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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

August 8, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Balancing the U.S. tax code

Corporations need to pay I really appreciated reading Deana Knutsen’s guest column on remaking the U.S. tax code without hurting health care. [“Bring balance to U.S. tax code,” Opinion, Aug. 7.] She hits on a key question: When assessing our tax structure, what kind of legacy will we leave for future generations? Under our current tax system,…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: coporations, revenue, Sequestration

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…


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

April 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Flight delays increase due to FAA budget cuts

Raise ticket prices Sequestration requires the Federal Aviation Administration to cut its budget by $637 million [“Some flight delays over FAA budget cuts,” News, April 23]. Since America’s airlines carried 736 million passengers last year, here’s a radical idea for the Congress to debate for the next 10 years: Raise the price of a ticket a…


Comments | Topics: budget cuts, Congress, FAA

March 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Local advocates from ‘Hutch,’ UW lobby on sequestration cuts in D.C.

Groups should be more creative So John Clark, chairman of biological structure department at the University of Washington School of Medicine, fears sequestration may force him to lay off just one researcher from his lab [“ ‘Hutch,’ UW descend on D.C. to lobby on sequestration cuts,” NWMonday, March 25]? I have two suggestions: Humbly submit a…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Federal government, Seattle, University of Washington | Topics: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Sequestration

March 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Budget cuts affect diverse range of programs

Cuts to Head Start will affect families, society I have a child enrolled in the Virginia Searls Head Start program located in Bothell. I think making a 5 percent budget reduction to Head Start will be harmful for a lot of families that can’t provide preschool education [“How budget cuts could affect you,”, March…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Children, Education, Federal government | Topics: Head Start, Sequestration

March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Budget cuts mean no more White House tours

Appreciation of history is more important than a vacation The Seattle Times reported that President Obama has canceled all tours of the White House as a result of staffing reductions prompted by the sequester, tours that are overseen by Secret Service personnel [“No more White House tours, thanks to budget cuts,”, March 6]. Yet…


Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, budget cuts, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, Sequestration, The White House

March 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM

No agreement in federal government leads to automatic budget cuts

Deficit should be dealt with on micro level I am no fan of the sequester: Some of the programs cut by it are vital programs that should never have been touched [“Nobody budged,” page one, March 2]. But seeking a grand bargain is a recipe for a long, drawn-out battle, and will probably entail numerous capitulations…


Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Congress, Economy, Federal government | Topics: federal deficit, Sequestration

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…


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