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June 23, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Frank Blethen: When we fail to educate our children we are destined for failure

Editor’s note: Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen gave a commencement speech to City University of Seattle on Saturday about the importance of education. His prepared remarks are below the video.

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Congratulations on your degree!

What a wonderful accomplishment.

This will be one of the major determinants of your future.

This seminal step in your life is an important beginning. The beginning of the lifelong learning essential to maintain your economic and intellectual health in today’s uncertain and ever-changing world.

One hundred years ago, a high school education was our country’s primary path to a better life.

Fifty years ago, that path began to also require post-secondary education or technical training.

Today, a baccalaureate degree and life-long learning are essential.

In the future, two-thirds of new jobs will require a college degree.

How ironic that our state’s shameful disinvestment in higher education has resulted in 20,000 well-paid, high-skilled jobs going unfilled at this very moment, while our state’s wealth and opportunity gaps grow.

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Comments | Topics: Education, Frank Blethen

June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

What was your first minimum wage job? These were ours.

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Seattle has made history with this week’s approval of a $15 minimum wage schedule, phased in over a few years with different schedules for different sized businesses. The world, judging from from this editorial in the Oregonian and this blog in The Guardian,  is either marveling or criticizing the audacity of the action.

The interesting thing about the Seattle minimum-wage debate is that it became a debate about a livable wage. The value underpinning the proposal is that a worker should be able to support themselves independently on the minimum wage.

That prompted an interesting conversation among our Opinion department staff members about our first jobs. None of us stayed in those jobs, using education to advance our careers, but all were useful helping to pay for college or educational travel. Here are our first jobs. What was yours? Please tell us in the comment section.

Frank Blethen, publisher: Grocery bag boy at Bashas Family Grocery  in Arizona for 95 cents an hour. We had to endure

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Comments | Topics: Erik Smith, first jobs, Frank Blethen

May 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Publisher Frank Blethen reflects on Billy Frank Jr.’s passing

One black eye in The Seattle Times’ 117-year history is our coverage of minorities through the years. Most troublesome for me was the coverage of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Things began to improve slowly after the Vietnam War debacle. Billy Frank Jr. and our focus on the treatment of Indian fishing…

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Comments | Topics: Billy Frank Jr., fishing rights, Frank Blethen