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August 13, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Sequestration and the federal debt

Repeal the sequester The Seattle Times editorial board recently concluded that “sequestration was envisioned from the start as a punishment for being bullheaded, not as a solution.” [“Editorial: The roaring effects of federal budget cuts,” Opinion, Aug. 2.] As a member of The Can Kicks Back, the millennial outreach partner of the Campaign to Fix the…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: economy, federal debt, Sequester

July 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Spending cuts and the sequester

Congress has failed News coverage of the spending cuts mandated by the sequester will continue on into 2014, and perhaps longer. [“Bill Clinton: States need to be better budgeters,”, June 25.] Each time an article appears about the effects of the sequester, it would be helpful to include a sidebar reminding readers of why this…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: america, budget, Congress

March 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Seven Marines killed during warfare training

Sen. Harry Reid’s response inappropriate Have we become so calloused that when tragic events occur, nothing seems to faze us? Where is the outrage over the insensitive, outlandish remarks by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid? Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid had the gall to link the deaths of seven United States Marines [“U.S. bans mortar rounds…


Comments | More in Congress, Economy, military, Politics | Topics: Harry Reid, Sequester

March 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Sequestration means fiscal doom

Outrage is present I am responding to one sentence in Lance Dickie’s March 1 column, “Our fiscal Doomsday Machine” [Opinion]: “Outrage at the contagion of tax avoidance in this country would be welcome.” Well, I am outraged. I am outraged that tax policies, and tax avoidance (and evasion) by corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent continue…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Congress, Economy, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, Republicans, Sequester

March 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Obama, congressional leaders fail to stop automatic budget cuts

Priorities called into question On March 2, The Seattle Times rightly headlined in bold type on page one the news that the federal government sequestration budget cuts have been put into effect [“Nobody budged”]. As a result of the sequestration, numerous programs will be cut that are crucial in helping people climb out of poverty…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Federal government, Politics | Topics: Sequester, Sequestration

March 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

No compromise made in sequester; budget cuts kick in

Sequester will prove damaging for the arts Thanks to the Oscars and my wife’s extensive library, I started reading “Life of Pi.” Yann Martel is brilliant, even to the point of writing an incredible preface. I was struck by the closing words in his author’s notes; “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we…


Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Sequester, Sequestration

March 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Work around sequester gimmick

Solutions for ‘unsustainable’ programs? The Seattle Times editorial said that we must consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because the aging of the population has made these programs unsustainable [“Avoid sequester gimmick,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. My question is: And what? We just let them die? Let them starve and turn them away from our…


Comments | More in Health care, Social services | Topics: Medicaid, Medicare, Sequester

February 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Negative response grows as sequester nears

Reliance on federal funding may need to end Monday’s Seattle Times article “Stalemate in D.C. may cost state millions in federal aid” [page one, Feb. 25] predicts a disaster for our state. Hundreds of teacher layoffs, thousands of children losing vaccinations, child care, college help and Head Start. Loss of cancer screening, cuts in health…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Congress, Politics | Topics: House of Representatives, President Barack Obama, Sequester

February 26, 2013 at 7:01 AM

$85 billion set to be cut in ‘Sequestration’

Cuts not substantive Allow me to shed a different light on this upcoming sequestration nonsense [“Threat of $85 billion in cuts is about to become a reality,” News, Feb. 24]. Let’s put it in perspective. The politicians are coming unglued because we might have to cut $85 billion out of a federal budget of $3.803…


Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Federal budget, foreign aid, Sequester