Seattle City Council should continue the progessive ethos

Jonathan Martin in his column seems to lament the fact that, in his estimation, more left-leaning candidates might garner City Council positions . He gives new Councilmember Kshama Sawant credit for helping foster an increasing turn to the left. Her “socialist firebrand message” has no doubt turned local city politics upside down. Many of us...

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Paid parental leave: Parenting takes full-time care from moms

I see that Seattle intends to give city employees a month to spend with their newborns . I suppose it’s a good idea to have some contact with their children before they are turned over to day cares until they start school. But I’m not sure why employees should be paid for it. I was...

Reduced Seattle parking: Customers will go elsewhere

The article on removal of parking spaces confirms what has long been visible: Seattle’s war on cars . Whatever the problem, the solution is the removal of auto traffic lanes and parking. The policy is indistinguishable from one whose goal would be to strangle traffic and exclude private automobiles. I’d hoped the departure of “Mayor...

Richland florist case: Intolerance goes both ways

Regarding the Richland florist who declined to participate in a same-sex wedding on grounds of religious beliefs, I find it a very sad story . Here's a woman who's had a good relationship with her customer, Robert Ingersoll, for years. She's accepted him for who he is. Now he suddenly asks her to do something...

Gender-neutral graduation: Celebrating students for who they are

I applaud Franklin High School’s instructional council for voting to switch to a more gender-neutral graduation ceremony . It was exciting to see that other Seattle area schools have followed suit and I hope that this becomes the norm instead of an exception to the rule as time goes on. In light of the tragic...

Imagine the devastation of an oil-train derailment and explosion in Seattle

The derailment of the hyped newer, safer oil tank cars that exploded and burned in West Virginia, with 2400 people evacuated from their homes and a house destroyed is proof there are no safe oil tank cars for Bakken crude . And the explosive derailment in Ontario, Canada, adds to the number of explosive oil-train...

Wal-Mart does a lot of good for employees

It’s hard to believe that it was just seven years ago when I was living in my car relying on food stamps to feed me and my toddler . I couldn’t find a job and was desperate to work anywhere. That’s when I submitted an application to work as an overnight stocker at Wal-Mart. I...

Homelessness: The current approaches are not working

I appreciated Danny Westneat’s piece column on homelessness in Seattle and what can be learned from Utah . Homelessness traditionally has been viewed in one of two ways: Some see it as a human-social problem that can only be tackled by throwing the entire state or local budget at it. Others think it is a...

Bicycle lanes bring joy, ease and safe transportation

Seattle has poured gasoline on the road-rage fire when the wide, isolated bike lanes were implemented on the streets . The bike lanes take up driving space and eliminate, what used to be, valued parking space. While the scowls are sharp, I spread my arms freely and bask in the glory letting go of what...

Redraw school districts to match legislative districts

In the editorial "Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance" , The Times suggests “tweaking” school boards. I suggest a total overhaul. Washington state is balkanized into 296 school districts. All districts have superintendents and various directors and their support staff. Our legislative districts' and congressional districts' borders are based on number of voters....

Netanyahu’s visit: The U.S. is in a bind

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) were smart, he could simultaneously avoid being used as an anti-Obama Republican tool, present himself as a statesman and peacemaker and improve U.S.-Israel relations . What if Bibi thanked America for helping build Israel’s economy, supporting it domestically and internationally, and consistently vetoing anti-Israel U.N. resolutions? Then he...