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September 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

New city budget and rising real-estate taxes

Unhappy property owner Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.] Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years…

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August 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

Drug crimes rampant Major crimes versus violent crimes — what’s the difference? [“Downtown getting safer? Not according to numbers,” page one, Aug. 15.] In Seattle, it’s the sleaze factor that is so disgusting in the Westlake area. There are no police around and nothing but drug transactions going on, right in the heart of the city….

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August 15, 2013 at 6:50 PM

What’s in a mayor?

Civic duty is grand I appreciated Bruce Ramsey’s column discussing what a city mayor is and is not. [“Mike McGinn vs. Ed Murray: What a mayor is, and isn’t,” Opinion, Aug. 14.] Ramsey did us all a service in exploring the mayor’s role. Insights from Councilmember Tim Burgess was a perfect addition. Ramsey is absolutely right that…

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August 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Violent crime in downtown Seattle

City leaders must face reality Our mayor, using cherry-picked statistics, says violent crime is down in the downtown area. [“Data: Violent crime spikes downtown in summer,” page one, Aug. 13.] As a downtown resident for more than eight years, I have seen street disorder, petty crime, intimidation and minor assaults increase over that time, especially…

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July 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Mayor Mike McGinn

Whole Foods conflict is a gadfly act Mayor Mike McGinn’s actions regarding Whole Foods are appropriate for a gadfly, not a mayor. [“McGinn’s stance on wages ups stakes in mayoral race,” NW Sunday, July 28.] Gadflies throw out ideas without regard for the consequences of their timing or methods of delivery. They have no obligation to…

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July 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Mayoral candidates compete for Seattle

Ideas for city improvement Seattle mayoral candidates: Where is Seattle’s vision? Seattle could be improved in many ways. The present mayor’s vision for Seattle has been limited to improved bicycle features and seawall repair. The new candidates have said little about how Seattle can be improved. Here are some ideas: Upgrade the waterfront to attract more people to…

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July 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Mayor opposes development project

There are other underpaid people out there Mayor Mike McGinn expressed concern about the $16 hourly wage at Whole Foods, while most teachers and child-care workers in the city earn much less than that. [“McGinn goes all out on Whole Foods,” NW Sunday, July 21.] Mayor McGinn, are you saying that people who work with food…

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July 23, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

City leaders must address problem I watched the primary mayoral debate on PBS recently, and I was bewildered and disappointed to hear no mention of the escalating crime situation in downtown Seattle. As a frequent public-transit rider, I no longer feel safe waiting for buses on Third Avenue, due to the assaults, stabbings and shootings that have…

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July 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Endorsement of Ed Murray

Murray’s Senate experience is not promising The Seattle Times endorsement of Ed Murray seems to leave out his experiences in Olympia over the past six months. [“Editorial: The Times recommends Ed Murray for mayor of Seattle,” Opinion, July 14.] Reading The Times during that period, I hardly heard of him and his leadership. He did enter…

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July 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Seattle mayoral race heats up

Debate should focus on content, not style As a college instructor of public policy, I stimulate debate, civic engagement and challenge my students to pursue the truth. I am appalled that The Seattle Times has abrogated its responsibility to report without bias. [“Rivals target McGinn’s style,” page one, July 9.] The front-page headline demeans the level…

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