Follow us:

Opinion Northwest

Join the informed writers of The Times' editorial board in lively discussions at our blog, Opinion Northwest.

Topic: Department of Social and Health Services

You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.

April 12, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Rising disability rolls reflect bitter reality for rural counties

When time limits and work requirements were mandated by welfare reform, I often heard about long-term welfare recipients seeking to leave the new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for permanent disability status. At the time, I covered poverty in depressed backwoods counties of Northeast Washington, and saw how disability seemed a logical lifeline for…

More

0 Comments | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, disability, welfare

March 1, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Obama re-election, Sandy Hook provoked flood of gun buyer checks in Washington

Emergence of a well-funded gun control group this week made me wonder about a rumored boom in recent gun sales. More than a rumor: the Department of Social and Health Services, which checks for serious psychiatric history during a gun-buyer background check, can barely keep up with the workload, according to spokesman Thomas Shapley. (Decoder for…

More

0 Comments | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, gun control