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Leslie Helm

Leslie Helm is the former Editor of Seattle Business magazine and former Tokyo Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times

At This Point Amazon Seems Unstoppable. But Don’t Be Too Sure

A major article concludes: “Jeff Bezos has won capitalism. The question for the democracy is, are we okay with that?”

Has Amazon Grown Too Large?

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, writer Charles Duhigg raises many of the concerns frequently expressed by Elizabeth Warren and others that Amazon may have become too powerful.

The Numbers Are In: Trump Trade War Slows Economy

Two economic reports released this morning underscore the extent to which President Donald Trump’s trade conflict with China is weakening the once-hot...

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TrumpWatch: Connecting Debt with Disease

Perhaps Trump’s relentless drive to “get this pandemic over with” is primarily driven by his business circumstances.

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.

Tracking the Pro-COVID Vote

The Covid numbers are quite stable, with a slight majority not ready to die. Texas is way more ready for death than Washington state, the land of wusses. .

Want Better Leadership? We Need to give our Leaders Executive Power

The splitting up of functions and blurring of responsibility stems from the days of Progressivism and Populism, where the only way to counter the railroads' conquest of the Legislature was to fracture power. Once there is this proliferation of offices and semi-responsibility, it becomes very difficult to remove the crabgrass.

A BC Snap Election Gives Government a Reinforced Majority

The pandemic has been well managed, textbook-style. Even so, the pandemic has hit hard, notably cratering the province’s tourism industry from cruise ships to wine tourism in the south Okanagan.