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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ellis Conklin

Ellis is a longtime newspaper journalist whose resume is littered with newspapers that have gone belly-up over the past three decades – the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, United Press International, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, to name a few. Ellis and his wife, also a journalist from yesteryear, now shuttle (their two-year-old female Aussie named Piper in tow) between Seattle and their beach home in Manzanita.

Same as it Ever Was: Alaska Politics And Recalling A Rogue Governor

State politics in the land that brought you Sarah Palin populism are as jumbled and fraught as ever as current governor Mike Dunleavy faces a recall vote for budget cuts so draconian that even the populists are yelping. But then, politics has always been colorful sport in the 49th.

On The Seattle Menu: Plague Mentality

It seems to me, having just gotten my daily fill of coronavirus coverage on CNN and MSNBC, that we are moving rapidly into the strange realm of plague mentality, which often results from ignorance and fear.

Washington’s Structural Inequality – To Fix It We Need An Income Tax

“It is literally true, and I dare someone to contradict it, that if we reformed our tax system, it would do more to help the poor in the immediate future than anything else.”

Latest Post Alley Posts

Russia Abruptly Locks Down: Borders Closing, Air Travel Suspended, Public Told to Stay Home

Putin’s posture during the pandemic had for weeks mimicked that of Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who persisted in brushing off the threat to their countries from a virus that was spreading rapidly elsewhere.

The Story Behind The Story Of Trump’s Failed Attempt To Buy A German Vaccine

When the president reportedly offered $1 billion for a possible Covid-19 vaccine from a German biotech, all hell broke lose. History helps explain why.

Italian Diary: A Slowdown In New Cases

The effects of Covid-19 creeps closer even as the rate of new cases is declining.

Testing… Testing… (and our anxiety grows)

It is not a sin to be anxious. It comes with the territory. But when we’re too anxious, when our anxiety takes over, we are more likely to do bad things.

Put your TrumpBux to work

Just between us: do you really need your $1,200 share of the federal largess?