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...

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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...

Mobile-home buyers: An unethical vote by the U.S. House

Not sure what political corruption looks like? Look no further than HR 650: the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015, a bill passed in the U.S. House on April 14 . HR 650’s sponsor received significant financial backing from the largest mobile-home manufacturer. This bill sends money to the multi-hundred-million-dollar mobile-home manufacturing and...

Health care: Fairness for Medicaid patients

The article “How the Affordable Care Act is measuring up” alludes to the fact that the Medicaid payment gap for primary-care providers hasn’t caught up with us yet. The rate ended in January, but providers are still receiving the enhanced rate as payments are processed for services delivered in 2014. It’s a situation that’s bound...

No Child Left Behind: Teach students emotional skills

The editorial “Congress should pass new education law to provide flexibility for states” is right on the mark in its call for reforming the No Child Left Behind law this year in order to give Washington more flexibility to enact its own reforms. I also applaud you for highlighting many of the programs that “enhance...

Digital privacy: Put trust in neighbors

A sincere thank you for publishing Alex Alben’s guest column “Protect privacy in the digital age,” and allowing him the platform to suggest a concrete action to address it. Alben hits the nail on the head. A constitutional amendment would be a powerful way to reset our government’s bias back to the side of privacy....

King County Prop. 1 could have a large impact

It might be helpful to voters when deciding how to vote on Proposition 1 if they were aware that many, if not most, of the school districts in King County use this radio system. As well as fire and police . The radios are installed in schools, buses and district vehicles. The radios are used...

Trans-Pacific Partnership a bad deal

Finally, public debate around the Trans-Pacific Partnership has moved beyond the question of being for or against trade. We’re now for it. The real question is what kind of trade policy will express our values as a country? Former Govs. Chris Gregoire and Deval Patrick made a familiar argument for the TPP , emphasizing exports...

Vote no on King County Prop. 1

The editorial “Approve King County Prop. 1 to save lives” indicated that we need to scrap the 1992 radio system and replace it because the supplier says it can no longer support the system after 2018. This is the planned obsolescence mode that high-tech companies use. Our city, county and state should insist that new...