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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Immigration: Obama is being hypocritical

Leading up to the election in 2008, President Obama campaigned on a promise that immigration reform would be at the top of his agenda if elected [“Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders,” Nation & World, Nov. 20]. During the first two years of his administration no immigration reform bills were suggested, much…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: immigration, Mark Stratton, President Obama

November 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marketplace Fairness Act: Paying taxes to other states is unfair

In a recent editorial, the Seattle Times criticized U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for rejecting Internet sales tax legislation [“If John Boehner kills the Marketplace Fairness Act, it would hurt Washington state,” Opinion, Nov. 13]. As a small online business owner, I am thankful that leaders in Congress are taking a more thoughtful…


Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: House Speaker John Boehner, Internet, Marketplace Fairness Act

November 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Thanksgiving: Mourning lost traditions

I’m starting to think the Pilgrims aren’t the only ones who are no longer around. Thanksgiving itself seems to be approaching extinction. With Thanksgiving still more than a week away, I went to three stores trying to find Thanksgiving napkins and plates for my holiday table. One clerk, after looking rather perplexed, said, “If we had…


Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Holidays, Linda L. Dodge, Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Zoo elephants: A lost learning opportunity for children

I’m quite saddened that Seattle will be removing the elephants from the Woodland Park Zoo, even though the zoo spent a sizable amount of money on a special exhibit area for them less than 30 years ago [“But where will the elephants go?” Opinion, Nov. 19]. It’s a shame that thousands of Seattle children…


Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: elephants, Judith Opacki, Seattle

November 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I-1351: Voters need to make wiser decisions

I have always believed that voters are not informed enough to make a common-sense decision about a particular initiative — this proves it [“How to fund I-1351?” Opinion, Nov. 13]. One really has to wonder why half the voting public passed Initiative 1351 without regard as to how to pay for it. I wonder how…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Initiative 1351

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…


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…


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…


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

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