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January 3, 2015 at 10:34 PM

What’s your priority for the state Legislature this session?

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…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, Legislature, medical marijuana

December 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Inslee’s budget: New taxes hurt employers

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…

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Comments | More in Budget | Topics: business, ecology, Gov. Jay Inslee

December 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I-405 traffic: Ideas for fixes

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…

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Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: I-405, Jim Morris, mass-transit

October 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Seattle congestion woes: Keep the viaduct to ease congestion

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…

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Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: Charles Larkin, congestion, Highway 99 tunnel

October 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Monorail ballot measure: Maglev trains would be the better solution

Seattle’s existing monorail line currently travels from Seattle Center to Westlake Center. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

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 would

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: Citizens Petition No. 1, light rail, maglex

June 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Traffic gridlock: Seattle will pay for viaduct decision

A two-vehicle crash in Seattle on East Marginal Way South near South Nevada Street led to the closure of Highway 99 for hours Tuesday. (HEATHER TRIMM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

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 have

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, highway 99, Interstate 5

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