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Alexa, fix Seattle

Seattle has a lot of problems, but nothing technology won’t fix, right? Amazon has transformed the city. The company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is now the…

Seattle’s monument fails

As Washington state and the nation wrestle with Confederate monuments, controversial statues and memorials, it turns out that outrage, vandalism and removal are nothing new.…

What divides Washingtonians? It’s complicated

When it comes to political divides in Washington State, the fault lines are real. Most notably in what we think of as the Cascade Divide:…

An income tax in Seattle? It won’t happen. Ever

Citing the need for more money and less inequality, the Seattle City Council last summer passed an unprecedented ordinance to impose a 2.25 percent income…

So about that Space Needle time capsule…

Time capsules and the future go together, but when the futuristic Space Needle was built in 1962, it didn’t get one. That omission was rectified…

Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

Sure, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down — in 2019, after the new deep-bored tunnel route takes over. But don’t forget, there’s another large…

Don’t write off Sasquatch. Let’s research him

Sasquatch — also known as Bigfoot — continues to be a symbol of the great Northwest. Fifty years after the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of an…

Want police to de-escalate situations? Support this

The nation’s rising awareness of police violence was tragically brought home to our community this summer with the shooting death of Charleena Lyles in an…

What the election means for Seattle and the country

From brewpubs to ballrooms, roving on election night can yield insights beyond the numbers. Here are my five election-night takeaways. Seattle status quo breathes a…

Seattle should listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates

For all of its progressive bona fides, Seattle remains burdened by the familiar vestiges of American racism: People of color suffer here from inequities in…

Hold up, Kelly: Compromise on slavery?

Before a recent downtown breakfast, I chatted with former Republican Gov. and U. S. Sen. Dan Evans. I asked him what he thought about the…

Taxpayer money will defend Sawant, but that could’ve been avoided

In a lawsuit against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Seattle Police officers Scott Miller and Michael Spaulding allege that her intemperate characterization of Che Taylor’s…

Matt Taibbi’s past comes back to haunt him

Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Matt Taibbi headlined Crosscut’s annual Courage Awards breakfast, an event held to recognize our community's best and boldest leaders.…

JBLM: Just down the road, but light years away

Last Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended President Trump's attacks on a grieving Army widow. Kelly’s lie regarding 2015 comments made by…

A $70 barrier to equity at national parks

My circle of colleagues is jammed with people of color who were inspired to work for equity and inclusion in the outdoors after a transformative…

Don’t cry for Seattle Weekly. It’s not dead

The news late last week that big changes were afoot for Seattle Weekly was greeted by former staffers like a death in the family. For…

It’s time to prioritize wolves over livestock

This story originally appeared in High Country News. It is a popular notion among some conservationists that the way to win acceptance for predators like…

We shouldn’t play politics with our kids’ health

Ten years ago, the idea of providing health care for all Washington state children regardless of ability to pay was just a dream. However, thanks…

The Amazon groveling is turning into a sport

The deadline for Amazon’s HQ2 bidders has passed with a flurry of embarrassing promo efforts by North American cities groveling to serve. Now that Amazon…

Are farm-raised salmon a ‘pollutant’?

If an Atlantic salmon swims free in the Pacific, is the fish itself a form of pollution? This little koan has a lot of legal…

So how many #metoos is enough?

Somewhere out there is a magic number — a threshold that, once crossed, means that maybe Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby or the next as-yet-unnamed…

All Seattle workers deserve a retirement plan

As a small business owner who supports the landmark steps Seattle has taken to protect its workers in recent years, I was thrilled to recently…

3 ways to find common ground on guns

When a mass shooting takes place like last week’s awful killing of 58 in Las Vegas, political reaction is both quick and utterly predictable:  Democrats…

Wolf recovery is something a divided WA can get behind

This story originally appeared on High Country News. A gray wolf looking for a home can’t do better than the state of Washington. That statement…

I sat in protest with an athlete in the ’90s. It’s complicated

Twenty-one years ago, I stood with — or, rather, sat with — a black, Muslim NBA player who during the 1995-96 season stopped standing for…