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In the era of #MeToo, Reichert can take a stand for victims

Congressman Dave Reichert has made standing up for the rights of crime victims a hallmark of his Congressional career. Building on his experience as King…

As taxes rise, we can’t forget our youngest residents

America does less to prepare its youngest children to enter kindergarten than nearly all other countries in the world with advanced economies. Two nationally respected…

After Bears Ears, no one’s public lands are safe

President Trump has public lands in the cross-hairs. On Dec. 4, he pulled the trigger, gutting two national monuments in Southern Utah. Washington should heed…

Washington state should embrace freight rail

A recent recommendation from the Washington state energy council to reject the expansion of Port of Vancouver speaks to a profound anti-business mentality by a vocal…

Keep Washington’s kids in the classroom, not in jail

During the 2018 state legislative session, Washington should join a growing number of states in ending the outdated practice of detaining — or jailing —…

McCleary is over. Now what? Strategy

It’s over. The seemingly endless McCleary court case is done. In return for a final, $1 billion boost to next year’s budget for K-12 educator…

Trump’s census plans should worry us here

There are certain things we just expect from our government. Safe drinking water, working street lights and timely help from first responders. Likewise, we simply…

Amazon, Seattle lag on climate but electric fleets could change that

While Tesla just unveiled its entry into freight transport with an electric semitruck, Amazon has been silent on the air pollution from its delivery operations.…

Let’s put a stop to bus pollution

You wave goodbye to your child or grandchild as she sits down inside a school bus.  You watch the door close and the bus pull…

If we can’t stop gun violence, we can plan for it

This month, a gunman opened fire in a San Antonio church, killing 26 congregants in the deadliest mass shooting ever in Texas. In October, in…

Want to close Seattle tech’s gender gap? Start with health care

Seattle-area companies have a woman problem. The Seattle area is home to many significant global companies (Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile, Zillow, Valve), and is a…

4 reasons we don’t vote — and how to change them

Here in the Northwest, we count ourselves fortunate to live in a hub of civic innovation, where fostering solutions to intractable policy problems is a…

I am a gun owner and gun-violence prevention starts with me

I recently read John Carlson’s Crosscut commentary, “3 ways to find common ground on guns.” Carlson says both sides are missing the mark because, “conservatives…

Homelessness is Seattle’s public health crisis

In 2015, Seattle and King County each declared a homelessness State of Emergency. Both have made commendable efforts since then to intensify outreach, coordinate services,…

Take a knee? Why we need to rise up for the working class

The Vietnam War, Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s PBS masterpiece, offers fresh perspective on the origins of America’s Cold Civil War. The documentary spurred hope…

A local cautionary tale for shrinking national monuments

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted a report to President Trump recommending reducing the size of six national monuments, including Utah’s Bears Ears. He…

The good and very bad of Cantwell-backed energy bill

The Puyallup tribe has filed a lawsuit against Puget Sound Energy to stop a $275 million LNG facility in Tacoma. They argue that the LNG…

Oliver: We need to talk about endorsements

Endorsements are political tradition. Some so expected (and accepted) Seattleites treat them like a crystal ball. Whomever The Seattle Times (establishment) and The Stranger (other…

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…

Alright Bezos, it’s time to step up on affordable housing

There’s just not enough affordable housing. The city and region need 50,000 more permanently affordable apartments pretty much immediately – if that were possible –…

4 ways the Seattle City Council can actually hear us

Congratulations to the surviving City Council candidates — and listen up! The residents of Seattle want to know how you will listen to them —…

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…