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April 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Amazon: a Seattle Times special report

Innovation

As a student of Seattle history, I am keenly aware that Amazon’s trajectory from garage startup to game-changing industrial powerhouse has reshaped Seattle and profoundly impacted the way people everywhere live and learn. [“Amazon a virtual no-show in its hometown,” page one, April 1.]

Amazon’s passion for innovation, and the creative workforce behind it, continues a great and enviable Seattle tradition, reaching back 150 years, of smart companies using cutting-edge technology to change the world.

Jeff Bezos, who understands the connection between industrial innovation and human advancement, has generously supported the creation of a Center for Innovation at MOHAI’s new museum at Lake Union Park. The center’s goal is to inspire thousands of young people each year with the power of innovation, and to help them discover their own potential to continue Seattle’s remarkable history of transforming great ideas into better lives — a history alive and well at Amazon and companies across the region right now.

Innovation has been central to our past; understanding its role will be key to our future.

— Leonard Garfield, executive director, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Amazon’s tax exemption

Now is the time for Seattle to benefit from Amazon’s tax.

On what basis is Amazon bypassing economic responsibility to Seattle’s metro community?

Is it Amazon’s prideful claim of hiring Seattleites? It hardly warrants any right for exemption of required city taxes.

Consider Amazon’s intense productivity emphasis that results with Amazon reverting to sweat lodge work conditions.

Consider The Seattle Times’ recent report that indicates Amazon’s true motive may be to profit by essentially eliminating the diverse publishing industry. [“Amazon muscles publishing world,” page one, April 2.]

An alarming potential monopoly! Freedom of speech begins with choice of literature. How can Seattle possibly allow Amazon to be exempt from a common business tax law?

Every fiscal reason dictates Seattle enforce Amazon to follow Seattle’s required business tax law. Eliminate Amazon’s tax exemption status. Allow Amazon to contribute toward Seattle’s support.

— Sue F. Minahan, Seattle


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