Campaign financing: An idea to spur citizen funding

The Sightline Institute’s recent report that showed half of Seattle’s campaign money in 2013 came from just 0.3 percent of the city’s adult population is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s wrong with the way campaigns are funded . Like Sightline’s Director Alan Durning said, “Seattle isn’t corrupt like the...

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Affordable housing: Rent control hurts small-unit landlords

I am one of the many landlords with small-unit buildings, and can assure you that we are not making a killing on our investments . The only reason I can continue to offer my units at near or below market rates is that my building is almost paid off (after more than 20 years), and...

Planned Parenthood controversy: Adult organ donation is similar

Washington, like many other states, allows anyone to donate their body parts to help save others as well as donate their body for medical research [“Who buys, sells and uses fetal tissue acquired from abortion clinics,” News, July 27). Yet, the current knee-jerk reaction prompted by anti-abortion people and Republican politicians, including our own state...

Affordable housing: Rent control is urgent

You can call it rent control, or affordable housing, but I think the people of Seattle have made it exceedingly clear that it is a huge priority. I believe that addressing this soon is necessary, even if some councilmembers disagree. There are several things in John Okamoto’s guest column that I disagree with. There may...

Affordable housing plan: A smoke-screen from the HALA Committee

As described by City Councilmember John Okamoto, , “When supply is limited, demand goes up and higher rents follow.” That’s not only true with regard to rent, but higher prices for any type of housing. It’s basic economics of supply and demand. With the HALA Committee’s proposals, we’re led to believe that squeezing in more...

Cecil the lion and the theft of species

The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by a trophy hunter has nothing to do with whether or not the hunter was a good shot, but everything to do with the fact that lions are an endangered species . This is not “hunting,” it is theft — robbing our world patrimony of an...

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...

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...