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July 22, 2008 4:33 PM

Nickels and Sims have it out over Sound Transit vote

Posted by Kate Riley

Greg Nickels and Ron Sims are wrangling over whether to ask voters to approve a $17.8 billion bond measure to launch Sound Transit, Phase 2.

Seattle Mayor Nickels is for it; and King County Executive Sims is against it -- at least right now. They lay out their cases in op-ed columns in the Wednesday Times.

Vote on the topic and let us know what you think:

Ron Sims: The wrong investment at the wrong time

Greg Nickels: 10 lame reasons to delay mass transit

Also here is the Seattle Times editorial board's July 20 position: Light Rail can Wait

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July 22, 2008 4:16 PM

Asking and telling in the military

Posted by Joni Balter

Public sentiment is moving quickly toward more tolerance of gays in the military. The public is often ahead of politicians on social change and that is true again on the delicate question of whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. The obvious answer is yes, The current "don't ask, don't tell'' rule was adopted 15 years ago and is past its pull date.
That doesn't mean the U.S. Congress is ready to make a change. At the moment, it is more ready to make a fuss about this ill-advised policy. That, too, will help.

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