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February 2, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Voter initiatives: Don’t disenfranchise voters

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…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Gary Larson, Initiative 1351, initiatives

September 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

McCleary decision: Blame Tim Eyman for our funding woes

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edward Roe, Legislature, McCleary decision

August 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

State ferries: Eyman to blame for ferry woes

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…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: highways, Paul Gotz, taxes

July 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tim Eyman’s fade: PDC could use more money

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…


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Danny Westneat, Miriam Helgeland, Public Disclosure Commission

June 10, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Student debt: We’ve broken the covenant for future generations

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…


Comments | More in Student debt | Topics: student debt, tea party, Tim Eyman

April 9, 2014 at 5:59 AM

King County Prop. 1: Metro forced into limited revenue options

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…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: king county metro, Melanie Mayock, Proposition 1

November 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Gottlieb and Eyman are manipulators of the legal system

Alan Gottlieb, seen in his Bellevue, Wash. office, Oct. 16 is the founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation.  (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)

Alan Gottlieb, seen in his Bellevue, Wash. office, Oct. 16 is the founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)

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.


Comments | More in government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Tim Eyman

March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

State Supreme Court ends two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases

Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party While responding to Thursday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court that requiring two-thirds vote by the Legislature to raise taxes was unconstitutional, Sen. Pam Roach, center, wears her thoughts on her shirt. Amber Carter, left, director of tax policies for the Association of Washington Businesses…


Comments | More in Politics, Taxes | Topics: Sen. Ed Murray, Tim Eyman, two-thirds vote requirement

February 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

GOP asks Tim Eyman to apologize to Gov. Jay Inslee

The pot and the kettle Tim Eyman called Gov. Jay Inslee a “lying whore” in an email referencing Inslee’s proposed transportation-related tax increases. State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur has since asked Eyman to apologize. (AARON JAFFE/THE SEATTLE TIMES) Tim Eyman called Jay Inslee “a lying whore” [“GOP: Eyman’s remark to Gov. Inslee uncalled for,” NWFriday, Feb….


Comments | More in Politics, Taxes | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Tim Eyman, Washington state taxes