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  • Our divisive garments

    How many of us were told it wasn’t polite to discuss politics in mixed company? I would guess the answer is “a lot.”

    Of course, the important phrase in that rule was “mixed company."

  • Seattle by Night: Keep it on the down-low
    If First Avenue was so bad, why did all the young ladies look like they felt quite comfortable there? Why was it so crowded? We had heard of ladies of the night but we liked to think of them more as friends of the serviceman.  
  • The election of Donald Trump as president, and control of all three branches of government by radical Republicans, will drastically impact the numerous urgent social and political crises brought about by Seattle’s unprecedented economic growth.
  • After disaster's struck
    Well. Not too many people around here saw THAT ONE coming.
  • Reviving an analog book for a digital age
    I just reissued a big book, “LOSER: The Real Seattle Music Story,” about the ‘80s-’90s Seattle rock scene. But resurrecting a large and complicated book from the dark ages of 1995 can be a Herculean task.
  • A budget to benefit all?
    It’s that time of year when the City Council decides on the mayor’s proposed budget for the coming year. Owing to good economic times, Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a general fund budget of $1.2 billion — $300 million above what was available for city programs in 2015. A careful look it, however, shows it to be business as usual.
  • Guest Editorial: 'Two-second delay' at City People's site is a mile of nonsense
    This site will be developed, along with a myriad of other projects around the city. But let’s see that our neighborhood is developed with integrity.
  • Time to tell Congress: 'You're fired!'
    The president can use the bully pulpit to try and sway public opinion, or veto power to stop bad legislation in its tracks, but the real power to shape fiscal and social policy rests with the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • Seattle's music scene, 25 years later
    The music world, and especially the business of music, have changed vastly since 1991.
  • Sightline study whitewashes the housing crisis
    The virulently anti-neighborhood, pro-developer Sightline Institute recently posted a story attempting to prove that the demolition of low income and affordable housing in Seattle is not a problem.
  • Clinton v Trump
    The candidates for both major parties stretch the truth. Neither is particularly trustworthy. Republican nominee Donald Trump is a clueless outsider; meanwhile, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is the mirror opposite, a chameleonic insider. 
  • To drive, or not to drive

    The fuel shortage lingered following World War II but the ability to drive or own a car was a vital thing to look forward to after sacrificing for the war efforts. Passing the driver’s test was the main goal. The second was finding our first ride!

  • Guest Editorial: Felling trees and breaking trust

    This June, Velmeir Properties, developer of the City People’s site, hired an arborist to prepare a report on the trees that cover the eastern hillside where they want to build.  The report, which is publicly available on the city of Seattle’s website, reads like a cursory response to one question: “What will happen if we build a very big building here?”  

  • Guest Editorial: ST3 is a 'no' for me
    I oppose ST3, given what the plan includes and the cost of the proposal. Regarding the former, it appears that the plan will not solve the traffic problems in the three-county area. Regarding the latter, the cost is excessive.
  • With winter approaching, there’s a new clarity to Mayor Ed Murray’s approach to our homeless crisis.  Sadly, the only lesson learned from the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness seems to be that The Plan cannot fail. The plan can only be failed.
  • Heroin policy must live up to political theater
    The march of public progress is slow but sure. But rarely has that march seemed slower than on the opioid crisis. 
  • The harsh reality of the heroin crisis doesn’t mean our children should be forced to pick up used needles or condoms outside their schools.
  • The hydroplane connection
    In the ‘50s, males 18 and older had three choices:  Be drafted for two years, enlist three to four years or try to find work. 
  • The City Council voted Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, to begin considering legislation that would, in my view, establish a sweeping, new right for people struggling with homelessness to camp in tents or vehicles on public property across Seattle.
  • Ed Murray may have helped raise the minimum wage, but his agenda is far from progressive.
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