The Legislature must resolve weaknesses throughout the public mental-health crisis system, including adequate psychiatric bed capacity, extending non-institutional intensive treatment options and updating the judicial process [“Lawmakers consider ways to improve mental-health services,” Local News, Feb. 10]. When the system works properly, it can halt the downward spiral of a person’s psychiatric illness. But…More
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Requiring initiatives to include fiscal impact information is a sensible and long-overdue step for our democracy in Washington state [“Bill would require ballots to note initiatives’ fiscal impact,” Local News, Jan. 9]. We voters love to support both lower taxes and expanded services, such as smaller class sizes. Who wouldn’t? But we aren’t the…More
The recent Seattle Times editorial “Early education’s promise needs funding” [Opinion, Jan. 12] extolled the undisputed benefits of investing in early learning. In recent years this call for investments has grown and enjoyed widespread support. Advocating for policies that fund early learning has always been relevant to promoting school success, closing the achievement gap,…More
How funny that The Seattle Times would have the nice writeup on the Opinion page about former Gov. and U.S. Sen Dan Evans [“Dan Evans and the efficacy of bipartisanship,” Opinion, Jan. 13] on the same day that there is an article about the response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State…More
Young people are desperate to see meaningful action on climate change. However, the fossil-fuel industry has lobbied to block action at the federal level, so action falls to the state. Fortunately, the governor has proposed a powerful cap-and-trade proposal [“Inslee seeks tax rebate for low-income families,” Local News, Jan. 1]. The plan is pretty…More
Editor’s note: Last Sunday, The Times Opinion page asked readers what the Legislature’s priority should be this session. Here are selected responses:
In laying out its priorities for the Legislature in 2015, The Seattle Times editorial board hit on an agenda that is absolutely important. But it overlooked a crucial item: preserving natural infrastructure.
We need clean water to drink, a resilient Puget Sound, vibrant forests and clean air to breathe. These are foundational to all other issues. A healthy environment underpins human mental and physical health and our region’s livelihoods.
Caring for Washington’s environment is caring for the bedrock of our state. Living in the midst of natural beauty, we sometimes take for granted the incredible natural resources that are the foundation for our state’s economy and quality of life.
Mary Ruckelshaus, Seattle
Fund public education
As the state constitution declares, the state’s first priority is to amply fund public education. The constitution is veryMore
The Washington Legislature convenes Jan. 12 for its 2015 legislative session. The Seattle Times editorial board published its priorities to focus lawmakers on the big tasks ahead. The No. 1 priority is education, followed by transportation, medical marijuana excesses and a failing state mental-heatlh system. What are your priorities for the Legislature? Why? Fill…More
Thank you voters for listening to your teachers [“How to fund I-1351?” Opinion, Nov. 13]. Thank you for knowing that each minute per child gained is money in the bank of our future. Even though we haven’t figured out how to fund the class-size initiative, thank you for sending a message to the…More
Guest columnist Jason Mercier and Chris Cargill’s defense of supermajorities is unpersuasive [“The case for a supermajority vote on tax increases,” Opinion, Nov. 4]. In a democracy where majority rule is the time-honored tradition, supermajorities are justifiable only where they slow voter action on matters in which the velocity of change is important. In…More
Get ready for the barrage of candidates and campaign information heading toward your doorstep.
Since May, throughout the state, legislative candidates have been doorbelling, speaking at rallies, riding in parades, glad-handing at fairs, meeting with newspaper editorial boards. The Seattle Times editorial board continues to publish its recommendations for voters to consider when they cast their ballots.
But voters themselves can find plenty of opportunity to ask candidates about important topics. The Times editorial board has published its suggestions voters can ask, along with explanations of why they are important.
What would you ask candidates, given the chance? What would you say they need to focus on? Why? Leave your comment in the form below and it might be featured in print and online in the next week.More