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How to have a healthier University District — with more people

Seattle is recognized around the world as a leader in addressing climate change. We were one of the first cities in the nation to embrace…

Puget Sound’s ticking nuclear time bomb

In September of 1980, routine maintenance work on a U.S. Air Force Titan II missile near Damascus, Arkansas, became a life-and-death crisis. The trouble started…

The fight for a Washington income tax lives on

Looking back on 2016, there was one low-key but significant political event — in a year packed with political events — that deserves more attention:…

Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless

Margaret Pitka, age 41, was napping inside her tent near downtown when she was fatally shot by a gunman who fired through her tent flap.…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

In Trump’s America, Seattle workers can lead

Within the local labor movement, we often joke that they should move AFL-CIO headquarters from D.C. to Seattle, because this is where workers have learned…

Upzone opponents lean on false narrative

There has been a lot of debate regarding the proposed zoning changes in the University District. The Sierra Club and Young Democrats at the University…

Why ‘burning dead trees’ isn’t a clean energy source

The debate over whether the burning of forest biomass (aka: wood) should be part of our national energy mix has been heating up for the…

Seattle’s construction noise is out of control — and terrible for your health

Seattle’s current noise code dates back at least to the 1970s, when Seattle was much smaller and little was known about the health impacts of…

Stores can’t use religion to discriminate

Consider the consequences if the courts were to decide that sincerely held religious beliefs legally justified a business owner in refusing service for a same-sex…

Green voters seem confused this election

Washington environmentalists have their priorities completely backward as we approach Election Day. On one hand, most major green groups have either come out against, or…

Washington can do better on climate than I-732

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut is publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives.  Progreso: Latino Progress is an advocacy organization…

I-732: Washington state’s chance to lead the climate fight

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut is publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives.  As our society becomes more polarized, initiatives…

Money in politics? Initiative would make it worse

Entering the final days of the 2016 election, Crosscut will be publishing viewpoints about general election ballot measures from various perspectives throughout the weekend. Initiative 1464…

Why gun control initiative is unfair to mentally ill

It was with mixed emotions that I approached the writing of this article against Initiative 1491, a measure that seeks to limit gun violence but…

A personal tale of gun violence drives ballot effort

Initiative 1491 will give Washington families a tool to prevent gun violence tragedies. It is the most important thing we can do this year to…

Initiative would make state less corrupt

Who are Washington state elected officials accountable to? In theory, our public servants answer to the women and men who elect them to represent their…

Minimum wage measure would bulldoze construction firms

This article is part of series of op-eds from Crosscut, highlighting the dueling perspectives on election ballot measures. In the construction industry, we make it a…

Washington’s low minimum wage is bad for business

As a small business owner and a family doctor, we might seem like an unlikely duo to be writing an op-ed in support of a statewide…

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…

Hotel worker protections would be a win for women’s rights

Seattle protects women. It’s what our city, with a legacy of dynamic female leaders, does. Seattle has a long history of brave women fighting for…

‘Safety’ initiative aims to force hotels to unionize

Crosscut is publishing articles presenting varying perspectives on the general election's ballot measures. Hotels are stewards of our hospitality community and represent Seattle to the…

Carbon tax would hit working people hard

My whole life I’ve been an advocate for social justice and for the rights of working people. Whether it was on the job as an…

Tax carbon polluters, not working families

We’re three people of color. Two of us are immigrants. Another one of us grew up in poverty with two siblings and one working immigrant…

Trump’s globalization message grows on the Northwest

Donald Trump’s theme of “Make America Great Again” rings hollow in the Seattle area, where upside potential is all around, and the need to return…