No sneezing: How female politicians are held to another standard

Hillary Clinton’s recent health episode proves once again there is a double standard applied to women who run for office. As with appearance and tone…

Could families get real help when they need it most?

While the nation is preoccupied with presidential wars and impending elections, the next big thing is brewing almost unnoticed. It is a universal issue, but…

Progressive FLOTUS’ surprising connection to Seattle

President Harry Truman called Eleanor Roosevelt “First Lady to the World.” But she sometimes also appeared as a First Lady in Seattle, brought here partly…

Seattle’s soul: Alive and well, thank you

Blogs and even reputable news sources lately are filled with premature death notices for Seattle’s soul. Take the piece in Gawker in August. Christopher Morris-Len…

Paul Schell’s Seattle legacy

I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in Seattle, but, like former Mayor Paul Schell, when I did make it here as an adult, I…

Women-unfriendly Seattle must fix its status as the 73-cent city

What if you lived in a city where you think women are doing well — or at least better than in most places — and then you find out…

Mind the gap, Jill Abramson. The pay gap for women.

If speculative reports are accurate, Jill Abramson, the fired New York Times executive editor, may want to join Seattle’s “No Wage Gap” campaign.  Abramson was…

Ramps to Nowhere: A word on behalf of ‘Seattle process’

Thank goodness for good old Seattle Process. Although often damned as anti-progressive, Seattle Process also has — more than once — saved the city from major disasters. One of…

Seattle nickname: A few modest proposals

Several weeks ago, columnist Knute Berger flung down a gauntlet, boldly decreeing in Seattle Magazine and Crosscut: “Seattle needs a new nickname.” Berger scrolled through…

More than child’s play: A new spot for kids at Seattle Center

Imagine a bridge through the sky with two exits: one a meandering corkscrew-like slide, the other a quick zip through space. Or think of a…

City’s new era: Carrying more of the social service burden

When the Seattle City Council passed its 2014 budget late last year, there was at least one dramatic change worth noting. For the first time,…

A to-do list for Seattle’s next mayor

Come January 1, there may or may not be a new mayor in the offices on the Seventh Floor of City Hall. New or old,…

A word for corporate Seattle: plastics

Seattleites are known nationally as leaders in recycling. It’s such a civic preoccupation that earlier this year when citywide curbside recycling reached a landmark (25…

Gender equity in city employment requires long-term effort

The Mayor’s Office released a study of gender pay equity in July showing that in city employment, men, on average, are paid 9.5 percent more…

Saying goodbye to Seattle’s ‘Father of Organics’ & ‘Guru of Conservation’

Two modern-day pioneers – Al Dietemann, the man they call the “Great Guru of Water Conservation,” and Carl Woestwin, the “Father of Seattle’s Organics” –…
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