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Inslee had a goal to cut carbon emissions. Where are the results?

Washington state is on track to reduce carbon emissions from transportation by 17 percent by 2020, meeting a goal set by the governor. The 2014…

SOS: NOAA funding cuts would hurt coastal Washington

Mike Cassinelli is the owner of Beacon Charters in Ilwaco, at the mouth of the Columbia River. Mike makes his living taking recreational anglers fishing…

Best of 2017: Amazon earned Seattle’s hostility

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. Amazon’s recent…

In the era of #MeToo, Reichert can take a stand for victims

Congressman Dave Reichert has made standing up for the rights of crime victims a hallmark of his Congressional career. Building on his experience as King…

As taxes rise, we can’t forget our youngest residents

America does less to prepare its youngest children to enter kindergarten than nearly all other countries in the world with advanced economies. Two nationally respected…

Washington state should embrace freight rail

A recent recommendation from the Washington state energy council to reject the expansion of Port of Vancouver speaks to a profound anti-business mentality by a vocal…

Keep Washington’s kids in the classroom, not in jail

During the 2018 state legislative session, Washington should join a growing number of states in ending the outdated practice of detaining — or jailing —…

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…

Trump’s census plans should worry us here

There are certain things we just expect from our government. Safe drinking water, working street lights and timely help from first responders. Likewise, we simply…

Want to close Seattle tech’s gender gap? Start with health care

Seattle-area companies have a woman problem. The Seattle area is home to many significant global companies (Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile, Zillow, Valve), and is a…

4 reasons we don’t vote — and how to change them

Here in the Northwest, we count ourselves fortunate to live in a hub of civic innovation, where fostering solutions to intractable policy problems is a…

I am a gun owner and gun-violence prevention starts with me

I recently read John Carlson’s Crosscut commentary, “3 ways to find common ground on guns.” Carlson says both sides are missing the mark because, “conservatives…

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,…

So how many #metoos is enough?

Somewhere out there is a magic number — a threshold that, once crossed, means that maybe Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby or the next as-yet-unnamed…

All Seattle workers deserve a retirement plan

As a small business owner who supports the landmark steps Seattle has taken to protect its workers in recent years, I was thrilled to recently…

Wolf recovery is something a divided WA can get behind

This story originally appeared on High Country News. A gray wolf looking for a home can’t do better than the state of Washington. That statement…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…