Why doesn’t Seattle manage the money it already has?

Seattle’s elected officials seem obsessed with trying to increase the city’s budget. A city income tax on the wealthiest households; a tax on soda. It…

Seattle, where millionaires push taxes on everyone else

As I read the Seattle Times early this week, I was struck by two articles that more or less tell the story of where Seattle…

Time for some adult supervision at City Hall

Outside the bubble that has settled over Seattle City Hall, it is easy to come to the conclusion that our city’s government has become untethered…

Murray squanders chance for positive neighborhood reform

In rolling out a plan to change the way the city interacts with neighborhoods, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is following up on a concern of…

Why Seattle must tame “The Jungle”

For the past 20 years, the area at the base of Beacon Hill known as “The Jungle” has been a haven for homeless encampments, drug…

It’s time to get passionate about gun control

In the past few days we have heard proposals by President Obama and Gov. Inslee on how they would reduce gun deaths in America. Both…

Neighborhoods could yank a lot of chains on new City Council

There have been numerous interpretations  of the recent district elections for Seattle City Council — did the Socialists win? The Chamber of Commerce? Was it a…

‘Honest Elections’: Does all this add up?

Looking at the latest campaign finance reform effort to hit the November ballot, Initiative 122 – Honest Elections Seattle, I have to wonder if there…

How district elections will change governing

For the first time in a generation, voters are electing Seattle City Council members by district. Even though that’s the norm in most municipalities, it…

Guest Opinion: Seattle and Alaska in another sibling fight

Inextricably linked and worlds apart, Alaska and Seattle are the siblings that need but don’t necessarily like each other. The ongoing flap over oil drilling in…

Why I support Crosscut

For years, we’ve watched the changing landscape of journalism transform the way we get and understand information. There are so many ways to get information…

Guest Opinion: Where should Port draw line on oil?

What is really going on with that Port of Seattle lease with Foss Maritime? Port Commissioners have been getting an earful from environmental leaders upset…

Commentary: Smart choices on transportation money?

There has been much ink devoted to the challenges we face in the Puget Sound Region due to rapid population growth. Seattle itself is considered the…

Can Canada ease our transportation mess?

America’s infrastructure is in disrepair. Decades of deferred maintenance, complex and sometimes contradictory regulations across various agencies and levels of government, and a combination of…

The Tacoma-Seattle port alliance: More challenges still ahead

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma made a big splash last week with the announcement that they were pursuing the creation of a Seaport Alliance…
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