Religious health care: Helping neighbors is at the core of religion

Regarding the article “Cost-sharing ministries offer Obamacare alternative” , it is nice to know that Christians are ready to pay the bills for health care. I am a retired Catholic public health nurse and a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act because health insurance is about caring for all of our neighbors. In a...

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May Day protests: Letter from Seattle Central president thanking community

This year, as in years past, Seattle Central College’s campus has been a gathering place for protests on May Day . Some of our community’s citizens take this opportunity to peacefully express their rights to speak and assemble about important issues. As a college of higher learning, we wholeheartedly believe in these ideals and in...

If the FCC sells off spectrum, it could benefit mobile users

While wireless companies appreciate The Seattle Times drawing much-needed attention to the spectrum auction, there were several key facts overlooked . First, the FCC is proposing to give Peter and Paul something that they both want. It is offering to pay Peter for some of its spectrum, thanks to Paul — the wireless carriers —...

Loaded with lead: Update training and gun ranges

I read articles in the series “Loaded with Lead” and the editorial “Clean up act on lead bullets” . My analysis of them is based on my background as a shooter and industrial experience in chemistry, toxicology and engineering. I feel that we don’t have a leaded bullet problem but a facility design, construction, maintenance...

State budget: The priority is on poverty

Guest columnist Rodney Tom states that he is dismayed by the House Democrats in Olympia who are trying to “soak the rich or make polluters pay” in order to generate more revenue to “support the growth of state government.” [“Did Olympia learn anything from the recession?” Opinion, April 26]. He claims that with the current...

Zoo elephants: An example of failed city leadership

I was appalled at Mayor Ed Murray’s criticism of animal advocates who spoke up on behalf of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants at a recent City Council meeting . He described the advocates’ desperate pleas as “unconscionable” and “lacked civility”. People speak up when they feel their concerns are being continually ignored. The mayor and...

Trans-Pacific Partnership would limit local lawmaking

The Times editorial board in “Give Obama fast-track authority in trade deal” fails to even mention the most dangerous provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: the “investor-state dispute resolution” system that threatens the will of the people as expressed through local, state and national legislation. This international “court” operates in secrecy and its decisions cannot be...

Subsidized law services: Not just a ‘liberal’ idea

State funding of civil legal services is essential to maintain the often illusory promise of equal justice for all . Civil legal services for the poor has never been a “liberal” program. Sens. Steve O’Ban and Cyrus Habib continue the longstanding bipartisan support for funding of civil legal services. The initial effort for government funding...

Teacher walkout is about looking to the future

On Wednesday, the 139 teachers in the Lakewood Education Association joined with other educators in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties and participated in a one-day, rolling walkout . The decision to walk out was not made in haste. Much thought went into weighing the pros and cons of a work stoppage. This action is not...

Tree-sitting: An effective alternative for residents

I wanted to express my hearty support for the Magnolia tree-sitter, Jim Davis . I sure wish I had sat in the tree that once graced my view in Madison Valley the day I heard the chain saws. While Seattle does good lip service with tree preservation, the tree ordinances always have some clause to...