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November 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Animals in captivity: Echoes of Woodland Park Zoo elephants in caged UW monkeys

Kudos to The Seattle Times editorial board for trumpeting a clarion call to the Woodland Park Zoo on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo’s elephants [“Mayor and City Council should ensure elephants don’t end up in another zoo,” Opinion, Nov. 19]. The Times handed Seattle City Council members an electoral mandate: ensure…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Mitzi Simmons, monkeys

October 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

UW innovation: Don’t lose sight of academic goals by building new buildings

I applaud UW President Michael Young’s vision for the role of the University of Washington in a shining technological future [“How the University of Washington plans to lead Puget Sound innovation,” Opinion, Oct. 16]. However, the liability to which we are all subject, gazing consistently upward as we do, is that we tend to lose track…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: academics, education, Michael Young

September 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

High-speed Internet: If it’s a public service, require public programming

As The Times editorial on high-speed Internet emphasizes, “As efforts to develop publicly owned networks have failed, competition between multiple providers seems the best way to improve service. Service boxes are really no different from old fashioned utility poles. If they are the price of cutting-edge service, then full speed ahead.” [“Full speed…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: CenturyLink, high-speed Internet, Marc Pease

September 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Climate change: Modify models when new data come along

Former University of Washington scientists found that “An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast” was not mostly caused by human activity [“Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming,” Local News, Sept. 22]. Researcher Jim Johnstone concluded, “The winds have changed in a manner that…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, global warming, Steven Adler

August 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

State medical school: Look for other sources of primary care

What we need is a new primary-care school [“Washington state needs another medical school,” Opinion, Aug. 13]. Primary care does not have to be done by physicians. And since reimbursements and salaries are much higher for medical specialists than they are for primary-care people, training more physicians would not likely improve the primary-care shortages…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Frank K. Mitchell, health care, medical school

June 25, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Electric cars: Good progress, now it’s time to charge ahead

Last week University of Washington students came in second place in a national competition to transform a stock car into a hybrid vehicle [“UW students take 2nd place in hybrid-car competition,” The Today File, June 20]. Their victory over a dozen other colleges in the EcoCAR 2 challenge underlines the technological revolution that is helping…

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Comments | More in Electric vehicles | Topics: EcoCAR 2, electric cars, Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

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…

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

May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would support a student; encourage the economy instead

$15 would support a student, and many others As a high-school student about to graduate, I believe the change in the minimum wage to $15 would be highly effective for all residents in the Seattle [“New poll shows big support for $15 minimum wage,” Local News, May 14]. This new poll that shows big…

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Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Annette Alt, businesses

January 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Education: Closing the achievement gap, funding education, an institute of technology

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

How to close the achievement gap

Schools face growing expectations and cannot alone ensure the future success of our state’s students, especially struggling students who need additional supports to thrive academically and in all areas of life. The Seattle Times’ editorials on education priorities for the 2014 legislative session was correct to include expanded learning opportunities, partnerships, summer learning and culturally responsive instruction as key strategies to close the achievement gap [“Targeting education,” Opinion, Jan. 5].

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, STEM, University of Washington

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