When state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, spoke on the UW Seattle campus last winter, he told the audience that in order to get attention, an issue had to be framed in the context of job creation. Such is the unfortunate state of our political discourse, and this tactic is being used in the debate over…More
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Need to operate like other commercial entities No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions [“Feds drag feet on banking for marijuana industry,” Opinion, Aug. 27]. While it is encouraging to see that a small but growing number of financial operators are beginning to provide necessary services…More
Plans to relocate to Canada Burger King was started in the United States in 1954 and now, 60 years later, it’s going to buy a Canadian company and change its company headquarters to Canada to dodge paying a few extra dollars of income tax [“Burger King to buy Tim Hortons; headquarters will shift to…More
Amazon’s tax strategy is competitive Excellent and very gripping piece on Amazon.com’s charring in the U.K. over taxes by reporter Jay Greene [“Brits Cry Foul,” Page one, Aug. 26]. What is truly frightening is the ignorance of the politicians who were doing the grilling. What they don’t realize is that corporate taxes are simply indirect…More
Nice to read that the chief executive of Harley Marine Services, who stands to make a fair amount of money from oil trains, is in favor of them [“The economy needs oil trains,” Opinion, July 10]. Taking Harley Franco’s money gain out of this equation, let’s look at a few other facts: First, the oil…More
$15 would support a student, and many others As a high-school student about to graduate, I believe the change in the minimum wage to $15 would be highly effective for all residents in the Seattle [“New poll shows big support for $15 minimum wage,” Local News, May 14]. This new poll that shows big…More
Columnist David Brooks states in his column that “ … the majority of workers are not seeing income gains commensurate with their productivity levels.” [“Capitalism for the masses,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. He also states that “ … Republicans need to declare a truce on the social safety net.” So far, so good. However, then…More
Reducing inequality is in everyone’s interest
David Brooks’ column “The inequality problem and its roots” [Opinion, Jan. 18] got it wrong.
First, his focus on the top 5 percent and the “bottom end” misses the middle class. Second, although he is correct that the causes of inequality are complex, he is wrong to suggest that there are “two different constellations of problems” that are not related.More
It is not a happy new year for more than a million people who start 2014 with the loss of their unemployment benefits [“Long-term jobless voice fears as unemployment checks end,” NWFriday, Jan. 3]. The program was created to help millions of U.S. citizens who lost their jobs in a recession. In most…More
Why is begging legal and selling is not?
I think the mistletoe debate is very thought-provoking [“Oregon girl gets top row of braces after mistletoe snag hits the news,” NWWednesday, Dec. 4].
It presents an issue of morals versus extremely finite legal issues: a question that is truly hard to answer.
It is clear from a moral perspective that she should be able to be able to receive medical treatment. But should she be able to harmlessly bend the rules? The article would suggest yes by implying that the guard is in the wrong here by denying her the chance for dental care.