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August 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Psychiatric boarding: Only option in ‘no-win’ situation

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

An opportunity to lead was denied in favor of chest thumping and a bit of closing irony [“Finally, an end to ‘boarding’ of psychiatric patients,” Opinion, Aug. 7].

What responsibility will our Supreme Court take when a newly freed mentally ill individual commits our worst nightmare? Will the justices reach out to the victims, their families, the myriad mental-health workers who

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: mental health, Psychiatric boarding, Robert Ott

August 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Open courts: Protect tenants over public-records dogma

The Times’ recent praise of a state Supreme Court decision that effectively prohibits redaction of innocent tenants’ names from an online court index was misguided [“Open-court issues in the spotlight,” Opinion, July 26]. Two faultless tenants have an eviction lawsuit filing on their permanent records even though the lawsuit against them was dismissed…

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Comments | More in State Supreme Court | Topics: Benjamin Haslam, Housing Justice Project, Leona Bratz

July 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Court secrecy: Privacy rights best determined by the Legislature

The Seattle Times provided a good discussion regarding the litigants in state court proceedings who seek to keep their identities from public disclosure [“Open-court issues in the spotlight with state Supreme Court ruling,” Opinion, July 27].  As The Times noted, the state Supreme Court arrived at the correct decision regarding the Burien tenants…

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Comments | More in courts | Topics: court secrecy, David Voyles, Legislature

June 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary: Cut subsidies instead of cutting some education funding

State lawmakers have admitted they failed to follow the state Supreme Court’s order to fund our children’s education [“Supreme Court menaces lawmakers on McCleary, education funding,” Opinion, June 16]. This was after the court originally found lawmakers in violation of our state’s Constitution back in 2012. Our children’s future can’t wait any longer. Do Democrats…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, McCleary decision, state Constitution

May 2, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Court secrecy necessary to protect the innocent

The guest column “The return to secrecy in the courts?” [Opinion, April 30] warns us that the state Supreme Court is considering a change that would allow the identities of defendants in criminal cases to be concealed. The column begins by describing three criminal convictions: one for sexual harassment and retaliation, one for a college’s shoddy…

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Comments | More in courts | Topics: judicial secrecy, Robert and Susan Stanton, state supreme court

March 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Justice Jim Johnson represented the importance of alternative views

Thank you for stating an often overlooked fact in your editorial “The loss of Supreme Court justice Jim Johnson’s lonely, conservative voice” [Opinion, March 21]. Without the voice of dissent we are left with a herd mentality for solving important issues facing local, state and federal governments. To debate and resolve these important issues,…

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Comments | More in State Supreme Court | Topics: Gerry Bowlby, Justice Jim Johnson, state supreme court

September 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

State supreme court rejects Freeman’s light-rail prevention bid

Tantrum of the rich In a recent article in The Seattle Times, Kemper Freeman Jr.’s transportation adviser, Bruce Nurse, attributes the bid loss to battle fatigue “from fighting the government.” [“Court rejects Freeman’s bid to prevent light rail on I-90,” NW Friday, Sept. 13.] This is an example of the extreme arrogance of a member of…

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: kemper freeman jr., lawsuit, light rail