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Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Unfortunate it takes the McCleary decision to get legislators to act

Although Washington state lawmakers may be “gearing up for a thoughtful debate,” some voters hoped they might have at least begun that during the session just finished ["Initiative 1351 aims to corner Legislature on K-12," Opinion, April 12]. The McCleary decision calls for increased funding for the purpose of dealing with problems such as excessively large class sizes and excessive caseloads for…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Initiative 1351, Legislature, Mary Wallon

April 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Not much has changed in 44 years for parity in women’s pay

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Equal Rights Amendment (the possible 26th Amendment then) was being discussed, argued and finally defeated, I was a young mother whose job was to raise  four chilldren. Women are still getting about 23 cents less an hour per $1  than men. Still!  [“Forum: The gender pay…

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0 Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Elizabeth M. Williams, Equal Rights Amendment, Pay parity

April 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: a lazy electorate?; Democracy sold to highest bidder

If the rich decide elections, it’s due to a lazy electorate

Syndicated columnist Gail Collins seems to feel that because the Supreme Court has allowed larger political donations, the rich now have more leverage in political elections [“Surprise! The rich won one,” Opinion, April 6].

Hey, are any of us forced to base our votes on TV ads, billboards and bumper stickers? Do the Koch Brothers (or any other billionaires) force us to vote for the candidates they support?

Or do all citizens have the opportunity, not to mention the responsibility, to inform themselves regarding all the candidates and issues?

If the rich determine the elections, based on their donations, it is due only to the laziness of the rest of the voting public.

Richard Askren, Seattle

Democracy sold to the highest bidder

There is just something so unseemly, wrong and even slimy about the Supreme Court’s rulings on

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0 Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: advertising, Don Curtis, Free speech

April 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Oso mudslide: Some mudslide insurance help available

As victims of the catastrophic landslide in Oso start rebuilding their lives, many face the additional calamity of having no insurance for the loss of their homes [“Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans,” Local News, April 1]. Losses from landslides are not covered by typical homeowner’s insurance. But there may be…

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0 Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Arthur Zeizel, FEMA, flood

April 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Mozilla: The right to free speech doesn’t protect you from consequences

The recent stir about Brendan Eich’s departure as Mozilla chief executive and the reported backlash related to free speech issues are baffling to me [“Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues,” Business / Technology, April 5]. Yes, corporations are considered people under the law and hence are entitled to First Amendment rights. Eich, as the living, breathing…

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0 Comments | More in Gay rights | Topics: Firefox, gay marriage, Jos van Schagen

April 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Mozilla: CEOs should think twice before donating to hot-button issues

The story “Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues” [Business / Technology, April 5] brings up interesting issues. “Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down Thursday as chief executive, just days after his appointment. He left the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser after furious attacks, largely on Twitter, over his $1,000 contribution to support of…

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0 Comments | More in Gay rights | Topics: Brendan Eich, Firefox, Free speech

April 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Still a long way to go on gay rights

Danny Westneat’s column “Fanaticism on both sides of gay-rights issue” [Local News, April 5] makes an interesting point. But Westneat makes a gross overstatement when he says that the pro-gay-rights side has “basically won.” While gay marriage has made legitimate progress in the United States, America has a long way to go in terms…

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0 Comments | More in Gay rights | Topics: Danny Westneat, gay marriage, Grant Bronsdon

April 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Christians aren’t only concerned about abortion and homosexuality

Leonard Pitts writes as if there is only one major brand of Christianity in this country — one that he describes as conservatism [“Christianity the last to get it right,” Opinion, April 6]. Does he not realize that there also is a large segment of progressive Christians in this country who are committed to…

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0 Comments | Topics: abortion, Christianity, gay marriage

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