Planned Parenthood: Wash. state should investigate its suspect actions

Washingtonians on both sides of the abortion debate should applaud the 34 legislators urging state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate Planned Parenthood . In a state where citizens are adamant about transparency in government, organizations receiving state funds should face similar scrutiny as state agencies — especially if unethical behavior is suspected. As multiple...

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Housing affordability: Where’s the evidence for the mayor’s housing plan?

The guest column by the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory (HALA) Committee’s co-chairs makes many assertions about the panel’s affordable-housing plan for Seattle without offering evidence that the plan would produce its desired results . Saying that “deliberate planning is required to ensure that Seattle’s housing market is accessible now and in the future” isn’t...

Planned Parenthood opponents are using the ‘yuck’ factor

Six-hundred-and-fifty American women die each year from pregnancy, many leaving behind motherless children. Thousands more survive and thrive only because of “yucky” medical procedures, such as cesarean sections, hysterectomies, blood transfusions and abortions. Given the latest smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, it appears that religious conservatives who fail to appreciate the difference between a baby...

Death of Donnie Chin: A heartfelt thanks from a first responder

Donald “Donnie” Chin had a major impact on the delivery of emergency services — both fire and police services — for almost 50 years to the Chinatown-International District . As a fire department first responder to many incidents in the district — both fire and first aid — Donnie was always there to greet the...

Campaign financing and how to fix local elections: Pass I-122

Thank you for publishing, “Seattle’s richest, whitest areas dominate campaign giving, say reform backers” . Seeing how money flows into Seattle elections was truly disappointing, but not at all shocking. I remember staying up late on election night to watch the returns as a child. The unfathomable scope of representative democracy, and its ability to...

HALA’s proposal: Readers weigh in on housing affordability plan

Focus density in accommodating areas The underlying assumption of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory (HALA) Committee report seems to be that single-family zoning in Seattle is outdated and no longer viable . The report, in essence, recommends that single-family zoning be abolished. Seattle’s neighborhoods are a precious and irreplaceable resource. They have...

Earthquakes: Hard to prepare for the months after a disaster

While The Times sensibly encourages earthquake preparedness , those recommendations hardly match the calamity we’re told to expect. Kathryn Schulz’s “The Really Big One” in The New Yorker is noteworthy because her warning is itself an “adequate” response — noticeable among the many polite warnings we have managed to ignore. Loss-of-life scenarios get the headlines,...

HALA’s single-family rezone proposal: City Hall needs to be more candid with facts

Alan Durning’s guest column addressing the recommendations of the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory (HALA) Committee’s report in regard to single-family housing does not fairly describe the impact of the recommendations. The proposal would expand the areas of the urban villages and upzone those areas, thus decreasing the already-existing single-family housing stock in areas that...

2016 election: Donald Trump is right about one thing

The veracity of many of Donald Trump’s statements may be questionable, but he does touch upon the truth when he says his personal fortune places him in a position where he doesn’t need to answer to anyone and can do what he wants . In so stating, he is just pointing out one of the...

Christianity: God gave commandments on morality, not suggestions

A response to John Locatelli’s guest column “How Christians learn to love” : One of the principles of interpreting the Bible is that if the principle appears in both the Old and New testaments, it is an important concept and transcends culture. In fact, when Biblical Christianity is introduced into a culture and is accepted...

Convention Center addition needs to integrate transit

Yes, we need to expand the Convention Center, but we must not compromise our transit system . The bus tunnel is one of Seattle’s finest accomplishments, and we are finally beginning to build a transit system that will serve our residents and visitors into the distant future. Transit can be integrated with the expanded Convention...