Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and late for the Seattle Times. In 2002, she quit to run for City Council where she served for 12 years. Since then she published a book of city stories titled “Citizen Jean.” She is now co-host of The Bridge aired on community station KMGP at 101.1 FM. You can email tips and comments to Jean at email@example.com.
If a metaphor were needed for a culture of disrespect for others, we’re likely to return to that hollow, mocking laugh on the Seattle Police Officers Guild audio. It underscores the imperative to promote respect for all people in the community in order to achieve what we have been seeking: an accountable police force we can respect.
The low-key Lee doesn’t dress the part of big-time developer. Most days she could easily be mistaken for one of her less-provident tenants. Explanation for her advocacy may lie in her interesting biography.
Those were days when almost every major newspaper had a staff cartoonist. Sad to say that is now only a distant memory. In last Sunday’s column, Horsey noted that in July alone, the McClatchy chain laid off three Pulitzer-prize-winning cartoonists in a single devastating day (Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee, Kevin Siers of the Charlotte Observer and Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader). Contrary to a subsequent mealy-mouthed news release lauding their work, the three cartoonists were dumped mainly because the hedge fund put profits above the community journalism it dishonestly professes to serve.
Once again, it was progress, backlash, and repeat again. What occasioned some mid-century breakouts were two things: war – when men left, women flooded newsrooms – and money (since women were paid a fraction of male salaries).
One of the main instigators of the late-century martini renaissance was Seattle’s annual Classic Martini Challenge. Initiated in 1992, the Challenge was a showdown between five local bars to prove who mixed the best martini.
Despite that negativity, Tuesday’s election early returns (some half of votes counted) didn’t begin to register as a blood bath. To the contrary. The three incumbents left in the running managed to survive the primary election, all three ahead of their nearest competitor.
Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy did a detailed analysis of the Democracy Voucher program across three elections. The study found vastly increased public participation among donors.
Early last year President Biden called on Congress to act, recognizing that the ERA has been properly ratified and (with the required two-year lapse) is now part of the U. S. Constitution. Technical reason for the hold-up is that the archivist of the United States David Ferriero has declined to act despite federal law requiring him to do so.