Jean Godden

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

A Wakeup Call We Should Take Heed Of

Yes, prosecute those guilty of invasion of the Capitol but we also must hold enablers accountable.

“Promised Land” is Arguably the Best Presidential Memoir Ever

At times the book reads like a bromance. No surprise then when, late in his first presidential year, Valerie Jarrett pulls Obama aside to tell him of the deepening dissatisfaction among senior women in the White House. Obama responded by inviting a dozen women staffers to join him over dinner and heard their complaints.

Seattle Parks: A “Spiraling Crisis”

An ill-starred combination of factors has left numbers of parks dangerous and chaotic at the precise time when people have the most acute need for getting outdoors and for recreation space.

More Broken Bridges to Come?

The saga of the West Seattle Bridge, born in the aftermath of a catastrophic marine accident, is likely far from an anomaly. Seattle's bridges (somewhere around 124) are a threatened commodity.

More Coronavirus Victims: Women in the Workplace

The economic disaster has a female face -- a non-white female face. To discover the reason for this uneven burden, just look at the hardest hit businesses: restaurants, schools, travel, hospitality, personal care and even parts of the health care system. Those are the job sectors that have been most open to women in general but also to women of color.

A Dusty Future for the Seattle Times

Publisher Frank Blethen has just celebrated a 75th birthday and means to stick around another five years. He's worked with the fifth generation of the family and affirms they remain strong on never selling the paper.

Former Mayor Norm Rice’s new Book: Bringing People Together to do What

The focus of the book is the 1989 race for mayor, which Rice won handily. The city sent a mixed message, narrowly approving the anti-busing initiative, while electing the first black mayor in a city with only 10 percent black population.

Election 2020: Cliff-Hanging, Nail-Biting, Spine-Chilling…

One observation: Women matter. In Washington state, women voted overwhelmingly for Biden -- 66 percent to 32 percent, while menfolk headed the opposite direction, splitting 48-46 percent in favor of Trump.

Remembering Janice Niemi and All She Did For Women

Judge Niemi knew women needed encouraging because she herself had faced much prejudice when she graduated -- among the first women to do so -- with a J.D. degree from the University of Washington law school. In those days, there were few options open to her.

The Real Winner: Kristen Welker

The president came out second best to Biden, losing out on most issues with defensive responses ("it was China's fault"), looks-will-kill glares, frantic accordion hands, and obvious lies.