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October 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Monroe water main break should serve as a wake-up call

We must prepare now to avoid cost later The recent water main break in Monroe should serve as a wake-up call. [“Broken water main fixed, Monroe schools to reopen,” online, Oct. 1]. If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities in the future, they must insist now on more competition in the…

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March 27, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Ride the Ducks request launch ramp near floating-home colony

Ducks should not infringe on tranquil neighborhood It seems Seattle has kind of a reticent relationship with ducks [“Ducks stir Eastlake squawk,” page one, March 23]. But again, it’s not the quacking type. Now it’s World War II land/water gas-guzzling Ducks with loud tourists. Well, that’s fine but it is activity not suited to our neighborhoods,…

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March 26, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Owner of derelict ship first in Washington to get federal prison term

Previous owner of vessel should bear some responsibility It’s interesting to note that no mention is made of the previous owners of this vessel, in this case one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. [“Owner of derelict ship gets 4 months in prison,” page one, March 19]. I realize that large companies often register…

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Comments | More in Environment, Federal government, water

August 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Threatened animals: saving the pika and sharks

In energy bill, include funding to save pika, other species at risk The pika is but one of many animals that may become endangered due to changes brought about by global warming [“High-country icon in peril?” page one, Aug. 21]. Rising temperatures, changing rainfall and disrupted snowfall patterns are also impacting the Northwest’s salmon and native…

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August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

War on seagulls: Are these birds a nuisance or part of Seattle scene?

Seagulls, like the Needle, a Seattle landmark I wonder what Ivar Haglund, founder of Ivar’s restaurant, would think about the new War on Seagulls [“The war on seagulls,” front page, August 4]. Can’t speak for him, but I’m pretty sure if someone had called Ivar’s Acres of Clams while he was still alive and asked for comments…

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July 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Snake River dams: What would removing them do?

Removing dams, bringing back recreation Editor, The Times: I am a professional fly-fishing guide on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. I read Lance Dickie’s recent column on the Snake River dam removals [“Reservoirs of uncertainty behind the Snake River dams,” Opinion, July 24] with great interest. As the column pointed out, the promises of a great economic boon to the…

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July 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Environment: Why such a fuss over global warming, carbon emissions?

Carbon rhetoric used to frighten public What are “carbon tax” and “carbon emissions” in the piece by Bruce Flory and Todd Myers [“Replace property tax with a carbon tax,” Opinion, guest column, June 29]? Are they concerned about soot emissions (i.e. structureless carbon, a pollutant), graphite or diamonds? These are examples of carbon. Maybe throwing a…

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May 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nevada water crisis

Solution is artificial salt lakes We’ve got lots of water, just that it is mostly salty [“Next global crisis: water?” Business, May 3]. Solution: Get rid of the salt. Underneath Nevada are huge aquifers of alkaline/saltwater, which can be pumped to the surface via wind and solar energy. There are numerous dry lakes in Nevada that can…

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