Opinions

  • If you invent mass knife attacks, you lose the gun-control debate
    by Seattle Times editorial board on February 22, 2018 at 12:36 am

    A GOP lawmaker misremembering a mass stabbing spree in Norway that never happened is just the latest and most extreme example of a politician avoiding talking about sensible gun-control measures. […]

  • Personal accountability: The president
    by Letters editor on February 21, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    During my many years as a third-grade teacher, to instill personal accountability I coached three fundamental principles in our classroom: honesty, respect and cooperation. When not demonstrated, I called parents for a discussion. If our president were in my tutelage, where would he stand? Honesty is a weak point. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog […]

  • Pre-K education: School readiness for all
    by Letters editor on February 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Former Mayor Tim Burgess is absolutely right, “Pre-K education lifts all children.” Cities across America, including Seattle, must invest in preparing their youngest residents for kindergarten and later success in life. Too many kids are not ready for school. But high-quality early childhood education programs, like the Seattle Preschool Program, can help reverse that trend. […]

  • Gun apologists, America’s youth have your number
    by Leonard Pitts Jr. on February 21, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    If you have only now, if crimes, sins and absurdities are visceral and new to you, you confront them with a fervor, energy and anger often inaccessible to your elders. That’s the hope that emerges from this tragedy. […]

  • Olympic National Park is no place for Growler jets
    by Kara Winger on February 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    The Navy’s EA-18G Growler jets based at Whidbey Island are some of the loudest military aircraft in the skies. The Navy’s proposed plan to increase training flights over Olympic National Park is out of convenience, not necessity, and should be stopped. […]

  • Lawmakers, repeal death penalty
    by Seattle Times editorial board on February 21, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Washington lawmakers should show ethical leadership and abolish the death penalty. […]

  • Get out of Facebook and into the NRA’s face
    by Thomas Friedman on February 21, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Nothing will change unless young and old who oppose the NRA run for office, vote, help someone vote, register someone to vote or help fund someone’s campaign — so we can threaten the same electoral pain as the National Rifle Association. […]

  • Before gun control, respectful conversations between Blues and Reds
    by David Brooks on February 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    If you want to stop school shootings, it’s not enough just to vent and march. It’s necessary to let people from Red America lead the way, and to show respect to gun owners at all points. […]

  • Pike Place Market: ‘Heart of our city’
    by Letters editor on February 20, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the coverage of the proposal to build a 14-story building at First and Pike, where, Victor Steinbrueck wrote in his book “Market Sketchbook,” “the character of the market begins to be revealed.” Steinbrueck and Friends of the Market stopped the demolition of the Market itself back in 1971. We have fought to preserve […]

  • Charter schools: Offering hope
    by Letters editor on February 20, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    The outrageous request of Seattle School Board president Leslie Harris that the city’s public schools be given time to get better should create fury in the poorer parts of this community. I’d love to be in a room where Harris makes that request in front of angry disadvantaged parents whose children’s years are being lost, […]