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January 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Democracy: The real problem is corporate control of media

I want to commend The Seattle Times for printing “The Hamster Wheel States of America” by guest columnist Rick Steves [Opinion, Jan. 3].  Although gridlock and corruption are eating away at our democracy, the real problem is corporate control of the media.   We receive all of our information through the media’s filter, meaning…


Comments | More in Media | Topics: democracy, Karl Rove, Kathryn McHenry

November 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

U.S. political system: Fix it by switching to a parliamentary system

Kate Riley in her column “How to fix the American political system from within” [Opinion, Nov. 8] proposed that the top-two primary would get the U.S. around the recent political gridlock. I disagree. Our political problems are much deeper and may require more radical change.  The real problem is having a bipartisan political system….


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: bipartisan, democracy, Democrats

May 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Initiative 1329: Restore democracy for the people, not the corporation

It was encouraging to see reporter Jim Brunner’s story in The Seattle Times on Initiative 1329 [“Initiative targets big money in politics,” Local News, May 9]. We — all of us — must collect 246,372 valid signatures before the end of June in order to ensure its place on the November ballot. When I…


Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: Citizens United, democracy, Initiative 1329

May 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Arab Spring: We shouldn’t support minority abuse

Guest columnist Shadi Hamid’s piece on the U.S. attitude toward Muslim governments is fine but fails to acknowledge the other horn of the dilemma [“Does the U.S. truly support democracy in Egypt?” Opinion, April 30]. How should the U.S. respond to a democratically elected theocracy that systematically abuses the minority? The Egyptian military’s reaction…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arab Spring, democracy, Egypt

May 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Arab Spring: First and foremost, support liberty

Guest columnist Shadi Hamid consistently discounts the anti-democratic and illiberal aspects of the Muslim Brotherhood when it had the opportunity to rule [“Does the U.S. truly support democracy in Egypt?” Opinion, April 30]. Whether the U.S. should support democracy in Egypt, and quite frankly anywhere, is a far too simple and shortsighted question….


Comments | Topics: democracy, Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood

April 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: A ruling for the wealthy few

The Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC directly conflicts with the First Amendment [“McCutcheon decision unravels campaign finance regulation,” Opinion, April 6]. The amendment states that no law should be made which would abridge the freedom of speech. In a large-scale society such as ours, this requires that all people be given equal…


Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: democracy, First Amendment, McCutcheon v. FEC

April 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Amend the Constitution

The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC should be the last straw for “We The People” [“Ruling loosens reins on political donations,” Nation & World, April 2]. The five majority judges seem out of touch with how democracy should really work — one person, one vote. It is time to amend the…


Comments | More in First Amendment | Topics: constitution, democracy, Free speech

September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Exhibit democracy We should recognize the opportunity the United States has to set a positive example for many countries in the Middle East by expressing our popular will on the decision to bomb Syria over their use of chemical weapons. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] The Arab Spring…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bomb, chemical weapons, democracy

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