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September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle ["Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing," Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: apodments, Bob Palmer, Eastlake

September 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Extend charity care to help debt-ridden patients

As someone with medical debt, I find it inexcusable that hospitals are using the gains of Obamacare as an excuse to slash their charity care programs [“Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state,” Local News, Sept. 14]. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer two years ago as a result of being underinsured. We were…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: charity care, Franciscan Health System, health care

September 17, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Seattle Waterfront: Proposed aquarium expansion would hurt broader plans

In this rendering, the view looking south shows how a new walkway would connect the Pike Place Market to the Aquarium and other waterfront attractions. Landscaping would feature native plants.

We thank reporter Lynn Thompson for her thorough review  of plans for renovation of Seattle’s waterfront ["Seattle's new waterfront: What it might look like and why," Local News, Sept. 12]. Thanks to years of effort by many dedicated individuals on the Central Waterfront Committee and the City Council with public input, an innovative vision of the public waterfront — the Corner Framework Plan — will guide public investment in its development.

However, a separate plan affecting the waterfront has been proceeding quietly without public review. The aquarium is planning a new

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Comments | More in Waterfront | Topics: aquarium, Ellen Barton, League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County

September 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

It’s time to establish an independent Seattle transit district to stop gridlock

Danny Westneat got directly at the heart of the matter in his column “Carfree in Seattle, the living isn’t easy” [Local News, Sept. 12]. If our regional planners truly want to see their stated goal of making Seattle a high-density, world-class city without it becoming a traffic nightmare, bus-route planning must be on…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: buses, Danny Westneat, Emily Salisbury Keene

September 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Funding education: Responsibility rests solely with the Legislature

I would like to respond to the column by Jon Talton “Eyes turn to superrich to fill university gap” [Business/Technology, Sept. 13]. I agree that there is a critical need to support higher education in this state. However, relying on the generosity of the superrich, who have already given generously to most of the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: college funding, education, Jon Talton

September 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Mars Hill Church: Stop the witch-hunt against Mark Driscoll

I fail to understand the constant witch-hunt against Mark Driscoll, the leader of Mars Hill church ["The rise and fall of Mars Hill Church," Local News, Sept. 13]. If you don’t attend his church, who cares? Yet, it has consumed the front page of The Seattle Times twice recently. It seems to be…

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Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, religion

September 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I-594: Clearing up misperceptions about the gun initiative

Initiative 594 requiring background checks for gun sales is a good idea. In The Seattle Times article “Group: Study shows benefit of gun checks” [Local News, Sept. 12], Dave Workman speaks out against it with incorrect information. He said that “there’s no evidence that background checks would accomplish anything.” Yet, when Missouri rescinded its background…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: background checks, gun control, gun rights

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