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Feb 25, 2013 westseattlealki commented on Will You Pay $4 a Week to Read the Seattle Times Website?.
The sad thing is, I would have gladly paid for a digital subscription for over a decade until last October when they announced free advertising for McKenna. I almost wish they had done this last year so that I could have canceled my subscription in protest.

Never giving them a dime until Blethen is gone. The only thing more shameful than the McKenna advertising scheme was blaming it on the marketing department.
Jan 10, 2012 westseattlealki commented on An Immodest Proposal: the Education Income Tax.
This idea would not only make our tax system more fair and stable, but it would introduce a massive stimulus via the sales tax cut right when we need it most. Also I think the politics of calling it an "education income tax" are better than your think. Since the legislature is unlikely to act on this due to Eyman's 2/3 threshold, where do we sign up to get it on the ballot?
Jan 10, 2012 westseattlealki commented on An Immodest Proposal: the Education Income Tax.
This piece is absolutely spot on -- exactly what we need to ensure future prosperity.
Dec 25, 2011 westseattlealki commented on Now That's the Christmas Spirit!.
Merry Christmas everyone! Here's to donning we now our gay apparel, or trolling the ancient yuletide carol, whatever floats your boat! ;)
Dec 25, 2011 westseattlealki commented on Christmas Eve in Seattle.
Merry Christmas Slog, whether you're eating Chinese food or taking the grandparents to Mass!
Dec 23, 2011 westseattlealki commented on Ivies Attract Top Athletes as Public Universities Squeeze Middle Class.
@5 Today's students would love to pay their way through school but it is impossible for most. There are not enough jobs, the cost of education is much higher, and academic expectations have increased dramatically, putting strain on the ability to work a full-time job in addition to college. The 90% tax rates on the wealthy back in the 1950s-60s allowed baby boomers to enjoy cheap public education before Reagan and Bush came along to slash their taxes right when they were in the prime of their careers and capable of repaying their debt to society.
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Dec 14, 2011 westseattlealki commented on University of Washington Resident Applications Down 5.6 Percent.
The trend is not that recent -- I went to Stanford in the late 1990s because it was cheaper for me than UW would have been due to Stanford's far more generous need-based financial aid. We need a state income tax to refund public education and stop pricing out working families. Eyman's supermajority tax increase initiative was the worst thing that has ever happened to Washington state. We should have an income tax on the ballot ever year until it passes.