Climate change: Cost of inaction is too high

In his recent guest opinion piece (“State and city climate policy is mired in symbolism,” Opinion, June 27) Todd Myers characterizes Seattle and Washington’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution as merely “symbolic.” While there is still much work to do and the author is correct that we didn’t meet an important goal, Seattle’s numbers tell...

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High fire danger: Celebrate the holiday at a community fireworks display

After reading about the horrible Sleepy Hollow fire ["Residents return to 'war zone' in wake of Wenatchee wildfire," Front Page, June 29), my only question is, what firefighter in the western U.S. isn't wary of Fourth of July fireworks? Here on Vashon, we are bone dry. When you drive up Vashon Highway, midway up the...

Land conservation is good for business

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects our country’s public lands that create economic opportunities for small businesses, is set to expire in fewer than 100 days unless lawmakers act quickly to reauthorize it . Small-business owners understand the connection between the preservation of public lands and their bottom lines. National parks...

Climate change: Plans that even conservatives can support

Todd Myers’ guest column “Climate policy mired in symbolism” , offers a reasonable critique of recent climate action in our state. However, Myers does little to suggest what measures would be effective for the state to implement to meaningfully address climate change. I’m surprised that he (representing the well-to-the-right Washington Policy Center) doesn’t mention a...

Explaining opposition the Affordable Care Act

Many Republicans and other Americans have always been against the Affordable Care Act . This is not because they’re mean-spirited ogres who don’t want poor people to have health care but because the law is poorly written, does little to control costs, and because of the way this legislation was written and passed. Social Security,...

Highway 99 tunnel: No oversight needed because project has been out in the open

I was disappointed with the editorial “Highway 99 tunnel project needs more oversight, not less” . Arguably, the tunnel project needs less and not more oversight. Oversight has helped to heighten the distrust, bitterness and rancor between each of the project partners and between both parties and the public-at-large, which continues to misunderstand both the...

Gay marriage: Federal ruling shortcuts the process toward equality

As a staunch supporter of gay marriage and gay rights in general, I disagree with the recent Supreme Court ruling . The constitutionally correct path for affirmation is through the states, and that course of action was progressing at relative breakneck speed. By shortcutting the process, the court has stolen the voice of citizens in...

Private beach: Neighbors shouldn’t expect something for nothing

Once again, the fine citizens of Seattle, or Lake City, seem to think they are entitled to something that is not theirs. In dispute is the “public-access” beach at the end of Northeast 130th Avenue . People living near this beach have been using it for years, even though it is not public property. Since...

Special-interest groups are given unfair priority over maritime industry

The Seattle Times’ recent Editorial “Give maritime industry a fair hearing on Shell’s oil-rig lease” is appreciated by the Washington Maritime Federation, which represents maritime businesses and the men and women of the working waterfront. The controversy surrounding the Port of Seattle’s lease with Foss Maritime has revealed a troubling reality about how city officials...

The Navy in Kitsap is a good neighbor

I read with interest “Navy stealthily targets local real-estate projects” . The story is centered on the idea that the Navy in Kitsap County will do anything in its power to stop development in its “sphere of influence.” I found the story to not reflect my own experiences in dealing with the Navy during my...

S.C. shooting: All opinions are not equal

I am deeply saddened by the shootings of nine people in a church in South Carolina, and I struggle to make sense of it, along with all the other killings that have occurred in the recent past . Americans hold sacred the right to express one’s opinion. However, too many Americans believe that everyone’s opinion...