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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…

Road Trip: Eastern Washington comes to Seattle

With masses of millennials seeking a profusion of opportunities in urban living, Seattle came in a few years ago at No. 10 densest among the…

Seahawks furious over Trump’s ‘SOB’ rant

We learned this week that Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett was among the co-authors of a well-reasoned, respectful letter to the NFL seeking a partnership for an awareness month…

KeyArena deal needs a bit of Seattle skepticism

Asked if there was anything that would keep her Uptown Alliance from saying yes to the low-risk but high-pressure $600 million private proposal to make…

Amazon earned Seattle’s hostility

Amazon’s recent announcement that it plans to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle campus has triggered a depressingly predictable flood of panic…

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…

Back to school shouldn’t mean back to principal’s office

In Seattle Public Schools, African-American middle school students are three-and-a-half times as likely to be disciplined as other students. Although black children make up roughly…

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…

You might miss Dave Reichert when he is gone

We may not see the likes of outgoing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert again. Whatever else critics on the right and left might say, the moderate…

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…

Atlantic salmon have no business being here

It was a gorgeous summer evening on Orcas Island. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt, I dug my bare feet into the sand on a friend’s…

More than lip service: Why WSU must confront white supremacy

Despite our sense of post-racial superiority, heightened since November 2016 and in the aftermath of Charlottesville, racism plagues our state. The Southern Poverty Law Center…

Bike share and helmets: Let’s be realistic

It is a pleasure to see the orange and green from the new Seattle bike share programs bikes scattered around the city.  We will soon…

Trump could turn back clock on tribal land ownership

During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But under the Trump administration, that…

I was on Trump’s art committee. Here’s why I quit

Musician. Army veteran. Mom. Lawyer. Citizen. Since resigning from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities with 15 colleagues last week, many are…

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: the city of never-ending change

Four decades living in Seattle have made this city home that, even though I was born elsewhere, I can surely claim it as my own.…

Democrat, Republican and something in between?

There has been a mountain of words written in recent years — and particularly since the 2016 election — about the dysfunctional state of U.S.…