Dick Lilly

Dick Lilly is a former Seattle Times reporter who covered local government from the neighborhoods to City Hall and Seattle Public Schools. He later served as a public information officer and planner for Seattle Public Utilities, with a stint in the mayor’s office as press secretary for Mayor Paul Schell. He has written on politics for Crosscut.com and the Seattle Times as well as Post Alley.

Book Review: Death and Consequences on Hilo

Eric Redman’s second crime novel set in Hawai’i, “Death in Hilo,” is better than his first, lots better, and “Bones of Hilo” which came out in 2021 was itself a strikingly good first novel.

Seattle Needs More Cops and Fewer “Debates”

Simply put, Seattle needs a police department large and smart enough (and openly responsive to review by the city’s Office of Police Accountability and Community Police Commission and others) to investigate and arrest those involved.

Shaken to our Core: AI as a Change Agent

Remember Google’s early motto: “Don’t be evil”? With superintelligence they might be. And there’s Facebook’s motto, “Move fast and break things.” They’re racing to develop superintelligence and this kind of thinking still animates the tech companies. With AI they’re pretty likely to break things.

Here’s How to Fix Downtown: Better Parking and Tax Breaks

And how many street parking places have been lost in recent years to bike lanes and bus lanes, desirable as they may be? With nearly nothing available at the curb, parking costs probably deter a lot of people from even thinking about shopping downtown.

When Culture Conflicts Become Threats to Free Speech

The underlying issue is what, if any, circumstances allow groups to overpower freedom of speech, as happened at Hamline University.

An Alarming Racial Disparity in Seattle Public School Reading Scores

Between 60 and 70 percent of BIPOC students in Seattle can’t read effectively. You don’t need dozens of academic studies to know that any weak reader will continue to do poorly in school.

Poison Always Leaves a Trace: Navalny Documentary Wows Opening-Night SIFF Audience

It would be hard to imagine a greater example of the power of film, the essence of what SIFF is all about.

An Emphasis on Homelessness and Public Safety

Most notably, after two years of variations on “defund the police” pushed by activists and most on the council, Harrell reassured Seattleites that the city would “enforce criminal laws” including “organized retail theft” while “wholly committed to avoiding the mistakes of the past.”

And Just Like That, An Elegant Affordable Housing Plan Fizzles

The basic proposal: Give landlords of qualified properties a real estate tax exemption in exchange for freezing rents at current levels for six years.

What You Pay For: Lessons from Swiss Schools

But at heart the Swiss program is very different. School for first graders is roughly 8 a.m. to noon which includes a 25-minute snack-time/recess. Then it’s walk home for lunch and back to school just two afternoons a week for classes between 1:45 and 3:20.