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September 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

McCleary case: Should the Supreme Court hold voters in contempt?

The problem is that the state Supreme Court found that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund education, even with its latest $1 billion increase. [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion, Sept. 1]. The Legislature has a duty to represent the people, who recently…

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September 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

McCleary case: Former governors meddling in judiciary branch

I was disappointed to read the guest column from two former governors, Chris Gregoire and John Spellman, presuming to tell the Washington Supreme Court how to rule on whether the state is meeting its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion,…

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September 3, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Supreme Court: Justices overstepping on McCleary

The nine state Supreme Court justices are overstepping the boundaries of our democratic form of government, when they usurp the powers of the Legislature, under the pretense of enforcing the McCleary decision [“State Supreme Court should be cautious in McCleary school-funding case,” Opinion, Aug. 30]. The 147 elected legislative members answer directly to the electorate…

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September 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Failing school letters: Citizens also failing students

Educational policy rather than legislators can certainly be held responsible for failing-school letters. [“No Child Left Behind and failing schools,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 30]. However, so can the Washington state citizens who continue to hide from the reality of the need for a reliable source of revenue to provide what we expect from our government. Closing…

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August 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mental health: Some worthy legislative fixes

The problem of a shortage of care is particularly challenging for community-health clinics, which are experiencing major increases in patient demand as a result of Medicaid expansion this year [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17]. Before funding was cut, the student loan repayment program was a vital and successful tool for recruiting into…

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July 26, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Ethics probe may end free lunches for Washington legislators

System needs to change I am the citizen who filed that complaint with the Legislative Ethics Board. [“State ethics probe may revamp rules on gifts to legislators,” page one, July 23.] I submitted the complaint out of frustration when I learned some of our state legislators were being well-fed by lobbyists. Meanwhile, other legislators were voting…

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