The Washington Legislature convenes Jan. 12 for its 2015 legislative session. The Seattle Times editorial board published its priorities to focus lawmakers on the big tasks ahead. The No. 1 priority is education, followed by transportation, medical marijuana excesses and a failing state mental-heatlh system. What are your priorities for the Legislature? Why? Fill…More
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Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed three new taxes, and the repeal of five other tax breaks [“‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes,” Local News, Dec. 18]. All these taxes directly impact employers. Apparently, Inslee hasn’t noticed that the unemployment rate is around 6 percent, while neighboring Idaho’s has…More
The question “why is it so bad?” is easy to answer but hard to fix [“I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays,” Local News, Dec. 21]. Politics: The problem with this state is its division of need. Eastern Washington could not, wrongfully, care less about Western Washington’s needs. The intrastate commerce is at…More
In regard to “Regional commute times worsen” [Local News, Oct 20], there is one, maybe only one, measure that far-sighted planners interested in truly alleviating the problem of impending grid lock might take: Continue theHighway 99 tunnel project, but stop the removal of the viaduct and rebuild or retrofit what remains. During the planning…More
I oppose monorail. [“Reject ballot measure to expand monorail,” Opinion, Oct. 6]. I have ridden trains around the world — monorails, subways, light rail, cable cars and even funiculars. I have studied and compared them. I conclude that monorail is not the solution. It is an old technology. It runs on truck tires.
But light rail is not the solution either, especially for the Ballard-West Seattle route. It wouldMore
I very much enjoyed reading your article “Feet First” [page one, Aug. 28]. The message I got from this article was that walking should be one of the top ways to commute to work. I agree with this message. By having more people walk as their commute, it helps with global warming and gives the…More
If bicyclists would decide to follow the rules for pedestrians or for vehicles, there would be much less confusion on the roads. There are many intersections in Seattle where, as a driver, I don’t know what to expect from a bike rider who is either beside me or across the street from me [“Cyclist…More
The death of that young cyclist is a tragedy [“Cyclist killed days before city to upgrade notorious bike lane,” Local News, Aug. 29]. Mixing cars, bikes, trucks, buses, trolleys, light rail and pedestrians in the same overcrowded, clogged transportation system is a recipe for disaster. Our city has reacted by making our streets a…More
I read with interest the story in The Seattle Times concerning the traffic gridlock resulting from an automobile collision south of the West Seattle Bridge that tied up traffic for well over six hours last Tuesday [“City’s layout can put Seattle one crash away from gridlock,” Local News, June 11].
Without going into whether the event could haveMore
Apparently, you can take Seattle Mayor Ed Murray out of the state Senate, but you can’t take the state Senate out of Mayor Murray [“Seattle mayor opposes push to raise city property taxes for transit, will offer own plan,” Local News, May 8]. He needs to quit thinking like a legislator, and govern like…More