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Guest Opinion: Real police reform may require new ways of looking at results

A single page in a recent edition of the New York Times offers a stark picture of the present state of criminal justice in these…

Alleged North Korean Sony Pictures hack a lesson in corporate decency

Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. Sony Pictures produces a silly [some might call it stupid] movie about a plot to assassinate the ruler…

Lessons from Ferguson

I've sat down every morning for the past few weeks determined to write something about the Ferguson, Missouri calamity only to end up in a seriously demoralized state.…

Washington state’s racist death penalty

There have been a slew of reminiscences and reflections on race in America in the last month, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the March…

Martin v. Zimmerman: Where John Carlson went wrong

In the apparently unending dispute that John Carlson has managed to unleash with his commentary on the Florida tragedy [Martin v. Zimmerman], we have him…

Remembering David Olson, a true ‘university citizen’

In the death last week of David J. Olson, 71,  the University of Washington has lost one of its most distinguished members of faculty, and…

We need to rid this state of its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

In my waning time on this planet, I’ve become a snowbird. I count it as one of the smarter things I’ve done in my dotage;…

The real Gingrich game: racial code words

Up until now, the Republican presidential primaries have been largely an exercise in the ludicrous, but with Newt Gingrich’s win in South Carolina, the prospects…

More fuel for the protesters: profiteering on health care

Anyone who isn’t brain-dead has to have noticed the nascent Wall Street Rebellion unfolding across the nation. Hundreds of primarily young people have descended on…

Arizona stirs another critical debate

There is an interesting side-story to the national fury unleashed by the tragic and senseless shootings in Tucson that have stirred a national and timely…

Beep-beep: a car-user’s manifesto

I’m becoming sufficiently irritated by Mayor Mike McGinn’s anti-automobile campaign that if he doesn’t back off, I might just drag myself out of happy retirement…

State’s first execution in a decade: Asking a question

Our state is just over two weeks away from the scheduled execution of a man who kidnapped a 22-year-old woman, raped and tortured her for…

It’s hard to understand opposition to Chief Diaz for being an insider

As newly appointed Police Chief John Diaz awaits confirmation by the city council, a curious suggestion has been publicly aired, calling on the council to…

Best of 2009: Ted Kennedy and the perils of liberal fundamentalism

Editor's note: This essay, originally appearing on Sept. 2, 2009, is part of our Best of Crosscut series. While the better part of the nation…