Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later for the Seattle Times. In 2003, she quit to run for Seattle City Council where she served 12 years. She now writes for Westside Seattle and has been a co-host on The Bridge, aired on community radio station KMGP. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

Bumber-Shot: A Beleaguered Seattle Festival goes Back to the Drawingboard

This year would have marked the beloved music and arts festival's 50th anniversary. Instead, owing to continuing virus concerns and insufficient lead time, Bumbershoot has been postponed until 2022.In typical Seattle style, the pathway ahead has been handed over to a committee.

Trouble in Paradise: Lummi Islanders React to a National Expose of its Famous Restaurant

Noted a long-time resident of the Island, "Chefs at the Willows may be world famous but we have a lot of good cooks on the island. I can't wait 'til we can go back to the island's Potluck Dinners."

National Public Radio @50: The Founding Mothers of NPR

Some women in the 1970s marched for equality or protested the lack of it. But Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie used their distinctive perches to elevate sex in another way -- working many times harder than men while wielding microphones, as Susan described them, as "magic wands waved against silence."

The Gray Lady Grandly Opts Out of Op-Eds

It still seems a shame to dump a lively sounding term like op-ed, substituting (drum roll, please) "Guest Essays."

A Seattle Community Newspaper Empire calls it Quits

April sees the death throes of half a dozen community newspapers -- Ballard News-Tribune, Highline Times, West Seattle Herald, Des Moines News, SeaTac News and White Center News -- final print editions of the Robinson Newspapers chain

How #MeToo Morphed into #BalanceTonPorc

Part of the backlash against #MeToo comes from virtue exhaustion. Democrats are sick of holding party members to standards that Republicans feel no necessity to meet.

To Have a Democracy, You Have to Let People Vote

State laws are being proposed under the guise of curbing voter fraud. Yet reliable studies have shown there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Voter fraud essentially is an illusion, an excuse to clamp down on ballot access and make voting more difficult, especially for minority voters and for young and low-income voters.

Women Who Have Shaped Our Region: Let Me Add to the List

The Legacy Washington list of notable women is a most impressive group but the list is far too short. There are dozens who should have also been included, so I’d like to nominate a few.

How to Hand-Publish a Book: A Women’s Writers’ Group Bonds

"Writing While Masked," is well-timed, arriving during Women's History Month. The bad news is that it may be difficult to locate a copy, even though more are being printed.

Tough and Caring: New Book on “Kamala’s Way”

Politicians who make it in San Francisco, know how to win. It's no coincidence that some of the nation's toughest current and former players, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gov. Gavin Newson, former Sen. Barbara Boxer and Kamala Harris, all have San Francisco roots.

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