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November 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Prop. 1: Metro should improve driver conditions

The Seattle electorate did the right thing in passing Proposition 1 to improve bus service operated by Metro [“Metro bus service to get boost with passage of Prop. 1,” Local News, Nov. 4]. “Fixing” unreliable schedules is one of the stated goals for the new tax revenue. In 2009, an outside auditor recommended a reduction in…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: David Bailey, King County, Metro Transit

October 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Mental illness: More funding for programs needed to avoid wait lists

Regarding “Judge sets March 16 for trial for mentally ill in jails case” [Local News, Oct. 22], the decision is a positive move forward, but does not address the larger issue. Most people involved seem to agree rights are being violated but there is no remedy. I am concerned by why they are in…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: King County, Mariah Taylor, mental health

October 20, 2014 at 7:05 AM

A strange decision by the League of Women Voters to oppose Proposition 1B

As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWVS-KC) active in education issues, I was deeply disappointed by the LWVS-KC Board’s decision to oppose the city’s quality preschool program — Proposition 1B [“The Times recommends to vote for Proposition 1B to bolster quality preschool in Seattle,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. This decision…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Education Committee, King County, League of Women Voters

October 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Mental health: Let’s start talking about fixing the system

Thank you for including Jonathan Martin’s column, “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13]. He speaks to a major issue facing our state. Washington’s mental-health system has been struggling for years to maintain enough beds. We’ve seen this very clearly with the large increase of psychiatric boarding over the last few years. In 2012,…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Anastasia D. Hill, boarding, King County

October 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Metro Transit: Dow Constantine is showing leadership

The in-depth information that King County Executive Dow Constantine provides about funding for Metro Transit is a welcome new resource for me — and surely others — committed to sustainability for Metro [“Metro Transit’s plan explained,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. Cutting through some of the confusion by highlighting volatile funding and resulting risks that must be…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Connie Voget, Dow Constantine, King County

September 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

It’s time to establish an independent Seattle transit district to stop gridlock

Danny Westneat got directly at the heart of the matter in his column “Carfree in Seattle, the living isn’t easy” [Local News, Sept. 12]. If our regional planners truly want to see their stated goal of making Seattle a high-density, world-class city without it becoming a traffic nightmare, bus-route planning must be on…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: buses, Danny Westneat, Emily Salisbury Keene

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

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