I read Rick Steves guest column [“The Hamster Wheel States of America,” Opinion, Jan. 4]. Bravo! Rick Steves says what I have been thinking for many years — I couldn’t have said it any better. Anyone who thinks that a French-style revolution couldn’t take place in America, hasn’t read much history. When people get pushed…More
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Hemorrhage of greed James Sherk claims paying fast-food workers a $15 hourly wage is akin to attaching leeches to their skin, in that it will hurt them economically. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] Where is his grave concern for the leeching already at full throttle — massive corporate profits sucking the…More
Priorities need to change It is true that everyone looks for more, bigger, faster — fill in your own blank. [“Column: America, land of the overeaters,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] What we cannot seem to have is safer, kinder, gentler, more loving. So we substitute; we drown our anxieties in huge meals, incessant use of cellphones while avoiding…More
Congress should protect people, not corporations The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years, a cut that could threaten an adequate food supply for as many as six million Americans. [“House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 16.] While…More
Follow the money The letter from Michelle Munneke claims that sequestration of the federal budget does not solve the problems of our inefficient tax code and entitlement programs that drive the deficit. [“Northwest Voices: Sequestration and the federal debt,” Opinion, Aug. 13.] Those two “problems” are actually conservative code phrases for their political agenda. Fixing the…More