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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…

Don’t write off Sasquatch. Let’s research him

Sasquatch — also known as Bigfoot — continues to be a symbol of the great Northwest. Fifty years after the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of an…

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,…

Washington’s school-funding nightmare is over — or is it?

No doubt, the justices are sick of this. Who wouldn't be? The Legislature has mostly shirked its constitutional duty to provide ample funding ever since…

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…

You might miss Dave Reichert when he is gone

We may not see the likes of outgoing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert again. Whatever else critics on the right and left might say, the moderate…

The burning of the Columbia Gorge is a tragedy

Yellow skies and red suns: Seattle is literally inhaling the remnants of Northwest forests as fires ravage the region, from western Montana’s Glacier National Park…

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 —…

Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

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…

Take the #3 or #4 downtown? Metro might be rerouting

This story originally appeared on The Urbanist. King County Metro is proposing to move the Route 3 and Route 4 off of James Street and…

They can pass a budget, but do WA lawmakers know their Beyonce?

It has been one hell of a month, hasn’t it? Washington narrowly avoided a state shut down, and it’s not only the legislators who are…

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 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…

The future of KeyArena could look like this

Although much in their plans will get thoroughly nibbled and pecked until decision day June 30, two nationally recognized arena developers Wednesday succeeded in rocking…

Think that beer is a pint? False!

Go to the Comet Tavern these days and you’ll notice something peculiar. No, not the fact that Seattle’s favorite “neighborhood bar” will sell you a…

In Obama’s farewell, a hint of something new

The first artifact of the new year, then, will be a tweet by the outgoing President. It is a medium uncharacteristic of Barack Obama but…

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.…

Seattle’s best new building of 2016 is a total dump

We will soon have a couple of spectacular new additions to Seattle’s skyline. One is The Mark, a quirky, angular tower being built by the…

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…

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…