The Times’ low opinion of voters’ ability to make sound judgments on ballot measures is once again on full display [“Voter initiatives need to include funding balance,” Opinion, Jan. 26]. Leaving budget-related decisions solely to the discretion of politicians in Olympia is not always the best answer. I did not support Initiative 1351 for…More
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Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have struggled to balance the needs of the state with the available resources. And now they are held in contempt by the court because there are not enough resources [“Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding,” Politics Northwest, Sept. 11]. The people of Washington should direct their…More
The problems with the state ferry system can be traced back to a single source: Tim Eyman [“Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system,” Local News, Aug. 19]. The people of this state blindly followed his dismantling of the state highway funding source. You want quality people, from deckhands through management, to…More
I was amused when reading Danny Westneat’s column concerning Tim Eyman’s initiatives [“Tim Eyman losing support, money from business,” Local News, July 8]. The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) was created following the passage of an initiative. Qualifying an initiative for the ballot was brutally difficult then too, but it was done with volunteers. Now I…More
Regarding recent coverage of student debt in The Times and in many other publications, it is interesting that nothing is said about the root cause of the problem [“Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt,” Nation & World, June 9]. When my father attended college in Washington state in the 1930s, the taxpayers…More
The Seattle Times’ editorial opposing Proposition 1 is extremely disappointing [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. I don’t have space to address all the distortions, so I will pick just one: The reason Metro is in bad financial shape is ignored in the…More
Both have a negative impact on the intelligent
After reading the article outlining the efforts of Alan Gottlieb and his Second Amendment Foundation, I was struck by similarities to another publicity seeking activist in our state: professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman [“Gun-rights sharpshooter,” page one, Nov. 18].
Both could be labeled mercenaries in their zeal to cash in on their skills at manipulating both the legal system and the slow or uneducated members of our society. Both have an outsized negative impact on intelligent and informed discourse on the subjects with which their organizations concern themselves.
Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party How can Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray say the state Supreme Court’s overturning the two-thirds voting requirement protects us from the tyranny of the minority [“Raising taxes gets easier — and politically harder,” page one, March 1]? The voters last November approved it by 64…More
The pot and the kettle Tim Eyman called Jay Inslee “a lying whore” [“GOP: Eyman’s remark to Gov. Inslee uncalled for,” NWFriday, Feb. 22]. Is this the same Tim Eyman who lied to us back in 2002 by saying that he worked for free but he was actually paying himself handsomely from campaign donations? Eyman defined…More