy corporate executives.
– James Bruner, Oak Harbor
June 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Robert Gates a poor choice for commencement speaker
As a parent of a graduating senior, I found the University of Washington’s choice of Defense Secretary Robert Gates as commencement speaker ["Secretary Gates urges life of public service," NWSunday, June 14] one that failed students and their families.
These students deserve congratulations, encouragement and articulation of the hope for a better world, yet they received a speaker involved in one of our country’s most tragic self-created debacles, one that has incurred a crushing human toll.
This objection is not castigating an official for guilt by association, or a case of “character assassination” as Gates might imply. As defense secretary, Gates shares responsibility for U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan since taking the position in 2006. Despite the current administration’s stated intentions to end the war in Iraq, the U.S. maintains a strong troop presence and permanent military bases that undermine Iraq’s stability.
The call to public service is laudable. Equally important would be recognition of the economic and human devastation created by our Middle East ventures. With the economy tanked and UW tuition skyrocketing, our multibillion-dollar war investments come at the expense of the graduates who sat before the defense secretary, their families and prospects for a future that might include peace.
– Nancy Dickeman, Seattle
June 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM
Superb coach and man
In 1960-61, I was chairman of the University of Washington Finance & Budget Committee, which (among other things) supervised intercollegiate athletics. In spring 1961, we voted unanimously to raise Jim Owens’ salary to $25,000 a year, reflecting his outstanding achievements.
I met with President Charles Odegaard (who had veto power over this); he approved the new salary, but added “that’s pretty high, so tell Jim not to expect too much in the way of raises in the next few years.” How things have changed!
Jim not only was a superb coach, but also an outstanding gentleman.
– Dr. Vincent Jolivet, Bothell
June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Demolition more beneficial than renovation
Why not move all of the Husky football games to Qwest Field? ["Try, try again to fix Husky Stadium," Sports, June 2]
This makes economic sense. Husky Stadium can be torn down, saving on the planned renovation. The stadium area could be used for expansion of the medical school, like the Mission Bay campus that is being built at University of California, San Francisco, or become a home for global health and biomedical companies.
The UW medical schools took in more than $1 billion in donations in 2008. Cost estimates for the renovation of Husky Stadium range from $150 to $450 million, or $600 million for a new stadium. There are seven home games planned for this season — at the $150 million estimate, that’s $21 million per game year one! What a waste.
A number of major universities with outstanding athletic programs do not have a football stadium on campus. UCLA and USC both play their home football games in the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Coliseum. The University of Pittsburgh uses Heinz Field. Miami plays in the Orange Bowl. These are just a few examples UW should follow.
Doesn’t this make sense?
– Joseph A. Sasenick, Seattle
June 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Congrats to No. 1 Lawrie and team
UW softball pitcher Danielle Lawrie is the toughest competitor the Seattle sports scene has ever seen, bar none ["Champs!" page one, June 3]. No one holds a candle to her determination and ability to get the job done.
Congratulations to the entire Husky women’s softball team on its national championship. This was a huge victory for the current team and all those who came so close before them.
– Tom Spille, Kirkland
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