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January 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Port slowdown: We’re all in this together

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

I hope the port labor dispute is resolved soon [“West Coast ports are in rough seas due to slowdown,” Opinion, Jan. 24]. It has lingered destructively for too long.

A lot of people don’t realize just how many workers have been displaced from their jobs in recent months as a result. Whether it is due to congestion problems in Los Angeles, an unacknowledged slowdown in area ports or a nighttime West Coast lockout, the result is the same. The result is that innocent third parties are hurt as collateral damage from battling giants of

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Comments | More in trade | Topics: Don Ricks, port of seattle, port slowdown

January 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Reader callout: Parents, teachers share ideas for fixing discipline

As part of The Seattle Times’ ongoing series on school discipline, Education Lab recently asked readers to share their experiences with student discipline. A selection of these responses are below. Go the the original post in Education Lab for more responses.

Want to add your own two cents? Go here to share your thoughts. The blog may publish another round of responses at a later date.

How have you seen discipline handled well?

Discipline has worked when I’ve seen adults willing to be a mediator for helping students listen to each other. Establishing agreements (not rules) beforehand and continuing to revisit them is also helpful. When children know they can trust, they will be heard, they are more willing to listen and learn and be guided.

–Marcia Christen, Poulsbo

I see more schools using positive behavioral supports. We have to teach kids how to behave and the right social skills to get their needs met. Suspending them only makes it worse.

–Lori Lynass (teacher), Shoreline

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, school discipline

January 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Marijuana: Liquor Control Board needs to clean up its act

Chris Marr, what have you been smoking? “Regulating medical marijuana” would be comical if it did not come from a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity responsible for the muddle known as recreational marijuana [“Medical-marijuana patients deserve a regulated system that is safe and affordable,” Opinion, Jan. 19]. “Highly trained individuals who…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Kristy Fox, marijuana, medical marijuana

January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today. I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, Roger J. Wong

January 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Taxes and utilities can cause rent increases

Danny Westneat’s column and any article for the last two years about rent increases in the city of Seattle have all forgotten to mention several reasons for the rent increases [“Even some landlords shocked by rent hikes,” Local News, Jan. 16]. All utilities have gone up as well as power, such as gas and…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Danny Westneat, Linda L. Jacobin, property tax

January 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Free speech: Pope was suggesting individual restraint, not state censorship

Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column “Pope needs a lesson in freedom” [Opinion, Jan. 18] criticized Pope Francis for his comments during the flight to Manila with respect to freedom of expression. Pitts quoted the Pope: “You cannot provoke” and “You cannot insult the faith of others.” Pitts then assumes, apparently without reading…

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Comments | More in First Amendment | Topics: Charlie Hebdo, Free speech, Peter M. Anderson

January 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Guns in Senate viewing area: Ban all open carrying of guns

I want to thank Lt. Gov. Brad Owen for banning open carrying of guns in the viewing area of the state Senate chamber [“State Senate bans openly carried guns in public gallery,” Local News, Jan. 17). This is a good, small step in the right direction. The Times article first stated as his reason…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen

January 21, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Property crime: These crimes are not insignificant

I was appalled by King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (now-halted) plan to “book and release” felony suspects in drug and property crimes [“Facing complaints, county exec halts jail book-and-release plan,” Local News, Jan. 14]. I realize that there is an issue with the county’s budget shortfall. However, the message that was being sent…

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Comments | Topics: crime, Cynthia Samuel-Zulch, Dow Constantine

January 21, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Elderly care: Nonprofits have proved success

The article on Seattle firms’ development of senior housing in China [“Seattle firms export expertise on senior housing to China,” Business, Jan. 10] indicates that Chinese policymakers are depending on their expertise in building its long-term care (LTC) system. The question is what kind of system will give elderly Chinese and their families the…

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Comments | More in Seniors | Topics: Baozhen Luo, China, housing

January 20, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Middle East: State-sponsored intolerance is occurring

What is wrong with Islamic societies today is epitomized by this statement: “When a person comes out and promotes his heresy, promotes his debauchery and justifies his apostasy on the basis that Islam is not good … the judiciary will get him.” [“Is Muslim violence product of theology or Arab states?” Nation &…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arabs, Egypt, Islam

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