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April 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Still a long way to go on gay rights

Danny Westneat’s column “Fanaticism on both sides of gay-rights issue” [Local News, April 5] makes an interesting point. But Westneat makes a gross overstatement when he says that the pro-gay-rights side has “basically won.” While gay marriage has made legitimate progress in the United States, America has a long way to go in terms…

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0 Comments | More in Gay rights | Topics: Danny Westneat, gay marriage, Grant Bronsdon

March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Health care: Numbers of enrolled don’t explain much

Columnist Danny Westneat writes, “Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to health care reform” [”As GOP grumbles, many more now insured,” Local News, March 30]. I sure do. My individual policy was canceled, and I was offered a policy with a much higher deductible for double the premium. I was forced into…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Danny Westneat, Hugh Hendrickson

March 10, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Addressing the burdens that often accompany minimum wage work

I was excited to see someone finally address the $15 an hour minimum wage debate and discuss low-wage workers aside from fast-food workers [“Minimum-wage proposal a $15 paradox for the poor,” Local News, Feb. 25]. Don’t get me wrong, I have worked in fast food and I have nothing but respect and care for…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Danny Westneat, Jennifer Schladweiler, Minimum Wage

February 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Minimum wage: A wealth tax to prevent homelessness

Danny Westneat made a grave error in his column on the $15 minimum-wage campaign [“Minimum-wage proposal a $15 paradox for the poor,” Local News, Feb. 25]. He implied that so far no one has mentioned taxes in this debate. Surely he must know that Kshama Sawant’s campaign for City Council had a two-pronged platform:…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Danny Westneat, Kshama Sawant, Minimum Wage

February 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Minimum wage: Ideology doesn’t solve problems

Danny Westneat’s column “A do-gooder tells why $15 wage is a bad idea” [“Local News, Feb. 22] was spot on. Seattle politicians’ willingness, it seems, to go “round the progressive bend” despite unknown consequences is distressing. This is where they believe the votes to be, however, and they’re probably right (witness Richard Conlin’s defeat). But…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Charlie Spaeth, Danny Westneat, Liberalism

February 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Homelessness: How to rescue families in 2014

Danny Westneat gets it right in his recent column, where he lays out an ambitious goal for 2014: No child left outside [“In fight against homelessness, let’s zero in on children,” Local News, Feb, 8]. It’s the same goal the Committee to End Homelessness, a regional coalition hosted by King County, has set as…

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0 Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Danny Westneat, homelessness, King County

August 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Actions by Republican politicians questioned

The secret weapon Danny Westneat wonders about the Oregon and Washington Republicans’ minds, their tabula studio. [“GOP veers right down wrong road,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.] They, as well as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, are the Democrats’ secret weapons. Thank you, Republicans. James Behrend, Bainbridge Island The left is loony, too Danny Westneat nailed it: Republicans are…

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0 Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: conservative, Danny Westneat, democrat

February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Sen. Patty Murray and Danny Westneat weigh in on sequestration

Government spending not acknowledged Sen. Patty Murray’s op-ed “Avoiding sequestration requires balance, cooperation, certainty” [Opinion, Feb. 27] lays out a purportedly fair plan while blaming the opposition in advance it if fails. What Murray fails to acknowledge is how badly government spending is out of control. If Murray’s plan to raise revenue by new taxes on…

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0 Comments | More in budget cuts, Congress, Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Sen. Patty Murray, Sequestration

February 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Three Democratic senators sponsored gun bill they didn’t fully support

Legislators should understand what they propose Kudos to Danny Westneat. He took on three Washington state Democratic senators and exposed them for the bumbling incompetents they are [“Dems keep shooting themselves in foot,” NWSunday, Feb. 24]. I suspect they will introduce other legislation they haven’t read in the future, but it is nice to see…

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0 Comments | More in Firearms, Gun control, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: Danny Westneat, Democrats, Sen. Adam Kline

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