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December 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Tax policy: Top 1 percent of Wash. residents need to pay more

I couldn’t agree more with Jonathan Martin’s column “It’s time for progressivism in tax policy” [Opinion, Dec. 7]. Martin cites Silicon Valley and the truth rings for me. I emigrated here 10 years ago from San Jose. I enjoy a great technology-marketing job with a good income. I was shocked to learn that…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Income tax, Jonathan Martin

November 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Student-athletes: Paying college athletes disincentivizes drive to professional level

In response to Jonathan Martin’s post, “Should college athletes be paid for their performance?” [Opinion, Northwest, Oct. 30], I do not think that college student-athletes should get paid for playing on their school’s sports team. I understand the idea that these players are employees, but they should be in school for education. Playing…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: college, Jonathan Martin, NCAA

October 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Mental health: After addressing ‘boarding,’ look to comprehensive care

Washington state is one of the most progressive parts of the country. But when it comes to providing emergency psychiatric beds to individuals undergoing mental health crisis, Washington ranks a dismal 47th in the United States [“Escaping the mental-health abyss,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Providing more beds in order to cut down on the prolonged…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Ara Badayos, boarding, James Hnida

October 16, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Mental health: We have failed to humanely care for the mentally ill

In response to Jonathan Martin’s column “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13], I’d like to add some comments. First, there are far too many mentally ill people in jail in general. Because of the values society has placed on them, they are automatically seen as outcast, which is very similar to criminals. Until we see…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Jonathan Martin, Kevin Cormier, mental health

April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats

Jonathan Martin’s reasoning for bicyclists not paying their way makes no sense [“The problem with taxing bicyclists in Seattle,” Opinion Northwest, April 16]. He claims the administrative costs for taxing and /or licensing bikers is too high and hard to enforce. If this were the case, how can we afford the administrative cost of…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, boating, James Lowndes

March 7, 2014 at 6:04 AM

How to prevent health and safety incidents in child care

The infant deaths mentioned in Jonathan Martin’s column demonstrate the most tragic of health and safety issues that occur in Washington state child-care facilities [“Make child care transparent for parents,” Opinion, March 4]. HB 2165 is an essential step toward understanding the causes and remedies for such incidents. However, what are we doing to…

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Comments | More in Child care | Topics: Catherine Dewar Paul, child care, Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning

January 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Funding Metro: Proposal is as progressive as possible

I appreciate Jonathan Martin’s fresh perspectives at The Seattle Times. But his column about tax proposals left out some important details about the Metro proposal [“Prepare for the groan of tax fatigue,” Opinion, Jan. 27]. First, the proposed vehicle license fee would include a rebate for low-income households, which helps make it less regressive….

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Comments | More in Gas tax, Metro | Topics: Jonathan Martin, Melanie Mayock, metro