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November 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

School shootings: Adults need to be more involved in youths’ lives

Thank you Sheer Yedidia for your letter [“Can you hear the yelling?” Northwest Voices, Nov. 16]. Yes, as adults we should be the first ones teaching our children and listening to what they are saying. We should be teaching our children right from wrong, not only by listening to them and being aware of…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: gun control, gun violence, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

November 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Substitute teachers: Improve absenteeism to fix problem

The recent article on the shortage of substitute teachers suggested that schools are finding it difficult to find qualified substitutes to fill all the need [“Daily problem for schools: There aren’t enough substitutes,” Local News, Nov. 13]. As a former member of the Seattle School Board, I remember that also being an issue…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: absenteeism, Don Nielsen, education

November 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge

The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14]. Imagine this wave of fortune for countries like Bangladesh with 156 million people who are already suffering in poverty, stricken…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: accountability, climate change, global warming

November 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Midterm elections: Parties should govern, not obstruct

Reading E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column in The Times reinforced how casually we as voters take the partisan behavior of our two political parties [“Don’t govern on fantasies,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. Dionne quotes a National Review articles as follows: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, David Miller, Democrats

November 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

School shootings: Can you hear the yelling?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Can you hear them now? After they’re dead and gone? On the news, day after day, all I hear is another school shooting here and another killing there. And people say, “It’s sad, they were so young, oh, another one.”

Yeah, another one. Day after day, death after death, child after child.

When will it stop? When will it all stop? When will you listen?

Yes, you. You don’t listen to youths — what do they know? I mean, you adults have been on this Earth for, 40 years. They — us — haven’t experienced

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: gun violence, Redmond High School, school shootings

November 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Eating disorders: Parents can help kids understand body image

I wish to applaud Carrie Dennet’s article, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder” [Health & Fitness, Nov. 9.] As Dennet explains, “An eating disorder isn’t a lifestyle choice or an example of an extreme diet.” It is, in fact, a mental-health condition and a public-health concern. Thanksgiving break is a…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Carrie Dennet, eating disorders, public health

November 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Sex trafficking: Educate children

The editorial “Work remains on sex trafficking” [Opinion, Nov. 10] can be a vital part in the endeavors to decrease the number of exploited children in the sex trade. Many agencies and professionals were mentioned as necessary components. I missed, however, the necessity of educating the children themselves. We teach them to be aware…

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Comments | More in Sex trafficking | Topics: children, minors, Ruth Kverndal

November 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Seattle police: Fix trust issues between leadership and officers

Danny Westneat and The Times in general haven’t been acknowledging the elephant in the room [“My brazen car prowlers turn out to be state’s ‘Most Wanted’,” Local News, Nov. 7]. Seattle police officers who want to keep their jobs are averse to busting low-level criminals because the cops don’t believe their leaders (and the…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Danny Westneat, department of justice, Phillip Johnson

November 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

U.S. political system: Fix it by switching to a parliamentary system

Kate Riley in her column “How to fix the American political system from within” [Opinion, Nov. 8] proposed that the top-two primary would get the U.S. around the recent political gridlock. I disagree. Our political problems are much deeper and may require more radical change.  The real problem is having a bipartisan political system….

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: bipartisan, democracy, Democrats

November 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Obamacare: Courts shouldn’t be revising laws

Paul Krugman does not respect your readers. He asks us to believe that the language in the Affordable Care Act that specifies federal subsidies will be provided for those who purchase health insurance through state-run and not federal exchanges is due to sloppy drafting of the legislation [“Death by typo for Obamacare?” Opinion,…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: John Prueitt, Obamacare, paul krugman

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