Opinions

  • A ‘free press’ is a ‘misnomer’
    by Letters editor on February 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    The term “free press” is as glaring a misnomer as “free medical care.” Doctors do not work for free, and a one-sided press does not promote a free thinking, informed society. The rush to prejudge the Jussie Smollett and Covington student incidents are two recent examples of irresponsible, biased reporting. More disconcerting is the coverage, […]

  • Howard Schultz’s voting record
    by Letters editor on February 22, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Howard Schultz has a staff to hand him his ballot anywhere in the world — if only he were engaged. If he doesn’t understand local issues, how will he have a grip as those issues grow? Schultz does need a new job, but it’s not in politics. Corrinne Servais, Issaqua […]

  • Stop the local tax grab and increase state dollars for education
    by The Seattle Times editorial board on February 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Lawmakers shouldn't open the door back to the old inequitable way of funding Washington schools. […]

  • Laments over unbridled growth in our beloved Northwest are nothing new
    by Laura Laffrado on February 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Ella Rhoads Higginson, who later became the first poet laureate of Washington, wrote of greed eroding the beauty of her state in the 1890s. […]

  • Tim Eyman’s not sitting pretty
    by David Horsey on February 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    The anti-tax guru is in legal hot water for taking a chair and campaign funds. […]

  • A single-payer system is not desirable
    by Letters editor on February 22, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    For the past 11 years, I have helped lead Washington’s largest charity for prescription-drug access, the Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation. That experience informs my opinion that the Op-Ed advocating government-run health care — sometimes called “single-payer” — is troubling. The author claims that with single-payer, “nobody is denied medicine based on their insurance.” This is […]

  • GOP straddles fence – of separation of powers
    by Letters editor on February 22, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    While President Donald Trump and his supporters attempt to conjure an imminent security threat on our southern border, a real crisis does exist, on the fence currently being uncomfortably straddled by congressional Republicans. On one side lies a tangible threat to our democracy and a descent into tyranny; on the other, the defense of one […]

  • Look to character, not past indiscretions, in public servants
    by Letters editor on February 22, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I am a retired clinical psychologist, and I fear that I am witnessing an awful trend in American culture — the vilifying of public persons who have had periods of indiscretion in their lives and the insistence that public figures have perfect records. This inevitably leads to bland toadies holding office who get nothing done […]

  • Good government in action: NASA’s Mars rover mission
    by Joe Trotta on February 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Both machines were so well designed - so overengineered - that they were able to last more than 21 times and 57 times their original planned mission lengths. When they did give out, it was due to uncontrollable, external factors - and not because some component wore out. […]

  • Virginia, it’s not about blackface in your past; it’s about redemption today
    by Clyde W. Ford on February 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Politics is transactional. Morality is evocational. Politicians act with an expectation of receiving something in return, while moral people act based on beliefs they find deep within about right and wrong. The crisis in Virginia conflates the two. […]