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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…

In Obama’s farewell, a hint of something new

The first artifact of the new year, then, will be a tweet by the outgoing President. It is a medium uncharacteristic of Barack Obama but…

The fight for a Washington income tax lives on

Looking back on 2016, there was one low-key but significant political event — in a year packed with political events — that deserves more attention:…

Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless

Margaret Pitka, age 41, was napping inside her tent near downtown when she was fatally shot by a gunman who fired through her tent flap.…

In Trump’s America, Seattle workers can lead

Within the local labor movement, we often joke that they should move AFL-CIO headquarters from D.C. to Seattle, because this is where workers have learned…

Seattle in 2017: Less talk, more walk

It’s 2017. God help us. A few weeks ago, the good people at CityLab, the Atlantic’s website celebrating all things urban, asked me to get out…

Mossback mania: Knute Berger’s best columns of 2016

As a newcomer to Seattle not very long ago, I asked around for suggestions on what I should read that would help me get my head…

Best of 2016: Exacting revenge for the West Seattle tree massacre

Cold-blooded revenge is seldom the proper motivation for setting urban policy. But it may be time for Seattle leaders to make an exception. A group of West Seattle…

Upzone opponents lean on false narrative

There has been a lot of debate regarding the proposed zoning changes in the University District. The Sierra Club and Young Democrats at the University…

Seattle media may be a ‘dumpster fire,’ but it can be saved

With the constant news of layoffs, buy-outs, and publications closing shop, it can sometimes seem like the Seattle news media is our own local contribution…

Why ‘burning dead trees’ isn’t a clean energy source

The debate over whether the burning of forest biomass (aka: wood) should be part of our national energy mix has been heating up for the…

Blind love for tech burned us on Election Day

As my father often reminded me, things will certainly get worse before they get better. But better will in fact come, even in the case…

Reality check: Our democracy isn’t “rigged”

These words jumped off my computer screen last week: Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the…

Big housing hurdles ahead under Trump and Ben Carson

This story originally appeared on KCTS 9. President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a former presidential candidate,…

Why Seattle can’t let go of the past

The media is full of stories bemoaning change in Seattle. Old cafes closing, landmarks demolished, efforts to save legacy businesses like that dive bar down…

Seattle’s construction noise is out of control — and terrible for your health

Seattle’s current noise code dates back at least to the 1970s, when Seattle was much smaller and little was known about the health impacts of…

How fascism crept into America

Since the presidential election Nov. 8, there has been much discussion of the “f” word, as President-elect Donald Trump and some of his advisors and…

Portland has what Seattle lost

For a Seattleite, entering Oregon is like visiting a foreign country. It’s familiar, but an alternate reality. Here we pump our own gas, in Oregon…

McGinn: Under Trump, Seattle may need to sacrifice for its values

Unbuffered by a Democratic House or Senate and with free rein to appoint conservative justices, we have no idea yet how rocky a Trump presidency…

Pramila Jayapal is the anti-Trump

There wasn't much for left-leaning Seattle to cling to. In the first 24 hours after the liberal nightmare became a reality, the Bernie Sanders and…