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August 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Laid-off Boeing employees receive extra help

Extra benefits amount to socialism Something is wrong with this picture. [“Extra help if Boing lays you off,” page one, August 1.] So the unions got together and persuaded the federal government to offer these extra benefits to workers who may be laid off. To justify this by saying the loss may be from outsourcing is…

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Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: benefits, Boeing, downsizing

June 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Senate bill would deplete health benefits for part-time faculty

Bill is hypocritical, dangerous As a part-time teacher, I read the story about the state Senate’s health-care proposal with great interest. [“Part-time school, college staff may lose state health benefits,” NW Thursday, June 13.] Sen. Andy Hill’s specious proposal for a $2 per hour “raise” could never begin to cover the actual costs of even a…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: 5905, benefits, education

May 6, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Social Security disability benefits

Disabilities are not always obvious Many disabilities are not visible and the disabled do not have to be wheelchair bound to prevent them from working [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26. It’s peevish to chastise the disabled Froma Harrop surmises are able to work, refuse minimal-wage jobs and prefer to “scam” the government…

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Comments | More in Disabilities, Social services | Topics: benefits, disability, Social Security

May 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Social Security disability benefits

Depression is misunderstood Froma Harrop does not understand the challenge of dealing with severe depression [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26]. The mental incapacity of depression is real and sometimes leads to suicide. True depression is not merely a “low mood”; it comes with an inability to bounce back to normalcy. Harrop ridicules…

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Comments | More in Disabilities, Social services | Topics: benefits, disability, Social Security