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Seattle should just say no to May Day riots

Every first day of May since 2012, the large, loud and peaceful May Day march featuring thousands has been easily overshadowed by several dozen people…

Don’t let Trump kill Teach for America

When I think about how teachers make a difference for students, I consider a fifth grader I taught in Atlanta during my second year in…

On Earth Day, check your privilege

On the first Earth Day 47 years ago Saturday, some 20 million Americans marched to focus attention on the need to protect our environment. Here…

What Trump doesn’t get about salmon recovery

Across Washington, citizens and government officials have worked hard to craft and implement salmon recovery that makes sense for local communities. This collaborative process has…

Ed Murray vs. the media

The Seattle Times is picking on me, says Mayor Ed Murray. In an op-ed in The Stranger on Friday morning, Murray argued that the city’s…

Dear Scott Pruitt, you’re making a mockery of the EPA

Editor's note: When Michael Cox left the Environmental Protection Agency last week after more than two decades with the agency, he couldn't resist a few parting…

Seattle’s car megatunnel is here. Can the city still lead on climate?

With Bertha completing its long-delayed, expensive trip under Seattle, much of the focus understandably goes to cost and traffic concerns. What often doesn’t make the…

Tribal nations can’t afford to pick parties

A version of this column originally appeared at TrahantReports.com.    In my writing about Indian Country, it would be easy to shape every column as doom and…

King County deserves more public funding for arts and culture

In 2009, Denny International Middle School offered just one orchestra class. These days, the Southwest Seattle school offers four. For the last seven years, the…

Give Washington’s working people a (tax) break

As the deadline looms for the Legislature to fully fund public schools in our state, lawmakers, city and county officials, and community leaders are sharing…

Why Seattle should unload its fossil fuel investments

Given President Donald Trump’s intentions to dismantle all efforts to tackle climate change, it is vital that Seattle respond by doubling-down on policies that protect…

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…