In his State of the Union speech [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28], President Obama is still following the main plank in the Democratic platform: never solve a problem, just treat the symptoms. Of course he’s also following the number two plank: if something isn’t working, do more of…More
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Both parties are at fault in Congress In response to Spencer Higley’s letter regarding the federal deficit, in which he says that the reckless spending by our government is due to the Republicans, I’d like to point out that the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to submit a national budget for three years. [“Northwest Voices: Federal deficit...More
Welfare for the rich Thank you for printing the article about what has happened with food stamps and the farm bill. [“A food-stamp fight over values,” page one, July 18.] It is important for the American people to understand that many Republicans in our government, and our country, do not think that poor people have the…More
Republican opposition is shameful Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop asks in her first paragraph why, “other than crude political posturing,” would congressional Republicans want President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to fail? [“Column: Keep the health-reform train rolling past the naysayers,” Opinion, July 13.] She follows with 14 paragraphs of commentary. All she needed was her first sentence…More
Legislature should fund smaller classes Two important things are happening this week. Most of Washington’s school children begin the first full week of their summer vacations, and the Washington Legislature enters the first full week of yet another special session without fulfilling its paramount duty. [“Special session: 30 days, 0 bills, $77,000 in costs,” NW Saturday,…More
Bicycles and electric cars have impact I disagree with Taiji Tamura regarding not taxing bicyclists [“House Democrats’ transportation package focuses on gas, car-tab taxes,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 24]. I think anyone who purchases an “adult” bicycle should pay a one-time tax at the time of purchase. Why can’t bicyclists contribute? Motorists pay yearly fees and numerous…More
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…More