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Under Trump, Seattle and its businesses come together

Neo-feudalism seems to be the order of the day. Voters in cities like Seattle prepare for a long siege behind their urban walls, though political…

Want to fix infrastructure? Start with National Parks

As President Donald Trump works to make good on his pledge to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure, here’s a great place he can start: fixing America’s…

Patty Murray: I’ll vote no to Sessions and resist Trump

The day President Donald Trump announced he had picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to lead the Department of Justice, the phones in my office lit up.…

Trump’s anti-LGBTQ order will backfire — here’s why

Queer folks have good reason to worry. While Donald Trump may have appeared in the primaries to be more progressive on gay rights than his…

I’m a Republican, and I’m joining the protests

On Saturday morning over coffee I read a summary of Donald Trump’s executive order regarding refugees and immigrants. Then I read the order itself. And…

Fight ‘alternative facts’: Build a center for public media

Editors’ note: This guest opinion advocates for a center that could be of benefit to Crosscut, its sister organization KCTS 9 public television and their parent…

Lawmakers look at ending carte blanche for police

This may be the year that Washington state’s unique law overprotecting police when they use deadly force is brought in line with those of other…

Flag burning: Is Trump resistance going too far?

Around the intersection the faces were grim, and strangely quiet. Minutes earlier, the marchers had been loud, rowdy in the performative, almost rote way protests…

Safe injection works in Vancouver, and it can here

The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, is infamous for its open-air drug markets. In recent years, heroin, the neighborhood’s traditional drug of choice, has…

Tools for the Trump resistance

On Inauguration Day, the sun will rise and set even for #NeverTrump residents of the Northwest. Hopefully. And sometime Saturday, workers at Seattle’s Second Avenue…

The monster lurking behind school funding: an income tax

In this great state of ours, where so many people have so many diverse interests, there is one thing we can count on to unite…

4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener

There isn’t really a way around it — the 2016 national election was a big change for our country’s political calculus. President-Elect Donald Trump has…

How to have a healthier University District — with more people

Seattle is recognized around the world as a leader in addressing climate change. We were one of the first cities in the nation to embrace…

Puget Sound’s ticking nuclear time bomb

In September of 1980, routine maintenance work on a U.S. Air Force Titan II missile near Damascus, Arkansas, became a life-and-death crisis. The trouble started…

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:…

Will Washington Republicans sell out to Trump?

By all accounts, there is a battle raging over the direction of Donald Trump’s presidency. On one side is the Republican establishment, led by incoming…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

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…

Everything sucks, Seattle 2016 edition

Donald Trump. Brexit. Syria. For many of us, this was the worst year ever. There were terror attacks, countless tragedies, police shootings and natural disasters.…

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…

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…

High-rises are energy hogs, not climate solutions

The City of Seattle has declared itself a leader in the effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, having committed itself to achieving “carbon…

To keep military jobs in region, support a quality K-12 system

Two years ago, shock waves rippled through the region when the U.S Army disclosed it was planning to cut 11,000 troops and civilian employees at Joint…

Vance: Trumpism could leave moderate Republicans ‘politically homeless’

I am not old enough to remember Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy and King assassinations. But I do remember the start of the Gulf War…