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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.…

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…

What a park in the ID tells us about urban life

The expanded Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown International District (CID) is now open to the public. Not in the official sense with ribbon cutting…

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Both hotbeds of resistance, what Seattle can learn from Detroit

Three years ago, I arrived in Seattle after spending the past fourteen years living in and around Detroit. On the surface, the two cities seemed…

I’m not sure I’m a Republican anymore

For me, and I imagine most Americans, the election of Donald Trump raised a host of disturbing questions. Now, six months into this new political…

Fate of UW campus in hands of state Supreme Court

“This is what this case is all about,” said attorney Patrick Schneider. He is standing before the members of the Washington State Supreme Court in…

Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?

I admit it. I’m an Ivar’s fan. After all, they once named a cocktail after me. But it goes deeper than that. Ivar’s is a…

Why doesn’t Seattle manage the money it already has?

Seattle’s elected officials seem obsessed with trying to increase the city’s budget. A city income tax on the wealthiest households; a tax on soda. It…

In Trump era, can you be moderate and Republican?

It seems like poor timing to hold a Republican conference in a town with a Bavarian theme. Passing through the lobby of the Leavenworth hotel…

Evergreen story highlights how white liberals get it wrong

It wasn’t just the usual crew of neo-Nazis who rushed to the defense of the white professor at the center of the Evergreen State College’s…

On climate: We’ll always have Paris Seattle

There’s no climate salvation coming from the moderate wings of the White House. The Trump administration has made clear it will bulldoze international consensus and…

Until we can do better, build more tiny homes

In the search for housing for the homeless “we need more landlords to be engaged,” said Lauren McGowan, director of Financial Stability for United Way…