There's almost universal support for univeral preschool funding in Seattle, at least among parents. That's one finding from a new survey presented to Seattle City Council this morning as part of its preparation for a possible ballot measure asking the public to support preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds in the city. Among the parents, 96 percent agree with the idea that all families should have access to preschool for their children, regardless of income. The survey also found that cost is the second largest factor for not placing children in preschool or daycare. Thirty percent of parents who do not use out-of-home care cited cost as the reason. The only bigger reason was wanting to stay at home with their children or not needing daycare. The council's Committee on Preschool for All will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S. — J.C.
Climate bait and switch
The term "climate change" inserted itself into political messaging during George W. Bush's presidency, ostensibly as a less politically divisive term for global warming, but a new study out of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has found it communicates the urgency of the problem less effectively. The term "global warming," the study found, was associated with a greater certainty that man-made global warming is a real scientific consensus and caused more intense worry and willingness to take action.
That's probably no surprise to GOP messaging guru Frank Luntz, who advised the Bush administration to swap out the two terms in a memo where he also urged further obfuscation of climate sciences. He's also the bold pioneer responsible for introducing the term "energy exploration" as a replacement for "oil drilling." — B.A.
Yachts: Going big
It's cruise ship season for those who want to float through vacation, but it's also playtime for the super rich who own humongous yachts and stop here on the way to Alaska. The Puget Sound Business Journal's Patti Payne reports says that moorage costs here and along the West Coast are less than half of the daily charges on the Mediterranean (which apparently could be a consideration for those considering the classic dilemma: Shall we spend August in Seattle or Santorini?). Payne says that at least several dozen large yachts will stop here on the way up the coast for food, maintenance and repairs. And maybe to install solar panels to avoid ramping up the yacht owners' global-warming profiles? — J.C.
Mental health documents provide key to arrest
Mental health treatment documents helped lead police to arrest a man in connection with the bizarre case of a body found in a shopping cart last week. Checking on a report about suspicious activity by a trash can in the Othello neighborhood on Wednesday, police found a shopping cart with the body of 49-year-old Daryl Ford. They also found a backpack with documents from Sound Mental Health containing the name of a 46-year-old man. Police are holding that the 46-year-old, who may have been arrested as many as 30 times in the past decade, according to a seattlepi.com report. — J.C.
Gates-to-Gates giving drops
Bill Gates has reduced his donations to his favorite charity, but his foundation's philanthropic gates are far from closed. In fact, the cutback in his personal donations apparently reflects the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's growth, which has challenged its ability to give away money at the pace required by law, according to The New York Times. To maintain its tax-exempt status, the foundation, now worth $40.2 billion, must spend 5 percent of its assets on grants and expenses annually.
Another factor has been the size of Warren Buffet's donations to the Foundation. Buffet has given $13 billion since 2006. and his gifts require that the full dollar amount be spent each year. A looming issue: When Buffet dies, the remainder of the stock he pledged, now worth $42.1 billion, will likely flood into the foundation at a faster rate, accelerating its required annual spending. Talk about money problems. — E.W.
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