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Welcome to Seattle! Oh, what, you’re leaving?

The great writer Wallace Stegner, who once lived in rural Redmond, wrote about settlers in the American West. He said they came in two types,…

Seattle: lose your ego, get an ambassador

Seattle has an image problem. You certainly hear about it East of the Cascades. On recent trips I’ve heard a litany of complaints. Wenatchee’s skyrocketing…

Liberal Seattle has Republican roots

Former Washington Congressman John Miller died this week. He was a Republican who served a decade of terms in his Seattle-area district. First elected in…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

A decade of Seattle street protests

  If you wonder whether one person can still make a difference, consider the case of George P. Hickey. In 1989, Hickey, a middle-aged truck…

Just another immigrant here, Mr. Bannon

On a recent TV interview, Steve Bannon, former White House adviser and representative of the Force’s dark side, disputed the notion that America was a…

The rise and dramatic fall of Seattle’s mayor

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, as Seattleites learned this summer when a yellow haze engulfed the city. That was mirrored in the haze that has…

The Northwest is a sellout. Can it get its noir back?

Remember “Northwest noir”? If you’re old enough, you do; and if you’re not, you’ll become acquainted soon since it’s part of a trend in cultural…

Bidder beware: You’ll get hooked on Amazon

Amazon has just launched a new reality TV series. They are looking to build a new, second headquarters in a North American city other than…

The burning of the Columbia Gorge is a tragedy

Yellow skies and red suns: Seattle is literally inhaling the remnants of Northwest forests as fires ravage the region, from western Montana’s Glacier National Park…

A surprising find: Eurasian city poised for a Seattle-style takeoff

There comes a moment in traveling when you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. On a recent trip to Kazakhstan, that moment came for me…

How the Vietnam War shaped a Seattle protest generation

The closest I ever got to Vietnam was a squat unremarkable building in Interbay on 15th Avenue West, just north of what is now a…

Seattle’s love-hate relationship with tourists

Seattle is a great city in the summer. The scenery is at its finest, and downtown is abuzz with visitors from around the world. Much…

Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

National parks’ future could be in Pioneer Square

It's a time of year when many of us are off in Washington's biggest national parks: Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades. But a small park unit…
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