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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

David Brewster

David Brewster, a founding member of Post Alley, has a long career in publishing, having founded Seattle Weekly, Sasquatch Books, and Crosscut.com. His civic ventures have been Town Hall Seattle and FolioSeattle.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marvelous Marrowstone Revisited

All in all, an impressive encounter with what a small city can do, and how a Seattle arts organization can quietly move, with decades of commitment, to the front ranks.

Get a Grip! It’s Crucial To Get First Things First

There has to be a better way to understand these candidates than tossing them, one by one, off the island.

A good/bad night for Warren

Elizabeth Warren, like Bernie Sanders, spent the evening putting herself on a distant island and pulling up the piers.

Mueller Agonistes

The more Mueller faltered, the more I saw him as a living symbol, doddering into despair, of what has happened to the Old Republic he embodied.

Impeachment, Plan B

Granted, having Congress try (and likely fail) to impeach Trump is a high enough risk to make this option largely hypothetical, and maybe politically suicidal. So what...

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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.