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January 31, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Homelessness: Address its root causes instead of just symptoms

Jon Fine contributed an admirable guest column on the effort to eradicate homelessness [“We can do better, be smarter in how we help the homeless,” Opinion, Jan. 30]. In one sense, I agree with Fine’s position: Much work has been done, yet much work remains. However, one thing must be stated clearly: The Ten-Year…


Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Chris Alexander, homelessness, Jon Fine

December 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Homelessness: More churches and other religious properties should open their doors

Per The Seattle Times’ editorial “Mayor Ed Murray and homelessness task force must look for long-term solution” [Opinion, Dec. 22], let me suggest an obvious solution: If every faith-based property (mosque, synagogue, church, whatever) were to open their doors each evening to allow people shelter, homelessness would go away. Where is the compassion supposedly…


Comments | More in homeless | Topics: churches, homeless, homelessness

November 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Initiative 1351: A funding plan for smaller class sizes

The editorial “Homeless students hurt by funding competition” [Opinion, Nov. 22] implies that those who voted in favor of Initiative 1351 are blind or stupid because we “bought into the initiative’s promise of smaller classes” without having a funding plan. It’s not us “yes” voters who are pitting homeless children against small classes —…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, homelessness

February 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Homelessness: How to rescue families in 2014

Danny Westneat gets it right in his recent column, where he lays out an ambitious goal for 2014: No child left outside [“In fight against homelessness, let’s zero in on children,” Local News, Feb, 8]. It’s the same goal the Committee to End Homelessness, a regional coalition hosted by King County, has set as…


Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Danny Westneat, homelessness, King County

January 24, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Homelessness and poverty: Crisis clinic; low-income housing; public assistance

Corrected version Crisis Clinic assists families in dire need The article “King County’s homeless families await help, as backlog grows,” [Local News, Jan. 21] highlights the growing crisis in family homelessness, which government and nonprofits organizations are working hard to eliminate. By calling 2-1-1, Crisis Clinic is able to connect people to a wide array of human services,…


Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: homelessness, Kathleen Southwick, Rita Moore

October 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Crime downtown

Social services won’t fix the problem It isn’t safe on Seattle streets anymore. [“Offenses go unpunished on downtown streets,” page one, Sept. 30.] Either you or your companions are subject to being shot or stabbed; Or at least mugged, harassed by street people or caught up as an innocent bystander in some drug or alcohol-fueled altercation. Mayor…


Comments | Topics: homelessness, Seattle crime, The Seattle Times

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.] I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe. I am not trained to…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

September 12, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

It’s a problem The problems in downtown Seattle are not just perception. [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] I’ll focus on one day, Aug. 12. I had clients in town who experienced the shooting of a Metro bus driver, the subsequent police chase and the fatal shooting of the gunman. On…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown seattle, homelessness, public safety

September 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Learn from it, and fix it Yes. Fix it! [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] But first, write about it so that the voters of the city and the state actually see what has been wrought since President Reagan claimed that we would provide better care to those confined in mental institutions…


Comments | More in Economy, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: community, downtown seattle, homelessness

September 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Panhandling regulations

Columnist made false judgments How is it possible that someone who is intelligent enough to be a syndicated columnist can make such claims? [“Column: Putting the squeeze on panhandling,” Opinion, Sept, 1.] First of all, there’s this assumption: “ … a sign saying ‘homeless veteran’ (hardly ever the case) …” Did she count them, those “disheveled…


Comments | More in homeless, Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: begging, homelessness, pandhandling

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