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Why science is so white, and why it needs to change

The following has been adapted from a speech the writer delivered at Seattle's March for Science on April 22.  Throughout my entire life, I have…

If you give a crap about the environment, pick it up

This story originally appeared in High Country News. When I’m 90, I’ll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of…

The future of KeyArena could look like this

Although much in their plans will get thoroughly nibbled and pecked until decision day June 30, two nationally recognized arena developers Wednesday succeeded in rocking…

Seattle’s car megatunnel is here. Can the city still lead on climate?

With Bertha completing its long-delayed, expensive trip under Seattle, much of the focus understandably goes to cost and traffic concerns. What often doesn’t make the…

One of the vocal Seahawks is really annoying

Many of the Seattle Seahawks are outspoken, and I love them for it. Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, to name a few, are often…

Rachel Dolezal: A lesson or a sideshow?

In her new memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World [282 pp. BenBella Books], Rachel Dolezal wastes little time…

How NEA dollars let one artist pay it forward

Ask artists about their inspiration or process and you could be a captive audience for some time. But ask about finances and you are likely…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…

When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

On a recent Civic Cocktail — a monthly interview program on The Seattle Channel — journalists had a chance to ask University of Washington President Ana…

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…

The one group that can rein in Trump? His own party

Congress is on a one-week recess. These breaks are intended to allow members of the House and Senate to return home and listen to the…

Seattle isn’t the national leader it thought it was

On election night 2016, Seattle learned just how much of a national outlier it is. During the previous eight years, the uplifting message of hope…

What surviving Nixon teaches us about Trump

When I was a boy, I worshipped the presidents. Some kids collected baseball cards. I ordered a sheet of faux postage stamps from a comic…

How one newspaper resisted internment

When September 11, 2001 occurred, some of us argued that a second date would now “live in infamy.” The first, of course, was December 7,…

Under Trump, Seattle and its businesses come together

Neo-feudalism seems to be the order of the day. Voters in cities like Seattle prepare for a long siege behind their urban walls, though political…

Fake news: Been there, done that

It’s time for a confession: I have perpetrated fake news. In fact, I got my start as a writer doing that. And I did it…

5 ways tribes can fight back against Trump

How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era? The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times…

Snowmageddon brings Seattle to its knees

A winter storm roared into the Emerald City Sunday night, blanketing streets and homes with snow and bringing the Pacific Northwest's largest metropolis to a…

The summer of 1970: When Seattle erupted

Monica Guzman of the Evergrey asked me recently about the intense feelings pulsing through Seattle in response to Donald Trump. The demonstrations at Kane Hall…

Turning away refugees can be a death sentence

In May of 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees, many of them women and children, left Hamburg aboard the MS St. Louis for a two-week voyage to…

Lawmakers look at ending carte blanche for police

This may be the year that Washington state’s unique law overprotecting police when they use deadly force is brought in line with those of other…

The media and Trump: What the Nazis can teach us

We’re in a “post-factual” world, a phenomenon embraced by the Trump administration from Day One when White House spokespeople blatantly lied to the press and…

Flag burning: Is Trump resistance going too far?

Around the intersection the faces were grim, and strangely quiet. Minutes earlier, the marchers had been loud, rowdy in the performative, almost rote way protests…

Tools for the Trump resistance

On Inauguration Day, the sun will rise and set even for #NeverTrump residents of the Northwest. Hopefully. And sometime Saturday, workers at Seattle’s Second Avenue…

How to deal with fascists — lessons from history

The so-called “alt right” is feeling its oats. With Donald Trump about to assume the presidency, white nationalists, supremacists and Neo-Nazis are newly empowered. Take…