Special-interest groups are given unfair priority over maritime industry

The Seattle Times’ recent Editorial “Give maritime industry a fair hearing on Shell’s oil-rig lease” is appreciated by the Washington Maritime Federation, which represents maritime businesses and the men and women of the working waterfront. The controversy surrounding the Port of Seattle’s lease with Foss Maritime has revealed a troubling reality about how city officials...

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The Navy in Kitsap is a good neighbor

I read with interest “Navy stealthily targets local real-estate projects” . The story is centered on the idea that the Navy in Kitsap County will do anything in its power to stop development in its “sphere of influence.” I found the story to not reflect my own experiences in dealing with the Navy during my...

S.C. shooting: All opinions are not equal

I am deeply saddened by the shootings of nine people in a church in South Carolina, and I struggle to make sense of it, along with all the other killings that have occurred in the recent past . Americans hold sacred the right to express one’s opinion. However, too many Americans believe that everyone’s opinion...

Gay marriage: ruling benefits us all; what about singles?

Same-sex marriage ruling benefits all I never believed I would see the day when I could marry the person I loved. I never thought I would see the day when many churches would embrace marriage as between two people who want to love and cherish each other. I never thought the day would come when...

Health care: Work remains to make coverage universal

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected yet another attack on the Affordable Care Act . The court’s decision is good news for everyone in Washington state and across the country, protecting the tax credits that now make health insurance affordable for millions. But we should also take this lawsuit as a reminder that transforming...

GOP tuition plan would hurt those who’ve invested in GET

Don’t believe state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, when she says her tuition bill would be a “boon” for families invested in the state’s prepaid college-tuition plan, GET [“Cutting tuition means college student graduate with less debt,” Opinion, June 20). It won’t be. So says State Treasurer Jim McIntire, who cited the “damaging effects” the...

Light rail expansion: Who wants to live densely?

The guest columnist advocates of light rail reveal, in passing, its real purpose: “A regional light-rail system would help funnel growth to dense and vibrant communities surrounding transit hubs where people would rely less on cars.” In reality, there is no good evidence that large numbers of people in the Puget Sound area would wish...

The Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Taking down the Confederate flag: nothing changes; and what about gun control?

Nothing changes with its removal I am a white, Northern liberal. I favor gun control. My adopted son is black. And I favor South Carolina and other states keeping the Confederate battle flag . Removing the flag would not change anything; it would not change anyone’s attitudes. People like the suspect in the Charleston, S.C.,...

Trade promotion authority: Praise for state’s congressional delegation

Twenty years ago, Darigold was only starting to think about exports. At that point we were largely content to focus our marketing in the Northwest. What a difference a few years makes. These days, more than 40 percent of Darigold’s production is exported. We have no choice but to focus on trade. That’s why we...

Rachel Dolezal: Americans can be whatever they want

I understand the relationship that Rachel Dolezal has with the black community . I understand it very well. About 20 years ago, I walked into my first Welsh Cymanfa Ganu (a Welsh hymn festival). I felt instantly at home. I picked up the language easily, and the people were friendly and welcoming. As an adoptee,...

Affordable housing: Use up-zoning as a reasonable alternative to rent control

The article “Solution to soaring rents tougher than $15 wage, city officials find” seems to imply that without the “soaring rhetoric” of the $15 Now movement, Seattle’s affordable-housing proponents are aimless and doomed to fail. This pessimism is neither founded nor constructive, nor does it cover all of the options in discussion. While affordable housing...