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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
Congratulations to the UW for its creative research involving gamers to find a way to stop Ebola [“Gamers helping UW in Ebola research,” Local News, Aug. 25]. This is part of a long game that can help in the future fight against global epidemics. Another piece of the puzzle is being worked on by Gavi,…More
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…More
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…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
$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…More
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].