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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family ties initially brought Eleanor to Seattle. Anna, her only daughter, and her husband John Boettiger lived and worked here after he was appointed Seattle Post-Intelligencer publisher in the mid 1930s. Anna served as the paper's Women's Page editor.
In that Hanukkah Eve windstorm, we heard sad stories about cancelled events and ceremonies, about disabled customers who, without electricity to power elevators, were trapped in dark, heatless multi-storied buildings. Before power was fully restored, 13 people in the region died, mostly by carbon monoxide poisoning .
Trump had early proven himself a master at using a BANDWAGON strategy, flaunting physical trappings at his rallies: forests of flags, red MAGA hats, and Trump banners. He used not-so-subtle dog whistles to SCAPEGOAT and demonize immigrants, minorities, and Jews.
Those who spoke at AG Bob Ferguson's remote public hearing illuminated reasons why removal of the records would do incalculable harm. Among the speakers was Seattle City Councilmember Deborah Juarez who is registered with the Blackfeet Nation said, "Our history lives here. Let's keep it here."
It's probably not a surprise that it took some unusual factors to help bring so many women into power positions. The year-long pandemic likely played a role in changing voters' outlook on who and what matters. Social unrest also may have been a factor.