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

Does Seattle Need Gunshot Location Detection Technology?

ShotSpotter -- like a persistent door-to-door salesman -- keeps coming back to pitch Seattle. In his proposed budget, Mayor Bruce Harrell included a $1.8 million surveillance pilot centered on the controversial gunshot-location-detection system.

A Coming-of-Age Story: Cassidy Hutchinson Takes the Stage

Mark Meadows said he’d take a bullet to get Trump back in the White House and asked Hutchinson if she too would take a bullet for Trump. Cassidy joked, “Perhaps in the thigh.”

Empire of the Son: Rupert Murdoch’s Succession

Most commentators doubt the elderly Rupert’s apparent step down. Politico senior opinion writer Jack Shafer had only one word for the notion Rupert would resign control: preposterous.

Memo to Seattle Police: Everyone Deserves Respect

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. 

Sharon Lee’s 30-year Crusade for Low-Income Housing

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.

Endangered Species: Editorial Cartoonists

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.

My Kingdom for a Horse: The Republican Shakespeareans

One wonders how much fun Will Shakespeare would have had with Ron DeSantis, the bowdlerizing autocrat and his “vaulting ambition” and his rictus-like “smile and smile and be a villain.”

How Women Have Changed American Journalism

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).

What Have They Done to My Martini?

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.

Primary Analysis: City Hall Backlash? Who, Me?

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.