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February 1, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Provide an alternative when opposing taxes

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times should not have published the column by Richard S. Davis [“Gov. Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea is dead on arrival,” Opinion, Jan. 28]. Why?

All tax increases or spending cuts adversely affect someone. All the column does is provide the details specific to


Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Patrick J. Russell, Richard S. Davis

November 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Midterm elections: All Republicans have done is sabotage Obama

I am struck by the number of items on guest columnist George Nethercutt’s list of goals that could have already been achieved except for the intransigence of Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the Senate [“What Republicans need to accomplish now that they control Congress,” Opinion, Nov. 5]. The…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, midterm elections

October 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Islamic State: Sunni Arabs, not Kurds, are the ultimate solution to the problem

If Wednesday’s headline “Embattled Kurds are key in fight against Islamic State” [Nation & World, Oct. 7] is correct then U.S. efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State are doomed to failure. The Kurds are not the key, Sunni Arabs are. The Islamic State exists because Sunnis in Eastern Syria and Western…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Kurds

July 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Hobby Lobby decision a step closer to establishing Christian church as official U.S. religion

Before the movie “Mary Poppins” came out the longest word in the English language was supposedly “antidisestablishmentarianism.” The word was coined in the middle of a heated political fight in Britain over the “established church,” namely the Church of England (frequently referred to outside of the U.K. as the Anglican Church). Not surprisingly, a lot of people…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Christianity, conservatives, Hobby Lobby

June 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Iraq: Wait, don’t do something stupid

“Don’t just stand there, do something stupid.” That seems to be the consensus advice of opinion makers to President Obama [“Obama sets high bar for US military action in Iraq,” Nation & World, June 13]. And, yes, the second comma is missing on purpose. Most of the actions suggested by these opinion-makers are indeed demonstrably stupid….


Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: foreign policy, iraq, military