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September 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Improving higher education in Washington

We must do more Regarding Katherine Long’s article on in-state students and top faculty at the University of Washington, and The Times editorial on improving the UW, we absolutely agree! [“Report wants UW to step up role as ‘engine for economic growth,’” NW Thursday, Sept. 12, and “Editorial: Good ideas to make the UW…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: community support, funding, higher education

September 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I-5 Columbia River bridge faltering

Time is of the essence The I-5 bridge over the Columbia River is the site of major congestion. A $3.4 billion project to replace it and add lightrail service died in June when the Washington state Senate opted not to take up consideration of a transportation funding project. [Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times] It’s time we “double…


Comments | More in Economy, Transportation | Topics: bridge, Columbia River, economy

September 11, 2013 at 5:57 AM

VA Puget Sound Health Care System gets low marks

Fund health care, not war I’m sickened to learn the state of Seattle’s Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. [“Puget Sound VA health system gets poor reviews for quality,” page one, Sept. 9.] At a time when the U.S. government is beating the drums for war in Syria, health care for American veterans falls far below acceptable levels….


Comments | More in Health care, Seattle | Topics: funding, health care, puget sound va

September 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Potential arena in Sodo

Do the math Investor Chris Hansen smiles as he speaks to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally in Seattle in 2012. [AP Photo/Elaine Thompson] The city of Seattle has been corrupted in such a way that it has allowed hedge-fund guy Chris Hansen to pay for an economic-impact evaluation of his…


Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: arena, Chris Hansen, economy

September 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Luxurious new Husky Stadium

Grotesque state of affairs The new Husky stadium was unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 31, just in time for the first game of the season. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.] Jerry Brewer stated the simple fact of the matter in his latest column: “The University of Washington spent $280 million to rejuvenate a decaying stadium …” [“Huskies…


Comments | More in Economy, Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: education, funding, higher education

August 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Preschool for all Seattle children

More education funding needed So now Seattle is moving to provide more preschool education for all its 3- and 4-year-old residents. [“Editorial: Preschool investment,” Opinion, Aug. 26.] Bravo! Apparently, older kids will arrive at school with backpacks filled. Bravo again! Will great programs will greet them? Perhaps not so much. When will we accept the need for…


Comments | More in Economy, Education, Seattle | Topics: children, education, funding

August 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Bridge infrastructure and maintenance in Washington

Infrastructure not to blame for Skagit River bridge collapse I am getting tired of people blaming the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on poor infrastructure maintenance. Times editorial page editor Kate Riley seemed to imply this in her recent commentary about the effectiveness of city vs. state and federal governments. [“Column: The economy’s…


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: funding, infrastructure, Skagit River bridge

August 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon

Cutting down workers’ benefits is not the answer In her guest column, Erin Shannon claims “the most effective way to encourage job growth is to reduce the cost of doing business,” which means “regulatory and tax relief” for businesses. [“How everyone jumped off the ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon,” Opinion, Aug 5.] Some of the policies she…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: business, economy, funding

July 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Mental-health care in Washington

Community Psychiatric Clinic needs state funding Heather Apartments are housing built by Community Psychiatric Clinic for homeless individuals who struggle with mental illness. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.] The recent article on mental health was a shocker for most of us at Cascade Hall, a Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) group home. [“Feds put state on notice…


Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: clinics, Community Psychiatric Clinic, funding

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