December 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM
The homeless have the ability to work, so give them jobs
In Derek Low’s guest column [“Find a site to replace Nickelsville,” Opinion, Dec. 4], he states the well-meaning motivation of caring people drawn to social work with a desire to support those in need.
But he doesn’t mention an underlying and greater need of all adults — the desire for self-esteem through work and self-support. The article fails to mention that homeless people are jobless people. Why do social-service agencies focus primarily on provision of support for homelessness? Why has the City Council spent $500,000 on maintaining an ever-expanding population of homelessness? Why didn’t the City Council consider offering the money to Costco, Safeway, Home Depot and other businesses to help train homeless people so that they can eventually provide for themselves?
Yes, many homeless people are unable to work; social-service professionals are needed. However, every survey taken by people who are homeless that I have read — many with mental illness — say what they want as their first priority is a job. It is time for Seattle to shift its focus and policies from perpetual support of homelessness to greater recognition of skill-building and jobs. Homeless individuals have the ability — and the need — to support themselves.
— Eleanor Owen, Seattle
Pay more attention to Seattle homeless crisis
I agree with guest columnist Derek Low’s opinion that we should pay more attention to the crisis of homelessness in Seattle.
As he writes: “While waiting for permanent housing, the least our great city can do is provide a legal and safe place to pitch a tent.” Before we consider Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ plan to use small drones to deliver his stuff to our online shoppers in 30 minutes, let’s apply our creativity to solving life-or-death issues like homelessness.
Maybe our new socialist councilmember will apply the kick in the pants we apparently need.
— Jerome Chroman, Seattle
December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM
Federal carbon tax is the solution
Everyday the media is reporting global warming symptoms (caused by CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels) more and more frequently: drought, fires, floods, ocean acidification, insect pests moving north destroying forests and bringing tropical diseases [“Arctic Ocean leaking methane at alarming rate, researchers say,” Online, Nov. 30].
Perhaps we are complacent in the Northwest. We don’t see the symptoms as so dangerous to us, as if they are manageable. And the cause, the gases, are invisible to us.
But now comes this news from the Arctic. Methane is being released at twice the predicted rate as the permafrost and ice is melting. Methane is the most dangerous of all the greenhouse gases. It’s 30 to 70 times as damaging as CO2. This will profoundly escalate all the problems for our ecosystems.
December 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM
If the Superfund doesn’t clean up toxic waste sites, what’s the point?
If the Superfund doesn’t properly clean up toxic waste sites when they finally get around to the cleanup, then what’s the point? ["Suits claim Love Canal still oozing 35 years later,” News, Nov. 4].
If what the current Love Canal residents believe is true, and the site is retrogressing back to a toxic wasteland, what might happen to the Hanford or Duwamish site here in Washington?
We must make it a priority that our cleanups, the Lower Duwamish and the Hanford, don’t mirror the canal. The sites must be completely clean for healthy human inhabitation.
December 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM
3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV don’t have their infection under control
Regarding your recent article, what a wonderful boon for humanity [“Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative,” News, Dec. 3].
And kudos for his pledge to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as long as the other countries do their part.
People don’t realize that the U.S. spends only a quarter of 1 percent of our total federal budget on global health.
Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategy as its 2001 “breakthough of the year.”
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that about 3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV do not have their infections under control. Extremely drug-resistant TB has now emerged and has been documented in at least 77 countries, including our own.
Thank you, President Obama.
— Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton
December 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM
We need to work together for comprehensive immigration reform
I appreciated your editorial in the paper. After reading it, I immediately called all mentioned Republican politicians: Doc Hastings, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dave Reichert, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers and advised them to read your editorial and to work together for comprehensive immigration reform [“Get some real work done, Congress,” Opinion, Dec. 3].
I called because when I tried to email U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers my efforts were thwarted as I am not in her district.
I recommend that everyone call these delegates and let them know you want action. It’s the least we can do while immigration activists starve themselves on the National Mall to bring attention to this issue.
— Sybil Davis, Burien
December 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM
Single-payer system can standardize medical costs (call this writer)
Regarding the costs of health care, Paul Krugman need only repeat the indisputable facts about single-payer systems. Single Payer systems all around the world average 10 percent of GDP while we spend 20 percent of GDP anually in the U.S. on health care [“Obamacare’s secret success,” Opinion, Dec. 1].
Statistics show how only a single-payer system can control costs best into the future. That’s the only reason we’re all talking about health care in the first place.
These facts prove that the Affordable Care Act is nothing but a shameful continuation of the massively corrupt health-care mess in this country. At least 30 of the authors of the ACA are now “consultants,” helping corporations navigate the dizzying law.
December 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Future generations require our action now
The guest column by Gillen D’Arcy Wood should be a wake-up call for all [“Typhoon Haiyan recalls past global cataclysm,” Opinion, Dec. 1].
The impact of superstorms like Typhoon Haiyan, attributed to warming ocean waters, are a harbinger of the likely future impacts of climate change on a global scale. The frequency of storm-related disasters linked to a warming planet are now irrefutable and are becoming the new normal as a way of life. Echoing the column, “The Haiyan challenge is far greater: to make a stand for humanity’s future on a livable planet.”
December 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM
Car-tab fees have risen dramatically
It is time for King County Metro to start operating like a business and stop feeding at the public trough [“Poll: How should King County fund Metro public transit?” Online, Dec. 2].
Voters passed a $35 car-tab measure and since then car-tab fees have only continued to rise, to the point where tabs can cost nearly twice the amount voters approved.
Metro has stated that in order for them to make enough to not cut routes and service, it would have to raise fares $2 each way.
Well, do the math. Even if it costs another $4 a day for commuters, they would pay it, because they easily save that much in gas and parking. Cheap parking downtown Seattle is more than $10 a day, so even another $4 means commuters still save more than $6 a day.
It is time for Metro to pay their own way, and to stop penalizing car owners with higher tab fees. I pay to support Metro and it doesn’t even service my part of the county.
— Ron Hopper, Carnation
December 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Foster healthier, more peacful homes and communities
‘Tis the season to make wise and loving choices about the gifts we give our children; choices that send a message about our hopes for them [“Lives changed: ‘We all have something to give,’ page one, Nov. 24].
We need to ask if our gifts encourage mental and emotional growth, while fostering healthier, more peaceful homes and communities.
There are many inexpensive books, puzzles, toys and games that encourage growth in these areas. But there is also a more precious gift, one that is affordable by everyone because it’s free: the gift of our time. Instead of purchasing a gift, why not present a certificate redeemable for time to read, hike, play or do a project together?
Let the kids choose how you’ll spend time together. Let them know their world is important to you. Your gifts of time bear no price tag, but they convey the true, priceless holiday spirit.
— Lin McJunkin, Conway
December 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM
Patients should be allowed admission to the center with the greatest expertise
After reading the article in Sunday’s paper about the insurance networks, it seems to me that there is an assumption on the part of everybody that one size fits all when it comes to hospital caregivers ["Policies’ limits shock shopper,” page one, Dec. 1].
This is simply not the case. During the 25 years I worked in one of the major Seattle hospitals, my area of expertise involved urology, nephrology, diabetes and organ transplantation. I had no experience in caring for burn patients, patients with severe trauma or patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Physicians depend on nurses to detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition and to report those changes back to the physician. Whether a patient lives or dies can depend on these observations. A nurse who has no experience with that patient’s particular problem is less likely to detect these changes.
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