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January 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Readers’ priorities: What should the Legislature focus on?

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Editor’s note: Last Sunday, The Times Opinion page asked readers what the Legislature’s priority should be this session. Here are selected responses:

The environment

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 very


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, environment, Legislature

December 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

The real fear politicians face

In his recent opinion piece “The gift of fear that keeps giving,” [Opinion, Dec. 3] Thomas Friedman says that 9/11 has kept us and our government running scared ever since. One symptom of this he says is the “gotcha” politics (especially regarding the Middle East) that’s running rampant nowadays with our lawmakers, instead of…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: 911, Congress, Dan Kennedy

November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22]. Our…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Democrats, health care, immigration

November 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Midterm election: Our own system of politics is rundown

I found Nicholas Kristof’s column “America’s broken political system” [Opinion, Nov. 7] to be spot on. How disheartened do Americans have to become before we can transform this out-of-control wrecking ball? Despite approval ratings that are in the cellar, we continue to sustain this highly paid group of bullies and mud wrestlers. We have…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Dave Humphrey, Democrats, midterm elections

August 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Women politicians and lack of gender parity

Gender parity remains elusive On the 94th anniversary this month of American women gaining full voting rights, how far have we come? At the ballot box, quite far. Female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1964. So it’s worth remembering the long battle leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first…


Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: election, politics

September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Starbucks amends gun policy

Take a stand Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.] You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores? Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he…


Comments | More in Business, Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, guns, policy

September 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM

How Obamacare will work for immigrants

Advocates compassion Likos Afkas is from Micronesia, and came to Washington state about a year ago. Afkas was immediately diagnosed with kidney failure that has led to three-times-a-week dialysis. He also has heart problems and diabetes. Last month Afkas learned that he was cut from SSI and Medicare, leaving him exposed. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] Lornet…


Comments | More in Health care, Immigration, Politics | Topics: health care, hunger, immigration

September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The politics of race and hair at an Oklahoma school

Charter schools should be examined Lynne Varner’s recent column reminds us of the importance of culturally appropriate school policies and self-acceptance. [“The politics of a black girl’s dreadlocks at an Oklahoma school,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] However, when Varner states that “It is understandable why many black parents have trouble trusting and in turn investing in their…


Comments | More in Education, Politics, Race | Topics: charter schools, education, hair

August 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Teaching our kids to be citizens

A word from a teacher I am writing in response to the recent guest column by Web Hutchins and Judith Billings. [“Let’s teach our kids to be citizens,” Opinion, Aug. 21.] The message that “Seattle can do a better job developing engaged citizens by strengthening education in civics” does not paint the whole picture, yet I…


Comments | More in Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: civics, education, government

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