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December 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Pakistan school massacre: What kind of monsters kill innocent children?

My immediate reaction to the mass murder of young students in Pakistan [“Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage,” Nation & World, Dec. 21] was to ask: What kind of monsters would kill innocent children? Then I recalled that for a decade after the 1991 U.S. attack on Iraq, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, the…

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Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: Afghanistan, children, education

November 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Sex trafficking: Educate children

The editorial “Work remains on sex trafficking” [Opinion, Nov. 10] can be a vital part in the endeavors to decrease the number of exploited children in the sex trade. Many agencies and professionals were mentioned as necessary components. I missed, however, the necessity of educating the children themselves. We teach them to be aware…

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Comments | More in Sex trafficking | Topics: children, minors, Ruth Kverndal

March 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Education in Afghanistan: Congress should do more to help children worldwide

Thank you for Lance Dickie’s excellent column about education in Afghanistan [“An educator’s optimism for Afghanistan,” Opinion, March 27]. I saw impressive figures from the BBC in the last month. It reports that there are currently 10.5 million kids in Afghan schools now, 42 percent of them girls. Where there were just 400 teachers…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Education | Topics: Afghanistan, Bob Dickerson, children

September 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortages

Use cloth My heart is aching for those people who don’t have diapers for their little ones. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] I know it is problematic to not be able to change babies’ diapers. But tell me this. Has anyone ever heard of cloth diapers that you use, wash…

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Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: children, cloth diapers, diapers

September 5, 2013 at 7:01 AM

The risks of avoiding vaccinations

Living in fear I work in a clinic, and frequently answer phone calls from frightened and panicked mothers. [“Editorial: The heavy cost of vaccination free-riders,” Opinion, Sept. 1.] These mothers are beside themselves, because their unvaccinated child just was cut deeply while on vacation yet they never got a tetanus shot, or they’ve been exposed to…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: children, fear, immunizations

August 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Preschool for all Seattle children

More education funding needed So now Seattle is moving to provide more preschool education for all its 3- and 4-year-old residents. [“Editorial: Preschool investment,” Opinion, Aug. 26.] Bravo! Apparently, older kids will arrive at school with backpacks filled. Bravo again! Will great programs will greet them? Perhaps not so much. When will we accept the need for…

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Comments | More in Economy, Education, Seattle | Topics: children, education, funding

August 29, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Silverdale couple charged with child assault

Family court dropped the ball How in the world did the sadistic Brandon and Viviana Gunn of Kitsap County get guardianship of his 13-year-old brother? [“Around the Northwest: Couple charged with child assault,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] Their arrest for brutally torturing the boy sickens me. I just recently jumped through numerous legal hoops here to…

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Comments | More in Children, crime/justice, Families, Public safety | Topics: children, cruelty, family court

August 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Talking to kids about marijuana

Where’s the science? Teens are used to adults making statements about marijuana that are not true. This leads them to reject any advice from adults that might be true. [“Guest: What to tell your child about marijuana,” Health & Fitness, Aug. 25.] The Times should require a guest writer like Dan Labriola to provide a source…

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Comments | More in drugs, Marijuana, Politics, Seattle | Topics: awareness, children, dan labriola

August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Curbing childhood obesity with school nutrition

King County is taking action With one in five students in King County overweight or obese, we agree with Marilyn McKenna’s concern that having healthy foods in schools is a critical component to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. [“Guest column: Curbing childhood obesity starts with school lunches,” Opinion, Aug. 14.] Six school districts with high obesity…

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Comments | More in Education, Health care, Seattle | Topics: children, food, health

July 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Early learning as crime prevention

Early-learning programs benefit everyone King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Seattle’s Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel got it right when they noted how high-quality early-learning programs build a solid foundation for success in school and life. [“Guest column: Early learning is a crime-fighter,” Opinion, July 17.] Not only is it one of the best ways to…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: children, early learning, education

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