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July 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Government dysfunction: The power of pledges

Our words and our promises matter. That’s why the Independent Women’s Voice created the Repeal Pledge, for repeal of the president’s health law. Recently, columnist Danny Westneat wrote that pledges make Washington, D.C., “dysfunctional” [“No new taxes’ means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15] But pledges like ours are not responsible…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Hadley Heath Manning, Independent Women’s Voice

July 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tim Eyman’s fade: PDC could use more money

I was amused when reading Danny Westneat’s column concerning Tim Eyman’s initiatives [“Tim Eyman losing support, money from business,” Local News, July 8]. The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) was created following the passage of an initiative. Qualifying an initiative for the ballot was brutally difficult then too, but it was done with volunteers. Now I…


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Danny Westneat, Miriam Helgeland, Public Disclosure Commission

June 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Religious people have a duty to understand atheists

Thanks to Danny Westneat for his revealing column about American’s intolerance of atheists ["Poll finds Americans’ growing tolerance stops at atheists," Local News, June 22].  Based upon this survey, one’s belief in God accounts for 50 percent of the people in this country not feeling comfortable with atheists, especially if they are members of one’s…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: atheists, christians, Danny Westneat

June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Rails to trails: Good use of a corridor is subjective

As noted in Danny Westneat’s Sunday column, the government contends “landowners have always had trains running through their yards, so if anything, a trail is a more benign use” [“Was public railroaded in trail deal?” Local News, June 7]. Actually, this ignores how many owners feel about a public-access trail through their yards. With real estate,…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Danny Westneat, Rails to trails, railway

May 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Immigration reform: We are expelling those who can help the economy

I agree with the opinions presented in “Despite Obama, immigration is still splitting up families” [Local News, May 28]. There needs to be a different approach to handling cases of those in the country illegally. The harm we bestow on people like Jaime Rubio-Sulficio reflects back on us as well. Beyond the emotional turmoil…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Anthony Valente, Danny Westneat, immigration

April 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Student diversity: Quality of education is most important

Danny Westneat completely misses the problem: Chasing demographic projections is a fools errand [“WWU’s president is right: The world is changing; deal with it,” Local News, April 22] President Bruce Shepard should abandon his premise — “If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Danny Westneat, Demographics, Eric J. Garcia

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…


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…


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…


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

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