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July 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

President’s visit: An idea on how to ease traffic in the future

As I was waiting for traffic to clear during the president’s visit, I came upon the idea of using the Museum of Flight as a venue for solving the financial crisis of fundraisers for candidates in the Northwest ["Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers," Local News, July 22]. Our museum is a flamboyant display…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: fundraisers, Mark Wilson, Museum of Flight

June 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Obama’s ocean preserve: Crucial Bering Sea habitat excluded

Our oceans are incredible sources of food and wonderment, and connect us all worldwide. I’m writing in response to the article “Obama Announces Plan for Oceans,” [Nation & World, June 17] which is about the creation of the world’s largest ocean reserve. The article states the Obama administration is carrying out steps to protect…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Bering Sea, Cheyenne Kallinen-Camelio, Gov. Jay Inslee

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….

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

June 13, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Student debt: Debt forgiveness disincentives individuals

I am writing in outrage at President Obama’s proposal to give “free” money to voluntary debtors ["Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt," Nation and World, June 9]. Just like the prior student loan-forgiveness program, it would unilaterally modify contracts between private parties, who have voluntarily agreed to a loan-and-repayment contract. It applies retroactively…

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Comments | More in Student debt | Topics: college, President Obama, Rick Peterson

June 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Climate change: can’t afford inaction; China and India will continue to pollute

We can’t afford inaction

Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change. which affects weather, including superstorms, droughts and wildfires ["Obama’s coal plan catches up with climate policy in Olympia," Opinion, June 4]. We, in Washington state, are vulnerable to all of these effects. The EPA regulation of power plants is a major effort to address climate change because power plants are among the largest sources of carbon pollution.

Because emissions of carbon dioxide are “free” under current economic systems, they have been dumping unlimited carbon pollution without regard to the costs. Washington is starting to address this issue by shutting down coal burning at the Centralia power plant.

But we cannot address it alone. We also receive coal-generated electricity from Montana, and addressing climate change requires a nationwide control of carbon emissions.

Costs of inaction are not something that Washington can afford. Impacts such as forest fires and acidification of the ocean are already costly, and the snowpack will likely decline to the point that agriculture will be severely affected.

William McPherson, Seattle

China and India will continue to pollute

President Obama’s proposed EPA coal power plant reduction policies are

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Centralia, climate change, coal

June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Bowe Bergdahl’s release sets a bad precedent

Is a hero coming home or a deserter? It seems we can’t quite yet entirely be sure [“Officials: Threat to Bergdahl’s life led to action,” Nation & World, June 5]. Though, one would think, you better be when you’re prepared to trade a potent group of Taliban associates — each of whom would not…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan | Topics: Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Michael E. White

April 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Ukraine: Obama is miscalculating the threat from Russia

The Seattle Times editorial reflects the same naivete the Obama administration has in calculating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tactical and strategic interests in Ukraine [“All eyes on May 25 presidential election in Ukraine,” Opinion, April 21]. I guarantee “all eyes” are not on this election. And short of electing a pro-Russian leader (not very…

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Comments | More in Ukraine | Topics: President Obama, russia, Ukraine

April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Obama’s race: Racial bias not common among conservative groups

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” ["Race and Obama news coverage," Opinion, April 20]. It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer: As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: conservatives, John Cartmell, Leonard Pitts Jr.

January 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

State of the Union: Climate change, Ukraine important parts of speech

How climate change could have factored more prominently It was heartening to hear the president of the United States declare forcefully that climate change is real and a pressing moral responsibility [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28]. It was encouraging to hear him advocate an end to oil company subsidies, greater…

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Comments | More in State of the Union | Topics: climate change, Davis Oldham, Joseph Grant

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