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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Joel Connelly

I worked for Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1973 until it ceased print publication in 2009, and SeattlePI.com from 2009 to 6/30/2020. During that time, I wrote about 9 presidential races, 11 Canadian and British Columbia elections‎, four doomed WPPSS nuclear plants, six Washington wilderness battles, creation of two national Monuments (Hanford Reach and San Juan Islands), a 104 million acre Alaska Lands Act, plus the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Street Fighter: When Nancy Reagan ran the White House

Karen Tumulty is a Washington Post columnist and was for years a hardworking reporter on the presidential campaign trail, not one of the repetitive ones you see on Cable TV. The Triumph of Nancy Reagan is her first book. It is the best treatment of the Reagan years since Lou Cannon’s President Reagan: The role of a lifetime nearly three decades ago.

Canada’s COVID Politics: Trudeau Ascendant

Canadians remain wary of opening their American border. As well they might be: British Columbia has recorded 5,108 new cases of the coronavirus over the first five days of April. While the pace is stepping up, vaccination has had a slower start north of the 49th Parallel.

Catholic Church’s Mixed Easter Message to Same-Sex Parishioners

The strongest response to the stern Vatican directive came from Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, who pronounced himself “ashamed for my Church . . . I mainly feel moral and intellectual incomprehension. I would like to apologize to all for whom this responsum is painful, incomprehensible. The pain the Church has caused them is today my pain.”

Saving the Land that Saved Canada’s Trumpeter Swans

The Edwards clan, who saved the Trumpeter swans from extinction, is long gone from Lonesome Lake, its farm buildings destroyed by a long-ago forest fire. A “re-wilding” has taken place at the lake, surrounded by the wilderness of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. What a wild place it is!

Microsoft Protests Georgia’s New Voter-Discouragement Law

Microsoft's Brad Smith: “We hope that companies will come together and make clear that a healthy business requires a healthy community. And a healthy community requires that everyone have a right to vote conveniently, safely, and securely.”

Short-Circuited: BC Premier Declares “Circuit Breaker” COVID Lockdown

Vaccination has had a relatively slow rollout, with just under 700,000 shots administered and just 87,000 B.C. residents fully immunized. Hence, a circuit breaker is now required until April 19 to break the chains of transmission.

Covid Relief Rescues Amtrak’s Historic Long-distance Routes

The Empire Builder was once a signature train for the Great Northern Railroad, advertised by a drawing of a mountain goat. Then and now, the train gives a sense of America’s vast spaces and scenic grandeur.

Joe Biden: Luck or Shrewd Planning?

Biden figured early that Democratic voters, or at least 75 percent of them, did not want the leftist “revolution” promised by Bernie Sanders. “It wasn’t just the party elites who didn’t want Sanders,” write the authors. “Most of the party’s voters didn’t want [Sanders], either.” Biden was able to become the “process of elimination” nominee.

The Politics of the Violence Against Women Act

The reauthorization would increase money for victims’ services, expand training for providers, and closes the “boyfriend loophole” that currently allows abusive former partners and stalkers with previous convictions to obtain guns.

Historic New Funding For Native Communities; Deb Haaland confirmed as Interior Secretary

The American Rescue Plan contains a whopping $31.2 billion for the country’s tribal governments and native communities. Most of the money will go straight to Indian Country,

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