Topic: Mayor Mike McGinn
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October 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Candidates go head-to-head during TV debate
In last week’s mayoral debate, state Sen. Ed Murray leaned heavily on his long list of endorsements from the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, to labor, business and environmental groups [“Battle for top job in Seattle heats up during TV debate,” page one, Oct. 10].
Yes, Murray is the obvious choice for organizations like the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. But doesn’t it seem like endorsements from some groups come simply because he is the alternative to Mayor Mike McGinn?
Case in point: The environmental group Washington Conservation Voters endorsed Murray in June, touting his strong voting record in the state Legislature. I won’t argue his record, but isn’t it clear that McGinn, a former Sierra Club President, is a more environmentally friendly mayor? He’s been a leader on coal trains, fossil-fuel divestment, public transit and more.
The WCV wouldn’t even endorse McGinn in 2009 when he ran against Joe Mallahan, a businessman with no environmental record. So it appears that the WCV is not the “political voice for the environment” it claims to be, at least not in the last two mayoral races. And Murray’s biggest talking point, his endorsements, is sometimes less about him and more about an alternative to McGinn. If Murray wins, the environment loses, and that’s on the WCV.
Jeremy Tryba, Seattle
August 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM
The letter to the editor from Ian King is silly. [“Northwest Voices: Cutlery ban?” Opinion, Aug. 26.]
Cutlery is only dangerous at very close range, while guns can be used from a distance. Drive-by shootings and bank robberies use guns. I have not heard of a drive-by cutlery robbery.
King does not seem to appreciate the serious situation that Mayor Mike McGinn is addressing.
Michael Clarke, Redmond
August 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM
The power of the purse
I congratulate Mayor Mike McGinn for the idea of gun-free business in Seattle. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
I personally will limit my shopping to those businesses to the greatest degree possible.
Fortunately, most of us know the difference between voluntary compliance and a ban on guns. The power of the purse will be a determining factor.
If I am out hunting or target practicing, a gun is appropriate, but just to show how tough I am by carrying one around so I can lay it out on the table or in my waistband is inviting trouble.
Vicki Decker, Bothell
August 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM
Impacts are important
I am shocked at Lauri Hennessey’s misleading, unsupported comments about Mayor Mike McGinn regarding the coal-export study. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.]
I hope readers will look at the actual study and note for themselves the many negative impacts for Seattle that coal-train plans would bring.
People need to know more about such impacts as traffic congestion, property-value losses, emergency-response inputs and grade-crossing construction and about the huge costs.
I would urge readers to click on the link to the Sightline Institute, especially to learn about what is missing from the coal study, such as cost estimates for coal dust and diesel-exhaust pollution.
We in Seattle are fortunate that Mayor McGinn is looking out for our interests on the coal-train issue. The commissioned studies are an important piece of the work he is doing on our behalf.
Connie Voget, Seattle
August 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM
Beating the weather
Leading up to the Seattle mayoral elections, we find yet another discrediting article on Mike McGinn. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.]
Still unexamined is how the 18 coal trains each day will keep rolling along during the routine track closures from seasonal mudslides between Seattle and Everett.
Maybe the Times-endorsed candidate and former state Senate budget czar Ed Murray can “collaborate” a fix in the weather?
Peter Beaulieu, Shoreline
Two stories, one global issue
I found it interesting that, on Aug. 20, one front-page article addressed the worldwide cost [“Scientists: sea level may rise 3 feet by 2100,” page one, Aug. 20], and another the local cost, of continuing to burn fossil fuels at a breakneck pace.
The report on the impact of 18 coal trains per day through Seattle had significant consequences for our own community in terms of dollars and cents, but also to our health and safety.
The article on the worldwide impact of increasing carbon dioxide output, translated from the impassive scientific terms and even in its least extreme predictions, sounded nothing short of catastrophic to the global community.
When will we come to our senses and insist that our country turn away from this path to disaster and invest in clean alternative energy sources?
