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September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Starbucks amends gun policy

Take a stand Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.] You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores? Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he…

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0 Comments | More in Business, Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, guns, policy

September 11, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Women engineers seek a sense of belonging

Professional woman can relate I was heartened to read in Dianne Chong’s opinion piece that she can “appreciate the relevance” of outward appearance for professional women. [“Guest column: The most common question from young women engineers? What to wear,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] The way “fitting in” and “belonging” are presented by young women can easily…

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August 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The consequences of raising the minimum wage

Column needs more data Bruce Ramsey recently wrote about the economic consequences of raising the minimum wage. ["Column: What are the costs of raising the minimum wage?", Opinion, Aug. 28.] Who does he talk to about the consequences of raising the minimum wage? Business managers. They are, of course, opposed — it looks like a cost…

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August 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Seattle businesses go gun-free

Serious situation The letter to the editor from Ian King is silly. [“Northwest Voices: Cutlery ban?” Opinion, Aug. 26.] Cutlery is only dangerous at very close range, while guns can be used from a distance. Drive-by shootings and bank robberies use guns. I have not heard of a drive-by cutlery robbery. King does not seem to appreciate…

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August 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Increasing the minimum wage

Perspective over time I would like to provide some perspective in the discussion regarding the minimum-wage issue. [“SeaTac’s $15 wage initiative draws big money, attention,” NW Friday, Aug. 23.] In 1966, I was released from military service and started my career as an architect in training, in Norfolk, Va. I was paid $3 per hour. I…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, cost of living, employees

August 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Seattle businesses go gun-free

The power of the purse I congratulate Mayor Mike McGinn for the idea of gun-free business in Seattle. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.] I personally will limit my shopping to those businesses to the greatest degree possible. Fortunately, most of us know the difference between voluntary compliance and a ban on guns. The…

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August 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Mayor encourages Seattle businesses to go gun-free

Silly and self-serving In these very pages, I read with horror the news accounts of people being stabbed, in some instances fatally. Oh, what can we do, what can we do? [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.] I call upon all restaurants, pubs and other establishments serving non-finger-food to join a voluntary ban…

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August 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Mayor unveils gun-free program in Seattle businesses

Mayor should be out Mayor Mike McGinn wants to make Seattle a gun-free zone. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.] Instead, Seattle should be a McGinn-free zone. Mike Smyth, Bellevue Unintended consequences More unintended consequences from Mayor Mike McGinn. “Gun-free zones” are intended to prevent crime. Instead, they encourage crime by disarming law-abiding citizens. They do nothing…

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August 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles

Superb example for Seattle businesses In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,” I specifically called on Seattle’s business community to support improvements in cycling conditions as evidence of their commitment to environmental sustainability, public health and the economic future of Seattle. Thus, I was pleased to read…

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0 Comments | More in Business, Environment, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: amazon, bicycling, bikes

August 7, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Department of Ecology plans review of coal port

Bad for the economy Let’s dispense with the Department of Ecology’s review and save the state several million dollars. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.] There’s no way this coal project will ever get approved by the state of Washington. But let’s at least acknowledge a few things in the process. One,…

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