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    Courage Awards: And the nominees are ...

    The final listing of reader nominees for the Crosscut Courage awards.

    In the interest of keeping things transparent, we're sharing the list of Courage Award nominees submitted by Crosscut's readers. You all know and interact with people on a daily basis who deserve serious recognition for what they do, and we're counting on you to let us know who those people are. So, we've extended our nomination deadline until August 9th to give you all the chance to see who's been nominated and to give some love to those you think should be on the list. 






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    Posted Tue, Jul 30, 12:34 a.m. Inappropriate

    You have to be kidding with macklemore, right?


    Posted Tue, Jul 30, 9 a.m. Inappropriate

    jhande, I'm guessing that Macklemore was included because of his song "Same Love". For a rapper to come out and explicitly support gay rights and marriage equality does indeed take courage. And believe me, the song itself, has helped countless gay men, women and children find courage in themselves, to be themselves. I like Macklemore's music just fine, but for that song alone, the guy gets a lifetime pass.


    Posted Thu, Aug 15, 7:40 a.m. Inappropriate

    Revoke that lifetime pass. Have you listened to the lyrics to White Walls? "Old school like Old English in that brown paper bag." Brown bag. One of the new banned words in Seattle. Macklemore might've won props for Same Love, but this lyric - obviously - shows a latent racism. Seattle should ban the song from its airwaves. Mack needs sensitivity training.


    Posted Tue, Jul 30, 5:29 p.m. Inappropriate

    I don't know all those people but, judging from the ones I know, it's a list of people who fearlessly articulate things journalists approve of.


    Posted Wed, Jul 31, 11:59 a.m. Inappropriate

    Adding a couple of token Republicans as a CYA I see.


    Posted Wed, Jul 31, 2:16 p.m. Inappropriate

    The way Crosscut has posted this list can be confusing. It was initially a list of nominees selected by Crosscut writers, yes? Now the list has been expanded without any change of heading. Am I missing something? I tried to delete my comment, can't figure that out either.


    Posted Wed, Jul 31, 3:08 p.m. Inappropriate

    Kieth and Cameron: This is a list of Courage Award candidates nominated by Crosscut readers. If you'd like to nominate someone, please send their name, the organization they work with (if appropriate) and a paragraph describing what makes them courageous to CourageAwards@Crosscut.com by August 9th. We'll be updating the list as quickly as possible as we receive additional nominations.

    Posted Fri, Aug 30, 11:36 a.m. Inappropriate

    What would be useful is the rationale for each of the nominees.

    Posted Wed, Jul 31, 9:35 p.m. Inappropriate

    If we have a new list shouldn't the heading be changed? this arrangement is like an article
    that is being edited after publication .


    Posted Mon, Aug 5, 5:31 a.m. Inappropriate

    Thanks Berit,
    Paraphrasing the Great Groucho, I would never nominate a person to Crosscut Courage awards that would be accepted as a member.


    Posted Wed, Aug 14, 3:47 p.m. Inappropriate

    I always have a severe problem with awards given to people who are doing their JOB ! I also balk/heave when a politician gets one. In short, a sacrifice of life, limb, or financial health for the benefit of others, are the only ethical criteria for "Courage". A public employee, contractor, or recipient of public funds for livelihood can never be courageous unless they make a tangible donation of their own well-being for others. Doing a volunteer job which may promote one's career or public worship is like eating a delicious dinner soaked in Hepatitis A.
    What next ? Awards for firemen attending fires ? Police attending trials for criminals ? Politicians taking an oath of office and actually benefiting the people ?

    Remember Beal, who was routinely ridiculed by the Eco Community as well as harrassed by the rulers of the land ? He had nothing to gain but the satisfaction of cleaning up a "sewer". Find more like him and stop making kissy kissy with the self promoters and parasites.


    Posted Thu, Aug 15, 11:57 a.m. Inappropriate

    I would like to nominate the person who had the courage to nominate Kemper Freeman.


    Posted Thu, Aug 15, 12:34 p.m. Inappropriate

    Nominating Kemper Freeman, courageous ?

    A predictable and absurd choice, along with all but a few of those names.

    The usual suspects. Guess this is one "contest" I can ignore.


    Posted Thu, Aug 15, 12:35 p.m. Inappropriate

    And James? Well stated.


    Posted Fri, Aug 30, 11:39 a.m. Inappropriate

    Most of these don't pass the sniff test.

    Posted Fri, Aug 30, 12:59 p.m. Inappropriate

    What a hoot! Jeff Bezos, Pete Carroll, Kemper Freeman, Howard Schultz, Brian Baird, Rodney Tom, the list goes on. In our puritanical society these guys have had the admirable courage to be opportunistic.

    Is it too late to nominate Timmy Eyman and John Carlson?


    Posted Sat, Aug 31, 9:18 a.m. Inappropriate

    I didn't comment the first time this list came out and now I see some new (and surprising) names added to the list.

    I have to wonder over trying to compare, say, Trish Dziko and Stephanie Jones, who have done and continue to do yeoman's work above and beyond for public education, and then...Shannon Campion (a paid operative for a political education organization) and the late Maria Goodloe-Johnson who left the district under the cloud of a financial scandal (due mostly to someone she herself handpicked to work for her). Hard to fathom.

    I'm sure we all think many of those on the list are not courageous at all but we can agree to disagree. That said, if it's about someone doing their job - that they are hired for and get paid for - it better be extraordinary valor/service to give them an award.

    I also note that Crosscut lumped all the Public Service people together even though they come from vastly different areas of expertise. Hard to know how to pick.


    Posted Sat, Aug 31, 7:50 p.m. Inappropriate

    C'mon readers. You're the ones choosing the nominees on this list, and you've done a pathetic job.

    Start over. Don't pick famous names, choose someone decent, who never gets credit for the millions of things they quietly do.

    Don't put someone who earns a huge salary - choose people who do serious things, outside of the norm.

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