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November 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Remove all government prayer

Atheists are treated like second-class citizens The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Greece v. Galloway, which involved Christian prayers at City Council meetings [“Supreme Court hears case on public prayer,” News, Nov. 7]. Nondenominational prayers would be better than sectarian prayers, but it’s not acceptable to atheists, who don’t pray. If the court were consistent…


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November 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

District elections could affect land use and development decisions

Renters could lose their voice under council districts While I’m happy that district elections will lower the cost of running for city council, I worry about how it will affect land-use and development decisions [“Elections by district mean big change for city leaders,” NWThursday, Nov. 7]. Seattle needs to build quite a lot of new housing…


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November 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Term limits won’t solve our problems

An educated voting public will keep qualified candidates in office The only thing keeping qualified candidates with little money from being elected is the laziness of the voting public [“Elections determined by big money, Opinion, Nov. 5]. Term limits would not solve this problem; only an educated voting public would solve it. Term limits would result in…


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October 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Step forward for climate-change plan

West coast at the forefront of strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy Great move by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, California Gov. Jerry Brown, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark in signing a joint climate change accord that will cover the length of the North American west coast. Let’s hope the…


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October 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Reform the government to live within its means

Accept responsibility and think about our children’s future Can’t we just support ourselves? What is this raging desire to pass debt on to our kids and grandkids? [“Obamacare: ‘Great start’ here, while Oregon lags,” page one, Oct. 18]. That recession was a glimpse of the future, and it was good for us! It made us all more…


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October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some…


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October 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

A note to career politicians

Situation seems like a fox guarding a henhouse Kathleen Parker’s column “The middle is most of America,” [Opinion, Oct. 17] really just acknowledges facts that have been known for at least all of my adult life. I am 71. Nixon coined the term “silent majority” back in the late ‘60s to describe the middle. That middle has…


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