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October 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Western drought: Pump Northwest water to states in need

With California in serious drought, and likely to remain chronically short of fresh water, I think a pipeline from the Northwest to California should be seriously considered [“More drought forecast next year across West,” Nation & World, Sept. 21]. Every year, the rivers in the Northwest send billions of gallons water into the Pacific…

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Comments | More in Drought | Topics: California, drought, oregon

September 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

College cuts: State politics are dysfunctional

Danny Westneat’s column “College presidents hiss at cuts” [Local News, Sept. 10] prompted me to finally realize that the government in this state is just about as dysfunctional as that in D.C. I consider education to be critical not only for today but for the future of Washington. It seems we, through our supposed…

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Comments | More in government | Topics: Danny Westneat, State government, Thomas Westman

October 24, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Medical-marijuana patients must be considered

Government must consider needs of marijuana patients in new legislation I read the article in The Seattle Times on what lawmakers are looking to do to regulate legal cannabis outlets come next year. And I just saw red [“State pot officials can exhale as rules get the OK,” page one, Oct. 17]. What I’m most concerned about…

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Comments | More in government, Marijuana | Topics: medical marijuana, washington

September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

A commercial experiment Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.] This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or…

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Comments | More in Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: crops, food, genetically-engineered

September 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

New Seattle law allows more charter schools

Charter schools are not a threat The state voted to permit 40 new charter schools over the next five years. [“Rigorous process ahead for charter schools,” Opinion, Sept. 25.] That is eight schools a year. The state’s teachers union is suing to overturn the law. Couldn’t that money be used more effectively by the schools? Eight charter…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, education, Teachers union

September 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

The right to know The Seattle Times has recently published some articles about Initiative 522, the initiative on labeling food products that contain GMOs (genetically engineered organisms) on the upcoming ballot in Washington state. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] After reading all these articles, I have even more concerns about what…

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Comments | More in Environment, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: foods, genetically-engineered, gmo

September 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Here comes the circus

Don’t promote animal cruelty Here we go again. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey circus is coming to ShoWare Arena in Kent and the Comcast Arena at Everett in October. Has no one read about the abuse that goes on in the circus toward wild animals, forcing them to perform? This abuse is a widely-known fact and…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: animal cruelty, circus, washington

September 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Mental illness and violence in Seattle and D.C.

Focus on mental health Recent headlines regarding Aaron Alexis and Donnell D. Jackson have the same conclusions. [“Red flags before D.C. gunman’s first shot,” page one, Sept. 18,] and [“Fatal-stabbing suspect was ordered to mental hospital,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.] The two men both had serious mental-health problems and, evidently, they were not getting the…

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Comments | More in Mental illness, Politics | Topics: aaron alexis, d.c., donnel d. jackson

September 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

13 dead in mass shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard

Sadly not stunned I was struck by the headline in Tuesday’s paper that described our capital as “stunned” by the mass shooting at the Navy Yard, since being stunned usually implies that one does not expect something to have happened. [“Killing spree stuns nation’s capital,” page one, Sept. 17.] We are the nation that could not…

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Comments | More in Gun control, Politics | Topics: aaron alexis, d.c., navy yard

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