Opinions

  • Aging: No need to knock retirement communities
    by Letters editor on June 18, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Betsy Bell’s “A golden-years quandary: Where will I live?” could have visited our fears about aging in place without disparaging retirement communities. Not everyone enjoys the author’s current health and family proximity. Those who suffer from sight or congenital problems and lack family assistance would wince at the generalization of retirement communities as “a bunch […]

  • President Trump: Truth-challenged
    by Letters editor on June 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    In “Trump attacks Comey, ‘total thieves’ at FBI” [June 16, A4] President Donald Trump wonders, “Who’s lied more than Comey?” All he has to do is look in the mirror. From lying about President Obama’s birthplace to lying that the Democrats passed a law necessitating the separation of children from parents trying to cross the […]

  • Arctic refuge: Exxon Valdez?
    by Letters editor on June 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Op-Ed is a prickly response to Sally Jewell’s Op-Ed. Despite Jewell’s well-reasoned, multifaceted article, Murkowski’s response was essentially confined to the (questionable) argument that more oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will result in no adverse environmental impacts (an argument that is rather disingenuous when no mention is made of […]

  • Affordable Care Act is worth saving
    by Seattle Times editorial board on June 18, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Congress should keep trying to improve, not sabotage, Obamacare, which made health care available and somewhat affordable for millions. […]

  • Big business is squashing small
    by David Leonhardt on June 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Big companies, to be fair, have their virtues. They can create jobs, take on ambitious projects and compete around the world. But the balance in the modern U.S. economy is off. […]

  • Let’s break with the past and charge ahead with clean energy
    by Bruce Speight and Kim Rice on June 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    The organizations and governments that are setting goals for a clean-energy future are acknowledging a crucial truth: The future we dream of is only possible if we get our energy systems out of the past. […]

  • Trump and the baby snatchers
    by Charles M. Blow on June 18, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions even had the gall to invoke one of the same Bible verses used to justify slavery to justify the current policy. And Trump keeps lying about it, trying to distort reality and claim that the separations are a result of a “law” made by the Democrats. […]

  • Health-care system needs reboot to solve pain and opioid crises
    by Heather Tick and Jane Ballantyne on June 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    The expectation of being able to eradicate pain has led the U.S. to prescribe fifty times more opioids than the rest of the world combined. […]

  • On trade, Merkel joins Trump on the low road
    by Leonid Bershidsky on June 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Merkel the conscientious academic, known for her studiousness and careful preparation, is showing Trump that two can play the cherry-picking game with numbers whose greatest value is as rhetorical devices to please the domestic political base. […]

  • Teacher pay and school outcomes don’t have to compete for state dollars
    by Seattle Times editorial board on June 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    School budgets and teacher contracts should focus on making sure every child in Washington gets a good education that prepares them for college and career. […]