I am a former prosecutor from Florida. The photograph of Miyekko Durden-Bosley, pictured on the front page of The Seattle Times is a frightening image [“NAACP blasts decision not to prosecute officer who punched woman during arrest,” Local News, Dec. 9]. I can not imagine that we as a society can condone punching a…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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,…More
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…More
So before Seattle voters get a chance to vote on Proposition 1, to increase the sales tax and add a car-tab fee, Metro has announced the good news that it has found enough savings to reduce the cuts in bus-service reductions from 550,000 hours to 400,000 a year [“Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000…More
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…More
Because Metro has squandered millions and millions of dollars, they are now demanding that the taxpaying citizens of Seattle and King County bail it out, again [“Mayor proposes regional fund to limit Metro transit cuts,” Local News, May 13]. It is using tactics akin to giving a child some candy (bus routes in all…More
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 whoMore