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September 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun initiative I-594: Western Washington’s overreach

The initiative to expand background checks on gun sales on the ballot this fall in Washington (Initiative 594) is being supported by Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer with huge contributions [“The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594,” Politics Northwest, Sept. 9]. As if I needed more reasons…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bill and Melinda Gates, gun control, gun rights

August 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Steve Ballmer, Lakeside basketball show still ways to go on diversity, equity

As a former varsity basketball player at Lakeside School, I know what it’s like to play on a team that doesn’t win many games [“With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules,” Local News, Aug. 16]. It’s no fun, but it’s a lot better than having Steve Ballmer use it as a…


Comments | Topics: diversity, high school sports, steve ballmer

August 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Lakeside basketball: Part of a trend of forgoing students’ futures

Steve Ballmer, center, and Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, left, play basketball with youths at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club as part of the A PLUS Youth Program. Hobson had met Ballmer in the mid-2000s and had led workouts with Ballmer’s oldest son. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times, 2011)

The Steve Ballmer crusade at Lakeside School to buy athletics success at the high school level leaves me feeling incredibly sad [“With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules,” Local News, Aug. 17]. As a society, we have corrupted so many of the ideals and institutions that create opportunities for individuals to better themselves.

As an academic surgeon at the UW, I have witnessed continued erosion of academic standards in


Comments | More in Sports | Topics: athletics, Lakeside School, Marc Coltrera

August 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft

Columnist is cynical Rarely does Paul Krugman compliment any businessman or company for its success. [“Column: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer and the decline of e-empires,” Opinion, Aug. 27.] Microsoft was under brutal attack by the Justice Department only a couple of years ago. The result was the competitive forces of the mainly free marketplace leveled things out. Krugman…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: company, economics, Microsoft