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April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why vote to approve King County Prop. 1, despite its flaws

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Proposition 1 has its faults (for me mostly because of the regressiveness of the sales-tax component), but I am voting for it anyway.

Some fine day the state Legislature will pass a statewide transportation package, but until then we need this money to maintain the current level of service.

Without it, former bus-riders who

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0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Judy DeLaittre, King County, metro

April 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

King County Prop. 1: Metro needs to think differently, serve non-riding population

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

With the upcoming vote on car tabs and sales tax a couple of facts get lost in the rhetoric [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7].

First, some 60 percent of all public-transportation dollars currently go to transit while about 5 percent of the population uses Metro (not roads). Those transit dollars are not always spent effectively.

Second, any product or service that is subsidized at more than 70 percent — Metro is now about 72 percent — will always have

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0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: car tabs, Issaquah, King County

April 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses are the lifeline of our community

Proposition 1 will soon be put to a vote. It funds public transportation ["Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. Proponents estimate there will be 30,000 more cars on our streets if this proposition does not pass. I am a frequent bus rider. The buses I ride are usually well-used. In rush hour,…

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0 Comments | More in Metro, transit, Transportation | Topics: Anne Thureson, buses, King County

March 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Metro transit, roads, Proposition 1: Fix the ‘me’ mentality

The pro- and anti-transit guest column pieces run in The Seattle Times are graphic examples of a serious problem that’s developed within our society since the 1980s [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. You could label the for-and-against positions present in these two articles as “we” and “me.” A core concept…

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0 Comments | More in transit | Topics: Jim Secan, King County, metro

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…

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

October 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

King County snowplows will be hard to find

City prioritizes stadiums over roads I’m not surprised to read King County snowplows will be hard to find this winter [“King county snowplows to be scarce this winter,” page one, Oct. 14]. I mean really, is it all that necessary that roads be maintained in the county? Obviously not as the last 20 years have shown. When…

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0 Comments | More in King County, transit | Topics: King County, Snowplows

July 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM

King County’s bond fund investments

Let taxpayers make their own investments Bruce Ramsey’s column about the county’s recent loss of $38 million IOUs from two European “structured investment vehicles” containing “dodgy American mortgages” made by the King County Bond fund raises several questions. [“King County’s Bronx cheer for Wall Street’s bond raters,” Opinion, July 17.] Why can’t the county reveal what…

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0 Comments | Topics: bond, county, fund

July 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM

King County Metro’s bus service faces cuts

Establish a third fare zone Again and again, King County Metro Transit whines for attention, threatening service cuts with its limited thinking and planning. [“Guest column: State’s inaction will force cuts to King County Metro’s bus service,” Opinion, July 12.] Why does countywide bus service have only two fare zones? Why is the fare to White…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: bus, fare, fare zone

June 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM

King County Council members can collect money, set up fund

Accepting cash will lead to corruption The Times article on King County Council members accepting cash included council members stating that it will not influence their vote in any way. [“County Council members will collect cash for expenses,” page one, June 27.] I find that hard to believe. Politicians and money stick together just like bees…

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0 Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: cash, county council, funding

May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Seattle transportation cuts

King County needs to manage money better Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King…

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0 Comments | More in budget cuts, Transportation | Topics: budget cuts, Dow Constantine, King County