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Vacationing to support Hillary: ‘camp-ation’

It’s not exactly a bull market for older white males, which many people would say is just fine. Some, now retired, pine for work. Some…

At Hanford, a chance for a fuller telling of atomic history

In a Hiroshima restaurant one evening last fall, a Japanese peace movement leader and former mayor leaned toward me with a frown and asked, “Do…

How the Columbia River Gorge was saved

Smoke billowed from the wreckage of a Union Pacific oil train only yards from the Columbia River last weekend, emphasizing a nightmare scenario drawn by…

Fiery wreck in Oregon highlights risks of oil trains in cities

The oil train fire happened in as good a place as any: Just far enough from tiny Mosier, Oregon, to spare residents any loss of…

The twisted logic of Ann Coulter and the Oregon ‘patriots’

With the end of the occupation of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by right-wing extremists, bird watchers are eagerly reclaiming their right to access…

Seattle needs another woman mayor

Where’s Bertha? No, not that Bertha, the original Bertha. Where is Seattle’s woman mayor? Seattle has elected exactly one female mayor in our history —…

Despite warnings, Seattle still dangerously unprepared for megaquake

When it comes to our pathetic lack of action on earthquake safety in some of our most-used buildings, you can’t really blame the infamous Seattle…

Court orders feds to clean up World War II era nuclear site

The news slipped into the vacuum of Friday happy hour. Late on March 11, a U.S. District judge quietly issued a novella-length ruling, which may reshape the way…

Seattle politicians should curb their arena enthusiasm

There’s something about pro sports that makes us gluttons for punishment. And no, I am not just talking about the annual abuse dished out to…

Inslee to allow severe layoffs for state spending watchdogs?

There’s extra money flowing in to state government, enough that the Legislature added $200 million in new spending in the supplemental budget passed last week.…

Homeowners cut 100+ trees for better views. It’s time to lower the boom

UPDATE: There have been developments in this case since this story was published in March. Details at the end of this article.  Cold-blooded revenge is…

McGinn: Superdelegates poison the democratic process

On Saturday, Bernie Sanders voters (including me) flooded Washington’s caucuses and carried the day with 72.7% of the delegates awarded.  In my Greenwood precinct, the…

5 real fixes for homeless encampments

Shutting down a homeless encampment undeniably feels like decisive action against the phenomenon of people living outdoors, and is therefore gratifying to some. But it…

Why Seattle must tame “The Jungle”

For the past 20 years, the area at the base of Beacon Hill known as “The Jungle” has been a haven for homeless encampments, drug…

Oregon occupiers aside, there’s restlessness about West’s governance

The occupation of Malheur National Wildlife refuge in southern Oregon has generated national attention to rural angst and the revolutionary discontent in the West. While…

5 things lawmakers shouldn’t ignore

Gov. Jay Inslee will get the 2016 session of the Legislature into high gear with his State of the State speech today. He is already…

Why a blue state elects a purple government

Seattle residents, even the newest ones, know it in their hearts: Washington is a blue state. A lot of those newcomers, in fact, may have…

Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West

A splinter group of anti-government militants has occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon. They include the sons of Cliven…

The cutest local animal videos of 2015, reviewed by a nihilist

As purveyors of online content, we at Crosscut are under constant pressure to add more animal videos to the site. Animal videos mean clicks, our…

Year of the Seattle urbanist? Not quite yet

When the Sierra Club worked to defeat the Roads and Transit measure in 2007, a smart politico told us “you want to win the election,…

Mercer Islanders showcase a purer form of entitlement

When citizens gather to engage government employees, the results can be illuminating. Public town halls, “listening tours” and forums are ideal showcases for – as one…

Will Seattle get a more accountable City Council?

I have to admit to a certain lack of enthusiasm about the City Council races. In this first round, the new district system is less…

Welcome, President Xi. Now about those dissidents…

In Seattle, it’s déjà Henry Kissinger all over again. Like Woody Allen’s Zelig, Kissinger is the omnipresent figure who inserts himself into historic grip-and-grin photos, shape-shifting…

Kennewick Man: a never-ending nightmare for tribes

The most unique quality of Kennewick Man, the 8,500-year-old skeleton that eroded out of a Columbia River bank nearly 20 years ago, is his knack…

Guest Opinion: Historic Pioneer Square is under threat

I have been called a socialist. I have been called anti-development. I have been called a NIMBY. Call me what you will for defending my…