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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

July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Include term limits in public financing

Cynicism and disgust are my conclusions after reading that the Seattle City Council decided to defer the ballot measure for public financing, to a time when the public could more easily be swayed to approve it [“Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot,” Politics Northwest, June 30]. (The measure was…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: campaigns, elections, public financing

June 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Seattle police reforms: Walk a mile in police officers’ shoes first

In Stephen K. Rice and Karen Collins Rice’s guest column on changing the Seattle Police Department’s culture they ask, “How have I contributed to, or detracted from, success?” ["How to change the culture of the Seattle Police Department," Opinion, June 20]. I have one suggestion to the writers, as well as to City Council…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Karen Collins Rice, police, Richard Askren

June 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Use inclusionary zoning to preserve affordable housing

William Brown / Op Art

Guest columnists David Bloom and John Fox hit the nail on the head [“Where is affordability and livability in the rush to build more housing?” Opinion, May 30].

Developers need to do more to stymie displacement in this city, and the answer is mandatory inclusionary zoning. Housing projects are regularly approved that demolish affordable units and replace them with high-end units — and that’s putting a squeeze on middle-income and working families. Too few units have been

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Seattle City Council

April 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Gender wage gap: Family leave important for gender parity

I commend The Seattles Times’ editorial board for calling upon the city to pay women equal wages for equal work in the editorial “Gender wage gap persists; city should provide equal pay” [Opinion, April 11]. I was surprised, however, by the recommendation for increasing women’s access to training instead of advocating for the City…

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Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: gender equity, Jane Oliphant, Seattle City Council

March 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Seattle wall signs are historic, not eyesores

As an architectural historian and Seattle resident, I was very disappointed to read of the bill before Seattle’s City Council that would ban wall signage [“Signs save historic buildings,” Opinion, March 19].

Anyone who takes the time to look back at historic images of Seattle or any other American city for that matter, will see that wall signage has always been present. A large corporation like Verizon pays for advertising on a building that provides affordable office space to start-up businesses, allowing it to remain financially viable; that is a great and uncommon economic loop of support.

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Comments | More in Architecture | Topics: architecture, Seattle City Council, Seattle signage

March 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Ridesharing: Alternatives to taxis pushing the envelope

Uberx, Lyft, and Sidecar are certainly not using Seattle as a “chance to test their new technologies” [”City oversight won’t kill ride-service innovators,” Business / Technology, March 3]. They are already doing business in dozens of cities in the U.S. and around the world. Brier Dudley portrays the lobbying by rideshare companies as a…

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Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Brier Dudley, David Chapin, Lyft

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