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October 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Choose a different day than Columbus Day

On Oct. 6, the Seattle City Council unanimously declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle, and encouraged other institutions to recognize the Day — reaffirming the city’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community [“Seattle council faces backlash from…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Italian Americans, Joseph Grande

October 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Indigenous People’s Day: Not all Italians support Columbus Day celebrations

Those supposed leaders in the Italian-American community who oppose Indigenous People’s Day on the same day as Columbus Day do not speak for all of us of Italian descent ["‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight," Local News, Oct. 9]. They certainly don’t speak for me. I, and many others, agree wholeheartedly with the long-overdue…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Kshama Sawant

October 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: City Council has more pressing issues

Instead of trying to rewrite a perceived long-ago historical global injustice, perhaps our City Council should focus on present and future Seattle problems for which we elected and pay them, such as inadequate infrastructure, crime, income disparity and rising rents ["Holiday to honor indigenous people? Seattle council to vote," Local News, Oct. 5]. Changing Columbus Day…

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Comments | More in Seattle City Council | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, John Bellavia

October 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Affordable housing: Greater supply doesn’t equal affordability

The editorial “How to Keep Housing Affordable: Build More” [Opinion, Sept. 29] failed to address several key issues. It is the destruction of affordable housing by developers that most directly impacts current residents. The widespread conversion of older apartments into upscale condos or rentals is driven by investor greed, without pity for the residential…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, David Yao, Seattle City Council

September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle ["Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing," Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: apodments, Bob Palmer, Eastlake

September 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Reproductive rights: Praise for the Seattle City Council

As someone who moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Seattle five years ago I was disappointed, though not shocked, to read the article “Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period” [Nation & World, Sept. 11]. I am proud, however, that Seattle City Council members voted unanimously in support of repealing the Hyde Amendment’s ban on…

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Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Hyde Amendment, Kansas City, Mo.

September 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Columbus Day: City Council should change holiday

Activists for the substitution of Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day pressed City Council Tuesday to a vote [“Seattle City Council delays vote on Indigenous Day,” Local News, Sept. 2]. It would seem like an opportunity to rectify a misromanticized portion of our nation’s history. But I wonder whether substitution would correct it. Schools and…

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Comments | Topics: native american, Seattle City Council

July 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Seattle Prop. 1: District would create unbridled board without accountability

I would like to voice my opinion on the proposed Seattle Park District [“Seattle’s Proposition 1 is not the last resort for parks,” Opinion, July 22]. In my opinion, this is a very bad idea that the voters should reject. I support and use Seattle parks, and I agree that they need help and…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: parks, Seattle City Council, Seattle Park District

July 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Prop. 1 for a parks district: Not the right funding plan

A bicyclist rides around the north end of Green Lake Park early on a fall morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times was right in its editorial on the proposed Seattle Parks District [“The Times recommends to reject Prop. 1, Seattle’s Park District measure,” Opinion, July 8]. I, and many others, believe this is a bad choice, as I have said to the City Council.

I would be glad to vote for an increased levy over the mayor’s plan.

There will be other levies on the ballot. Many homeowners might not be able to

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Leonard Larson, Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks

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