Another step in fixing our broken health-care system was taken when the Everett Clinic began listing the “retail prices” for the basic procedures [“Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” Local News, May 22]. Hospital procedure pricing lists would help create an open marketplace within the health-services industry, which would greatly benefit patients….More
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Use cloth diapers Nuts! For little more than the cost of a box of the disposable ones, a family could buy a dozen cloth diapers that would last through the child’s entire toilet training period. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] We raised seven happy, healthy kids in Seattle without ever using…More
Not the most efficient way Your gee-whiz story about the efficient Mazda plant, leaves the reader with plenty of “so what?” questions. [“Super-efficient plant gives boost to Mazda,” Business, Aug. 28.] Does the “stunning rate” of one car every 54 seconds on the assembly line produce better quality and fewer line stoppages? Going at a pell-mell…More
The worst thing we can do As much as many fast-food workers want to make a living wage from a job traditionally held by high-school and college students, the worst thing we can do is to allow these folks to set this job as their career. [“Fast-food workers take to the streets for $15 an…More
Time for realistic solutions Close the residential habilitation centers (RHCs) is not as simple as you think. [“Editorial: Reset inequity for state’s most vulnerable,” Opinion, Aug. 25.] The community needs to be improved and expanded. However, this should not be done at the risk of individuals leaving the RHCs or those awaiting services. Too often, the quest…More
Suggested solutions In the article about the national debt, David Walker mentions solving the problem doing something about health-care costs, changing the tax system and Social Security. [“Former top federal auditor sounds alarm on debt,” Business, Aug. 26.] The solutions are there right in front of us, but since most believe that growth, not sustainability, will…More