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Overtime pay for arts workers: the debate continues

"I believe that if right now there is a huge increase in salaries forced by the government, the organization I know best will have to do the very thing that will kill it: cut its quality."

Overtime Pay: Seattle Arts Groups On The Defensive

The arts groups are badly on the defensive. They are caught by their own shifts to social justice causes, particularly in the age of Trump.

Letter: KEXP Dissents From Arts Organizations’ Opposition To New Overtime Rules

Fundamentally, we believe that every person who works for KEXP brings tremendous value in advancing our mission, and deserves to be compensated fairly.

The Decline and Fall of the American Republic

Andrew Sullivan has written a long essay examining the harm Trump has done to this country. He finds the best parallel in the collapse of the Roman Republic.

The Never-Ending Organ Recital

When did conversation among people of a certain age get replaced by the never ending organ recitals?

A Pendulum Election for Seattle

It doesn't surprise me that the Seattle center-left candidates gained ground against the movement left in this week's primary.

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Overtime pay for arts workers: the debate continues

"I believe that if right now there is a huge increase in salaries forced by the government, the organization I know best will have to do the very thing that will kill it: cut its quality."

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It’s no wonder that gun rights, racism, white nationalism and issues of masculinity continue to swirl together in a toxic brew.

Hip Portland Confronts Its Nihilists

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Two Writers: One Bernadette

If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.

A Better Way to Run Seattle Elections?

We aren't getting better-quality candidates. The coming city council is likely to have five of nine rookies. Everyone runs with 50 shades of blue, contrary to the hopes of the conservatives who pushed through this reform. Voters tune out.

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Overtime pay for arts workers: the debate continues

"I believe that if right now there is a huge increase in salaries forced by the government, the organization I know best will have to do the very thing that will kill it: cut its quality."

Exploring the Guns-Race Connection

It’s no wonder that gun rights, racism, white nationalism and issues of masculinity continue to swirl together in a toxic brew.

Hip Portland Confronts Its Nihilists

Portland has not become a micro version of Hong Kong; most of the activity is not directed against a repressive government. It’s primarily a staged event for social media, used to recruit for a motley assortment of fascists and white nationalists on the right and masked and violence-prone pushback on the left.

REVIEW: “Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die”

Before Medic One, Seattle firefighters had responded to thousands of medical emergencies. But residents needed a faster and more effective life-saving service regardless of their location or ability to pay, and there needed to be an equitable way to cover the costs of this new service.

Two Writers: One Bernadette

If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.

Another One Down: What We Need To Do NOW To Cut Pedestrian Accidents

For pedestrian deaths and serious injuries, Seattle is rapidly careening toward by far the worst year in recent memory.

Hip Portland Confronts Its Nihilists

Portland has not become a micro version of Hong Kong; most of the activity is not directed against a repressive government. It’s primarily a staged event for social media, used to recruit for a motley assortment of fascists and white nationalists on the right and masked and violence-prone pushback on the left.

Another One Down: What We Need To Do NOW To Cut Pedestrian Accidents

For pedestrian deaths and serious injuries, Seattle is rapidly careening toward by far the worst year in recent memory.

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