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Opinion

Letting Murray stay in office is turning a blind eye to abuse

Thirty-three years ago I was a sophomore in high school when one night, I sat up in bed crying. For some reason, I had just…

Surviving prostitution: ‘Violence was my experience’

I hate maroon. Motels have some sort of preoccupation with the color maroon. The carpets are maroon, the lamps are maroon, even the shower stalls…

Tax my income and fix my city. Please.

I'm an engineer at one of our local tech companies, and I’m fortunate enough to qualify for the proposed income tax on Seattle’s affluent. Unlike…

Don’t be fooled: Health care repeal will hurt here

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, appeared on one of the Sunday ‎morning political talk shows this year and stated unequivocally that most Americans…

Affordable housing? It’s on Seattle’s wealthy

This story originally appeared on the South Seattle Emerald. When New York City fast food workers first hoisted the $15 minimum wage banner in late…

What we learn when we listen to students

Now is the time to listen to our students. Student voice is and has always been a powerful tool in leading educational change and leadership.…

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…