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October 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Women in tech: Some ideas for reducing workplace inequality

I would like to suggest a simpler solution to income inequality than Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella offered in his “karma” statement: let the sunshine in [“Why I’m glad Satya Nadella gave that awful career advice to women,” Monica Guzman, Oct. 11]. By legislation or initiative, make every person’s pay appear on the public…

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Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: Microsoft, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, Thor Thompson

October 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Advisory Vote No. 8: Marijuana is already overtaxed

I don’t understand The Seattle Times’ logic in supporting Advisory Vote No. 8, the law that excludes state licensed marijuana farmers from agricultural tax advantages [“The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 8 on marijuana tax,” Opinion. Oct. 14]. The Times writes, “Initiative 502, rightly puts pot alongside alcohol as an adult indulgence…

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Comments | More in Election, Marijuana | Topics: Advisory Vote No. 8, election, marijuana

October 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Judicial ratings: Provide more funding for information on judicial candidates

Facing another set of confusing judicial elections, I much appreciated The Seattle Times editorial recognizing votingforjudges.org — the website that disseminates objective, accurate and comprehensive information about judicial candidates [“Votingforjudges.org makes it easier to size up judicial candidates,” Opinion, Oct. 15]. More people should know about this site. As a matter of human interest,…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, judicial, justices

October 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Gun control: Many shooters pass background checks

My mailbox assaulted me with a slick, expensive flyer funded by Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) promoting Initiative 594, requiring background checks of all gun transfers, as if every gun owner was about to go crazy and shoot up a school [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, initiative 594

October 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun control: Gun registration is like car registration

Gun owners are objecting to Initiative 594 on the basis that they think it results in gun registration [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local News, Oct. 13]. They seem to think it could result in their guns being seized for no reason. There is no record of that…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, initiative 594

October 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Education voices: Readers’ opinions, concerns on expanded pre-K

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

As part of a three-part series on early learning, the Education Lab blog recently asked readers to share their thoughts on the idea of expanded pre-kindergarten and whether a city-sponsored program would meet the needs of their families.

The blog received dozens of thoughtful responses to the call out. Below is a selection of reader answers. Head over to the Education Lab blog for additional reader responses, and an additional question asking whether readers would send a child to such a pre-K program.

Also, The Seattle Times recently published its endorsement on the two competing pre-K ballot measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Times supports Proposition 1B over 1A, writing that it’s the one measure that “actually creates, and funds, this promising idea.”

Q: Do you agree preschool should be a universal offering, available to all families regardless of income? Why or why not?

Yes, as long as it is actually universal. I do not believe in the middle class subsidizing the poor while still having to pay full or marginally reduced price for my own children. I have 3-year-old twins, and this is of great interest and importance to me. I will most likely vote against the subsidized pre-K initiative.

 Scott Jeffries, Seattle

No. I think we should spend our taxpayer money on boosting the quality of our elementary through high-school education instead. We need smaller classrooms and more individual help for students who need it  too many are falling through the cracks. We should still keep Head Start for the under-privileged.

 Lisa Stultz, Anacortes

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Kevin Bergsrud, Lisa Stultz

October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3]. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Chuck Hagel, climate change, Davis Oldham

October 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police need more freedom to perform duties

We don’t need more police on the beat as much as we need to untie the hands of those already on duty ["Seattle needs to crack down on street crime with more police," Opinion, Oct. 13]. We have restricted the normal operation of those on duty by the frivolous lawsuits and federal meddling to…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Charles Hodson, consent decree, seattle police

October 16, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Mental health: We have failed to humanely care for the mentally ill

In response to Jonathan Martin’s column “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13], I’d like to add some comments. First, there are far too many mentally ill people in jail in general. Because of the values society has placed on them, they are automatically seen as outcast, which is very similar to criminals. Until we see…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Jonathan Martin, Kevin Cormier, mental health

October 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Ebola: Don’t let past false alarms affect current response

The lack of strong response to the Ebola crisis by President Obama and Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows they are “fighting the last war,” causing them to fixate on the economic cost of imposing a West Africa travel ban [“Second health worker tests positive for Ebola,”…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola, Eileen Crawford, President Obama

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