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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…

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…