Lisa Dekker, Seattle
August 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Silly and self-serving
In these very pages, I read with horror the news accounts of people being stabbed, in some instances fatally. Oh, what can we do, what can we do? [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
I call upon all restaurants, pubs and other establishments serving non-finger-food to join a voluntary ban of all cutlery. Knives are of course obvious weapons, but merely removing edged implements is not enough. Forks can be pretty nasty, and it is not uncommon to have two or more forks at each place setting. I leave it to your imagination just how brutal one can be with a spoon, especially the dauntingly large soup spoon. Call the new program, “Fingers-Only Zone.”
Does this sound silly? No sillier than the mayor’s politically self-serving bombast about a voluntary gun ban.
I do not find it surprising that he did not let the City Council in on the joke, as hopefully at least one member would have tried to stop him from humiliating our city yet again.
Do we really have to wait until November for a new Mayor?
Ian King, Seattle
August 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Mayor should be out
Mayor Mike McGinn wants to make Seattle a gun-free zone. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
Instead, Seattle should be a McGinn-free zone.
Mike Smyth, Bellevue
More unintended consequences from Mayor Mike McGinn.
“Gun-free zones” are intended to prevent crime. Instead, they encourage crime by disarming law-abiding citizens. They do nothing to stop criminals who, by definition, don’t care about the law.
Criminals are happy to know there won’t be any armed citizens to stand in their way.
Similarly, when Mayor McGinn caused gridlock all around the city by replacing car lanes with bike lanes, he probably exacerbated climate change by causing drivers to sit in traffic, emitting carbon dioxide.
It’s hard to imagine that enough commuters got out of their cars and onto their bicycles to offset the gridlock’s effect on emissions.
The man needs to do some critical thinking before implementing any more feel-good, counterproductive “solutions.”
Maggie Willson, Seattle
Where will it stop?
Now that Mayor Mike McGinn is providing stickers for business owners establishing gun-free business locations, will he be willing provide us with lawn signs saying that there are no guns in the residence?
Bob Burnside, Edmonds
August 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Question the money
According to the recent article in The Seattle Times, the money being used to extend police patrols comes from “better-than-expected city revenues.” [“McGinn taps $400K to boost patrols in crime hot spots,” page one, Aug. 16.]
What does that mean? Where else would or could it have been spent? It seems like there should be room for some discussion about those numbers.
Steven Albright, Seattle
June 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Consider new policies
Anyone who walks in the downtown core cannot help but notice the ongoing street disorder that continues unabated despite the Metropolitan Improvement District, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, and increased, targeted police patrols [“Mayoral hopefuls take heat on city disorder,” NWFriday, June 7].And if city and county funding and city policies have created an environment that mayoral candidates say demands more police response, shouldn’t we all be looking to new policies?
Clearly, the economy and defunding of services have created greater need and desperation among the growing ranks of the poor. But the ongoing, deliberate policies and funding that concentrate deep poverty and mental illness in the heart of our city make it nearly impossible to make our downtown streets safe, secure or inviting. At what point do these policies and decisions, and their deleterious impact, become irreversible? Seattle’s leaders seem completely unwilling to address this core issue.
Some of the mayoral candidates talked about the need for dispersing services and housing. We couldn’t agree more, but also wonder if the political will really exists among our city leaders to make the changes necessary to address the issues head on.
Kate Marrone and Bruce Patt, Seattle
May 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM
McGinn deserves recognition for work on parks, infrastructure
Mayor Mike McGinn has shown exemplary leadership in handling delicate issues at Magnuson Park. For this he deserves praise and acknowledgment.Your columnist enumerates some of the mayor’s easily won victories to mollify a blistering critique of his record [“Mayoral candidates jostle to take on the powerful interest,” Opinion, May 2]. It’s worth noting too that Mayor McGinn took responsibility for saving several historic buildings in Magnuson Park that were threatened by demolition and neglect.He delivered $7 million to renovate Building 30 for public space, offices and artists’ studios. He allocated $1 million to pluck the old fire station from the wrecking ball and stabilize it for development. With City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams, he pushed for a difficult renegotiation of the lease on Building 11, saving a beautiful waterfront building that is home to Sail Sand Point.
When keeping score of this mayoral term, please consider these public benefits, which parks users will enjoy for years to come.
Lynn Ferguson and Peggy Printz, Seattle
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