Teacher walkout: Teachers are in solidarity against inequities

I am deeply saddened by The Seattle Times’ inability to grasp why our Seattle teachers went on strike . The Times completely fails to acknowledge the deprivation and inequity that exists within our schools. Teachers from throughout the district are in solidarity because they can’t obtain substitutes to attend professional development. Teachers from schools that...

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2016 election: Jeb Bush stuck in a hard place

Jeb Bush is stuck not wanting to admit his brother made a tragic and costly foreign-policy mistake by using the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq . If he says he would have done it, too, he’s a fool. If he says he wouldn’t have, his brother is the fool. And the questions...

School levies: Legislators need to get serious about education

I appreciated Jim Brunner’s article on the debate in Olympia about funding for K-12 education . It illustrated to me just how absurd it is that state legislators do not have a real solution to fully fund public education. The idea of shifting around property-tax levies is wholly inadequate. I completely agree with the quote...

Veterans deserve better ride service to medical appointments

Editor, The Times: The Department of Veterans Affairs has a number to call for veterans to arrange transportation to appointments at VA facilities . This was a simple process to arrange a ride. Approximately a year ago, a policy was instituted so a veteran was required to have an appointment. This policy made it slightly...

Revise law to make Boeing play fair

Editor, The Times: Reading the guest column about Boeing tax breaks by Linda Lanham , I expected an answer to the basic question regarding aerospace incentives: Why did Boeing agree to tie jobs to tax breaks in other states but not in Washington? Instead of an answer, the article was another dose of Boeing spin...

Shell oil rig: Political egos; Alaskans’ livelihoods; hijacked civic debate

Massaging political egos It’s a great pleasure to see Mayor Ed Murray taking a Pyrrhic stand that will be environmentally meaningless and will hurt his constituents, but will please his environmentalist friends who want to fill up their SUVs at the pump and fly about the globe without worrying about where that gas to transport...

Public television: Sorrow for decline in programming

With the greatest sadness, we read the Barry Mitzman guest column on KCTS . We have been contributors for more than 40 years, even during the lean years in student housing and graduate school. For some time though, we have been unsettled by the content of the Channel 9 programming, too much of which appeared...

Shell oil lease: Don’t forget the big picture

As I was reading through “Morally opposed to Arctic oil? It’s already everywhere in Washington” column, I was surprised to learn that drilling in Alaska has been going on for almost 40 years. I found this interesting because it has only recently come to light in the general public in Washington state. The purpose of...

Nepal: Media plays a strong role in sustaining aid

I would like to praise the guest column “Aid to Nepal needs to continue beyond the news cycle” . In almost every tragedy worldwide, Americans usually show their concern by donating money or volunteering to help the victims who have been in need for so long. Even though the issue can’t stay as the top...

Universal broadband: Encourage a Seattle tech hub

Concerning the editorial “What’s missing in Seattle: affordable universal broadband” : In our current era, we are deeply invested in technology, going hand-in-hand with the Internet. The importance of universal broadband is something that is acknowledged, but many are hesitant to begin implementing it. Being that Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities, we should...

Arctic oil drilling’s economic and environmental realities

On Arctic oil drilling : As of right now, it is a very necessary and economically empowering. But everyone, not just Seattleites, need to understand the enormous enviromental threat that Arctic drilling poses. It is imperative that fuel alternatives be found that are sustainable. Arctic drilling is a horrible thing from an environmentalist’s point of...