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Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s contradictory positions on health insurance coverage

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great…


Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, jaime herrera beutler

August 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Watoto’s death: Send Woodland Park Zoo elephants to sanctuary

Woodland Park Zoo elephant Watoto unexpectedly died on Friday.

Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant, Watoto, has died at age 45 [“Death of elephant at Seattle zoo mourned, revives debate,” Local News, Aug. 23]. The zoo claimed that she was old and had a “healthful” life. Neither is true. Elephants often live 60 to 70 years or more in wild areas protected from poaching. Asian…


Comments | Topics: elephants, woodland park zoo

August 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Use general fund instead of seeking levy for Seattle police and fire

Here we go again. Blow the general fund on bicycle priorities, art work, and then beg for dollars in levies to fund the basics like police, fire, criminal justice and other infrastructure that are the backbone of what government was intended to be there for. ["Mayor to seek levy to pay for police and...


Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, property taxes, Seattle Police Department

August 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Help underwater homeowners after Bank of America settlement

In a long overdue settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $17 billion settlement with Bank of America for its role in causing the housing and mortgage crisis [“Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few,” Business, Aug. 21]. As a city resident with a Bank of America mortgage who is facing foreclosure,…


Comments | Topics: banking, city of seattle, homeownership

August 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Division between physical and mental health care does not make sense

It’s a relief that we’re moving toward treating mental health on equal footing as physical health, but we still have far to go ["What's troubling mental health," Opinion, Aug. 17]. The entrenched system of silos of care that separate the head from the body makes no sense. At community-health clinics we know that behavioral health,…


Comments | Topics: debra morrison, medical care, mental health

August 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Enforce the state’s mental-health parity law

Thank guest columnists Sean Corry and Eleanor Hamburger for calling attention to the incredible lack of implementation of Washington’s mental-health parity law [“Enforce state’s mental health parity law,” Opinion, Aug. 20]. While many people need short-term treatment to resolve emotional distress, there is a significant group of citizens with mental-health needs who require ongoing treatment. The…


Comments | Topics: mental health

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