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February 12, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Open-carry guns: Legislature taking a page from Supreme Court’s book

The irony of our state legislators follows in the vein of a recent legal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our state legislators create a ban on open-carrying firearm protesters in order to do their job in safety. The ban fails to protect other elected officials during local city and county meetings [“Battle…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: First Amendment, Glenda Tecklenburg, guns

February 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Obama’s theology: A universal truth

Columnist Ross Douthat amusingly demonstrates once again that if President Obama praised a grilled cheese sandwich, Republicans would have to figure out a way to feel abused by either grilling, cheese, sandwiches, or all three [“Obama the Theologian,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. Although stating a simple truth may not be relative in Douthat’s theology,…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Joseph Salmon, President Obama, religion

February 11, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Brian Williams’ suspension: Everybody embellishes

Brian Williams and his lack of judgment have become a high-profile story in the media [“NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay,” Nation & World, Feb. 10]. Unfortunately, the story has become something more than the person. Consider a journalist who has put himself in situations more dangerous than his station…


Comments | More in Media | Topics: Al Gore, Brian Williams, ethics

February 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Net neutrality should be enacted by Congress

I agree we need strong new net neutrality rules, but they should be enacted by Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission [“Getting a win for net neutrality,” Opinion, Feb. 3]. The FCC regulations guest columnist Timothy Karr favors face several difficulties. For one, the FCC’s plan to classify the Internet as a Title II…


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Everett M. Ehrlich, FCC, Federal Communications Commission

February 11, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Cost of initiatives: Voters don’t have all the information

Requiring initiatives to include fiscal impact information is a sensible and long-overdue step for our democracy in Washington state [“Bill would require ballots to note initiatives’ fiscal impact,” Local News, Jan. 9]. We voters love to support both lower taxes and expanded services, such as smaller class sizes. Who wouldn’t? But we aren’t the…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: election, initiatives, Legislature

February 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Minimum wage: Certain trades are a better way to lift people out of poverty

I have some ideas about how to lift some of the underprivileged kids from poverty [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. We had two young men in our family at different times who were saved by a wonderful program in Highline Public Schools. They both struggled mightily to reach…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: college, education, Minimum Wage

February 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Allow only valid medical exemptions to measles immunizations

A dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

As pediatricians, we have seen the benefit of immunization: the elimination of once-common diseases [“It’s time to end all debate on vaccines,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. Every day, we counsel parents about vaccines. We know they want to do what is best for their child. So do we. Most parents accept immunization, but not all. Un-immunized children can acquire and transmit measles — igniting outbreaks and endangering our community.

The public conversation spurred by the current measles outbreak suggests this risk is no longer tolerable. HB 2009 proposes eliminating personal belief exemptions from school immunization requirements. Will this increase immunization rates? Perhaps, but marginally. But it is very likely to


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Douglas J. Opel, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse

February 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

A data-driven, cheaper approach for homelessness

Jon Fine’s guest column encourages government and private philanthropy to be data-driven and accountable as we address homelessness [“We can do better, be smarter in how we help the homeless,” Opinion, Jan. 29]. My organization agrees that data-informed decisions will help us find lasting solutions to homelessness. Since early 2014, social-service organizations have been…


Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Alice Shobe, Building Changes, homeless

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