Washington state is well known for its Rube Goldbergian tax system. We have no income tax, but do have a regressive sales tax, a punishing B&O tax, high property taxes, and countless charges and fees that make us taxpayers feel as if we're being nibbled to death by ducks. The appeal of Tim Eyman's "$30 tabs" mantra was its simplicity: Can't we just make one thing easy? Apparently not.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
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Stories for Dec. 31, 2007
What do we remember of the past tonight? Our correspondent recalls a long-ago journey through Afghanistan and the images that became indelible.READ MORE 1 COMMENTS
Only three U.S. cities are still resisting the tumbling real estate market: Charlotte, N.C., Portland, and Seattle. At least so far. This survey in the Los Angeles Times paints a picture of slow sales, crossed fingers, and anxiety. So what makes the three cities defy gravity? The strong economy keeps drawing newcomers, who keep the demand for housing steady. Seattle real estate blogger Larry Cragun is quoted as citing three ingredients for keeping prices high: "lakes, mountains, and liberals." Why liberals? They create an anti-development attitude that sharply limits land for building homes, says the blogger for RealEstateUndressed.com.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Despite the fact they are both playoff-bound and have identical records, there's just no comparison. The Giants, after all, nearly beat a 16-0 team. The Seahawks lost to a 4-12 team.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Transportation, impact studies, Big Brother, newspaper technology, and the essence of modern Seattle: Who knew this stuff would be interesting and popular?READ MORE 4 COMMENTS