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June 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obama’s coal-reduction plan: Praise to the president for taking action

Many, many thanks are due to President Obama for having the courage to propose new rules limiting carbon emissions from U.S. power plants [“Obama’s coal plan catches up with climate policy in Olympia,” Opinion, June 4]. When Congress does little or nothing about climate change, at least our president takes action. Emissions from power…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, coal, Mike Shaw

February 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care; don’t impose beliefs on others

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care

Kathleen Parker, like many religious people, seems to believe that “religious liberty” means the freedom of those who are religious to impose their beliefs on everyone else with whom they interact, especially those people over whom they have some control, such as employees and also customers [“Obama, practice what you preach,” Opinion, Feb. 9].

This interpretation of “religious liberty” fails to acknowledge that religion should be private and every person should have the right to her or his own religious beliefs and practices. I believe that any state or country that imposes, legalizes or allows the imposition of any religious belief of one person onto another is taking away the “religious liberty” of the other person.

With that reasoning, when employers are allowed to not provide contraceptive health coverage because of their own religious beliefs, they are taking away their employees’ religious freedom. To borrow an observation by Jon Stewart, religious employers are already providing the means to obtain contraception — it is called a paycheck. Why do so few people talk about this other side of religious liberty?

Margaret Garber, Seattle

Don’t impose beliefs on others

Kathleen Parker seems to intentionally ignore that President Obama does “practice what he preaches” in regard to religious freedom. She just doesn’t want to acknowledge what he is actually preaching.

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Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Kathleen Parker, Margaret Garber, Obama

October 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

D.C. exhibits stunning lack of leadership

President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Lawmakers Wednesday voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Obama encourages fight between parties What we just witnessed in Washington, D.C., is a stunning lack of…

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Comments | More in Government shutdown | Topics: government shutdown, Obama

September 27, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Obama talks gun control after mass shooting

People attend a rally, as part of the No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence bus tour on Capitol Hill, Sept. 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press] Follow the money I am very weary of the articles on guns and gun violence because no one talks about the key issue: the dollars that…

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Comments | More in Economy, Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Navy Yard Memorial

September 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Congress: Act quickly A Palestinian supporter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine holds a Syrian flag during a protest against a possible military attack by the United States on Syria, in Rafah Refugee Camp, southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Sept. 3. [AP Photo/Adel Hana] To those who represent the people of Washington state in the…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, military, Politics | Topics: chemical weapons, crisis, kerry

July 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Nurse sues Obama over surveillance

What about Bush? Anna J. Smith and her husband, Peter, at their home in Idaho. She filed a suit in federal court in Idaho against the government’s surveillance practices unveiled by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Her husband, a commercial litigator who has never handled a constitutional or national security case, is her attorney….

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: bush, foreign intelligence service act, NSA

July 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Government action on climate change

Good news Gina McCarthy speaks at a climate workshop sponsored by The Climate Center at Georgetown University in Washington. The Senate approved McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency on July 18. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon.] For climate activists, the last few weeks have been exciting. President Obama finally laid out a plan to address climate change. More

Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, EPA

July 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Zimmerman acted in self-defense George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, July 14. [AP Photo/TV Pool] Steve Alberts, in his letter to the editor, offered us his opinion on the George Zimmerman verdict and “Stand Your Ground” laws. [“Northwest Voices: Zimmerman verdict,” Opinion, July…

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Comments | Topics: acquittal, george zimmerman, gun

July 16, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Health-care reform continues

Republican opposition is shameful Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop asks in her first paragraph why, “other than crude political posturing,” would congressional Republicans want President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to fail? [“Column: Keep the health-reform train rolling past the naysayers,” Opinion, July 13.] She follows with 14 paragraphs of commentary. All she needed was her first sentence…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Democrats, health care

February 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Debate over Obama’s minimum-wage plan

Raises will help improve economy Raising the minimum wage is necessary [“Obama, business groups differ on minimum wage plan,” seattletimes.com, Feb. 13]. The minimum wage exists to guarantee that people are paid enough to sustain themselves, and the current minimum wage is too low to do this. Increasing the minimum wage to keep up with inflation…

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Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Minimum Wage, Obama, President Barack Obama