Gay marriage: Conservatives should use laissez-faire values

Given the many victories of gays and lesbians, social conservatives ought to question their own methods and allegiances . Social chaos won’t be held in check until they divorce themselves of many of the notions of economic conservatism. Conservatives preach laissez-faire, the lack of self-restraint in economic matters, while they advocate self-restraint in social matters....

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Shell is chasing a white whale in the Arctic

Shell’s Arctic-bound drilling rig would most aptly be named The Pequod after the ill-famed whaling ship in Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” . Besides the danger both vessels represent to whales and humankind, Shell’s pursuit of oil under the Arctic ice mirrors Captain Ahab’s hunt of the white whale: visionary obsessiveness run amok. Refusing to...

Reflecting on Memorial Day, we need to change war authority

Once again, many of us didn’t take Memorial Day as an opportunity to reflect on the costs of war, not only in lost life and limb, but also to urge Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority to declare war . The executive branch has no constitutional authority to declare war, yet Presidents George W. Bush...

Student testing: When kids fail, they lose for a lifetime

In the editorial “Reform No Child Left Behind to use tests wisely,” The Seattle Times argued correctly that something must be done to ensure student testing is used as a gauge of overall learning instead of a mechanism that punishes low-performing schools and bolsters the testing industry. I couldn’t agree more. We have to end...

Teacher strike: State Democrats have bent to the union’s will

Though officially unaffiliated with any political party, I almost always find myself in the company of Democrats. However, one very major gripe I have with many state Democrats is their blind and often misguided support of the Washington Education Association, the state’s large teachers union . Where are the voices of Democrats in our Legislature...

2016 election: Where is Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton is in a difficult predicament . Since announcing her candidacy for president, she has avoided all situations in which reporters or voters could ask her questions. They cannot ask her why she commingled her private and official emails on her own private server while she was secretary of state. They cannot ask her...

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...

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...