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March 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Minimum wage: Candidate for DelBene’s seat clears up stance

The Seattle Times article “GOP rival may push Rep. DelBene to tap Microsoft wealth again” [Local News, March 4] mistakenly asserts that I oppose an increase in the minimum wage. I am open to an increase in the minimum wage. What I do oppose are politically driven attempts to increase the minimum wage by an arbitrary…

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February 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Fight climate change to help those in poverty around the world

One point is often missing from arguments for fighting climate change: Reducing carbon emissions is one of the simplest ways that people in Seattle, and throughout the U.S., can help people living in poverty around the world [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. Greenhouse gases emitted here don’t stay here, they contribute to…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ben Conway, climate change, poverty

September 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Poverty and immigration in the United States

Immigration increases poverty For clearly good reasons, The Seattle Times has editorialized and covered poverty in this country and region well for many years. [“Column: SNAP and the GOP’s war on the poor,” Opinion, Sept. 24.] But it somehow misses a significant factor at work: circular poverty, the role immigration policy plays in it. We encourage…

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Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Bill 744, GOP, immigration

September 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Learn from it, and fix it Yes. Fix it! [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] But first, write about it so that the voters of the city and the state actually see what has been wrought since President Reagan claimed that we would provide better care to those confined in mental institutions…

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Comments | More in Economy, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: community, downtown seattle, homelessness

September 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Panhandling regulations

Columnist made false judgments How is it possible that someone who is intelligent enough to be a syndicated columnist can make such claims? [“Column: Putting the squeeze on panhandling,” Opinion, Sept, 1.] First of all, there’s this assumption: “ … a sign saying ‘homeless veteran’ (hardly ever the case) …” Did she count them, those “disheveled…

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Comments | More in homeless, Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: begging, homelessness, pandhandling

August 20, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Income inequality: heading toward “Elysium”

There is hope Is there no hope in slowing the march to “Elysium?” [“Column: Our present-day march toward ‘Elysium,’” Opinion, Aug. 18.] Fortunately, there are amazing ways the worst aspects of poverty are being fought today. Microfinance is helping millions leave poverty. Social business is creating jobs and solving problems from Bangladesh to Haiti to Sweden. The…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: dystopian, education, elysium

August 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Helping the homeless

Apathy toward growing problem While I wasn’t shocked at the city of Seattle’s decision to reject Nick Licata’s proposal, I was slightly thrown by some of the comments on the recent editorial on homelessness. [“Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.] I am starting to understand that there is widespread apathy in…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics, Seattle | Topics: homeless, housing, poverty

July 30, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Scaling the income ladder

Republican politics needed Lynne Varner’s column states that a number of factors drive success, or lack thereof, including education and family conditions and thriving communities and cities. [“Scaling the income ladder: the geography of success,” Opinion, July 26.] Varner’s solution is to break through barriers by offering better economic conditions to the parents of struggling, low-income…

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Comments | More in Economy | Topics: democrat, economic conditions, income ladder

July 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Hot dog contest winners

Item not worthy of reporting Given the annual press, radio and TV outpouring of requests for food donations for the homeless and hungry, it was ironic to see page-two coverage of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut consuming 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. [“Hot-dog winners,” Newsline, July 5.] Chestnut and the female winner, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, downed…

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Comments | Topics: hot-dog, hot-dog eating contest, hunger

April 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Food program is cut in half

Bring back funding When state and federal programs are cut because of sequestration or austerity, our entire society suffers [“Cuts to food program hurt hungry kids, educational goals,” Opinion, April 19]. As members of Bread for the World, we study the effects of hunger and poverty, and see the beneficial results when programs that help poor and…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: budget cuts, education, food program