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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…

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…