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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…

Pipeline project poses major threat to San Juan region

There is a dichotomy that defines the Salish Sea, the network of waterways that includes Puget Sound, the San Juan region, and southwestern British Columbia. These deep,…

Stores can’t use religion to discriminate

Consider the consequences if the courts were to decide that sincerely held religious beliefs legally justified a business owner in refusing service for a same-sex…

After a brutal election night, a thread of hope for the Northwest

My editor asked me to write a column giving the view from 10,000 feet. I better not do it. I might jump. For progressives in…

Green voters seem confused this election

Washington environmentalists have their priorities completely backward as we approach Election Day. On one hand, most major green groups have either come out against, or…

The environmental arguments for ST3

A version of this post originally appeared on The Urbanist. The Seattle urbanist community got a little surprise this weekend when Alan Durning – executive…

Washington can do better on climate than I-732

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut is publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives.  Progreso: Latino Progress is an advocacy organization…

I-732: Washington state’s chance to lead the climate fight

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut is publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives.  As our society becomes more polarized, initiatives…

Money in politics? Initiative would make it worse

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut will be publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives throughout the weekend. Initiative 1464…

Why gun control initiative is unfair to mentally ill

It was with mixed emotions that I approached the writing of this article against Initiative 1491, a measure that seeks to limit gun violence but…

A personal tale of gun violence drives ballot effort

Initiative 1491 will give Washington families a tool to prevent gun violence tragedies. It is the most important thing we can do this year to…

Women’s rights, economic justice are at stake on Election Day

Never have we seen an election quite like this. A presidential candidate is coming after women and reproductive rights, people of color, working people, immigrants…

Oregon militia verdict feeds the politics of extremism

Whatever the outcome of the presidential election of 2016, America is and will remain divided. One candidate has refused to say whether he’ll abide by…