Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Jeff Bezos

Feb.
19th

CHARTERS: Be wary of those bearing gifts

“Tacoma is on track to become the charter school capital of Washington,” according to an article in The News Tribune (1-30.)

What the Charter School Commission proposes is that our tax dollars go towards privately run enterprises known as charter schools with a learning track record on or below par to what public schools provide.

Just a little research will provide troves of information on the co-opting of our schools into organizations run by corporations. Look at the huge amount of tax dollars provided for public education: $13 billion statewide and $600 billion nationwide. Ask yourself whether or not

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Aug.
1st

MARRIAGE: Amazon.com vs. Chick-fil-A

For goodness sake, the closest Chick-fil-A franchise is in Boise, Idaho (not exactly the liberal mecca of the Northwest). Most Chick-fil-A franchises are in the South, making it highly doubtful that a boycott by advocates of gay marriage is going to have much impact. Since Chick-fil-A already closes on Sundays (foregoing a weekend day of profits), I doubt they care.

It’s interesting to note, however, that as much opposition as many Southerners may have to gay marriage (as stated in many of their state constitutions), they are not raising a hissy fit over  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ stand on the

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Sep.
22nd

I-1098: Time for the rich to pay their fair share

Re: “CEOs oppose income tax initiative” (TNT, 9-22).

For years, Washington’s wealthy have benefited by a patchwork of regressive taxes, those by which lower-income people pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than do those of higher incomes. It is time for change and time for the rich to pay their fair share.

William Gates Sr. helped write and supports the initiative but some Seattle multimillionaires oppose it, including Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Bartell Drug Co. owners and Barry Ackerley. A Microsoft spokesman claimed that the tax would impair the state’s ability to “attract top tech

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