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Environmentalists are struggling with carbon tax proposal

It's a rainy Saturday night. My teen and I are headed to a birthday bash where there will be live Latin music and refuge from…

The real lessons from the Fizzle in the Drizzle

The series of weather events that were threatening Western Washington are now in our rear view mirror. While it was windy and several inches of…

Time for some adult supervision at City Hall

Outside the bubble that has settled over Seattle City Hall, it is easy to come to the conclusion that our city’s government has become untethered…

Fortress Seattle: Why the fight against the new police ‘bunker’ matters

After nearly six months of wrangling, Seattle’s mayor and the City Council recently agreed to halt plans to build the most expensive police station in…

Tearing down walls this election year, not building them

This election season seems to have a theme of walls. Donald Trump has proposed building a tall, “beautiful” wall along the United States’ border with…

A President Hillary Clinton could challenge Comcast, CenturyLink dominance

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray joined 41 other mayors and city leaders in an open letter to the mayors of Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC.…

Could families get real help when they need it most?

While the nation is preoccupied with presidential wars and impending elections, the next big thing is brewing almost unnoticed. It is a universal issue, but…

Bill Bryant’s not-so-bold stand against Trump

Bill Bryant had to do something. The Washington governor’s race was stuck, locked in place, with nothing to alter the fact that Gov. Jay Inslee…

It’s do-or-die time for Seattle police reform

Following a rough few weeks that saw a court ruling against the police chief and the resignation of the head of the police union, police…

Pro: We need a modern lands commissioner

Every four years, at the height of the presidential circus, voters scan a list of unfamiliar, down-ballot names and elect the chief environmental officer for…

Con: Timber does Washington good

During the time I worked at the state Department of Natural Resources, a meeting with members of the Washington Environmental Council stood out. They demanded…

Give City Council more power in neighborhoods

Mayor Ed Murray’s abrupt dismissal of the three-decades old district council system neatly encapsulates the dynamic neighborhood activists have complained of for generations: Seattle process…

Murray squanders chance for positive neighborhood reform

In rolling out a plan to change the way the city interacts with neighborhoods, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is following up on a concern of…

Seattle needs parks, not just ‘parklets’

I admit that my expectations might be way off. I grew up in Seattle in a part of town you might call The People’s Republic…

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…