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December 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police use of force: A disparity of justice

I am a former prosecutor from Florida. The photograph of Miyekko Durden-Bosley, pictured on the front page of The Seattle Times is a frightening image [“NAACP blasts decision not to prosecute officer who punched woman during arrest,” Local News, Dec. 9]. I can not imagine that we as a society can condone punching a…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: King County, Laura J. Rodgers, Miyekko Durden-Bosley

December 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Sales-tax deduction: An income tax needed instead

As grateful as I am for the sales-tax deduction [“Make sales-tax deduction permanent,” Opinion, Dec. 6], I am only one among 28 percent of Washingtonians who benefit from this deduction because I can itemize my deductions. Where is the justice in this advantage when the rest don’t get to claim this benefit? The Times…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Income tax, Ron Moe-Lobeda, sales-tax deduction

December 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Tax policy: Top 1 percent of Wash. residents need to pay more

I couldn’t agree more with Jonathan Martin’s column “It’s time for progressivism in tax policy” [Opinion, Dec. 7]. Martin cites Silicon Valley and the truth rings for me. I emigrated here 10 years ago from San Jose. I enjoy a great technology-marketing job with a good income. I was shocked to learn that…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Income tax, Jonathan Martin

December 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Reader callout: How has marijuana legalization gone so far?

Photo: Steve Ringman / Seattle Times

The Seattle Times Sunday editorial recounted how easy it was for one writer to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary — without a “green card.” According to the editorial board, this “erodes the cornerstone of Washington’s landmark legalization experiment.”

How do you think the experiment with marijuana is going so far in Washington? Leave your feedback in the

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: dispensaries, editorial, marijuana

December 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Ferguson protests: A need for body cameras

In the article posted about the militarization of police forces, I found a few of the points intriguing [“Obama pushes body cams and broad police reform,” Nation & World, Dec. 1]. I think that there needs to be greater trust between police officers and civilians. I think that the transparency that would be provided…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: body cameras, ferguson, John Rosenberger

December 8, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ferguson protests: Silence not an option

The Seattle Times editorial “Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good” [Opinion, Dec. 3] perfectly illustrated the misconceptions that have surrounded the Ferguson protests. While there have been hundreds of people protesting peacefully the murder (and yes, the fatal shooting of an unarmed boy should have been termed murder), The Seattle Times…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: ferguson, Katja Grosse-Sommer, Missouri

December 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Wilderness access: Maintaining national parks is a priority

State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette’s guest column [“Maintaining Access to Wilderness,” Opinion, Dec. 3] presents interesting arguments for opening a road in the Stehekin wilderness, which in one way makes sense to provide greater opportunities for wilderness visitors. On the other hand, I hope she understands that wilderness is, indeed, just that and…

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Comments | More in National Parks | Topics: National Parks Service, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, Stehekin

December 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ferguson protests: The real issue is poverty

The editorial decrying the violence and vandalism of Seattle protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo., is absolutely correct as far as it goes, which is unfortunately not nearly far enough [“Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good,” Opinion, Dec. 3]. Yes, this is about Ferguson. Yes, it is about police brutality seriously…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: ferguson, Harold R. Pettus, Missouri

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