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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Peter Goldmark

Raised on a ranch in the Okanogan highlands, Peter traveled to UC Berkeley for a doctorate in molecular biology. Returning to the land that he loves, he managed the family ranch for over thirty years before turning to politics and serving as the state Commissioner of Public Lands leading the Department of Natural Resources from 2009-2017.

Our State Was Too Slow In Reacting To COVID-19

Clearly there was a new disease striking people in China, and there were subtle attempts to suppress this information. Certainly, there was sufficient warning to be vigilant about a repetition of SARS, or worse.

Impeachment Memories of Bill Ruckelshaus’ Courageous Act of Principle

Both Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus chose their duty to our nation (and honoring their promises to Congress) over their own career interests. Their example marked a turning point in the Watergate scandal, and inspired me, a lifelong Democrat, to reconsider my belief that partisanship would always prevail.

Latest Post Alley Posts

Fairness: Why We Need To Reform Our Property Tax System

Our present tax system threatens existing Black homeowners, works in conjunction with lending practices to create barriers to homeownership, and helps accelerate gentrification.

If God Has Anointed Trump, Is It Time To Dump God?

“The Christian God seems to be losing it,” an unhappy Southern Baptist says. “He anointed Trump. Whom will He anoint next? Nicolás Maduro? Kim Jung-Un? Betsy DeVos?”

COVID Casualties: Another Northwest Institution Says Goodbye

Experienced woodworkers might put it all together in a couple of weeks, but amateurs spend months, working weekends and calling Pygmy now and then for advice. And no doubt many of those kits remain boxed or partially constructed, stowed in the garage rafters.

The Great Realignment: A Protestant Revolution Brewing?

"My guess right now is that post-Protestantism will burn brighter than the religious right as a moralistic flame within the liberal order, but then pretty rapidly burn out."

Durkan Approval Slips: Does She Still Have A Base?

Durkan has governed as if there really is a Center in Seattle politics. Certainly there used to be: a progressive business/legal community; pragmatic organizations such as the Municipal League; and good negotiating partners in minority communities and labor. Now--not so much.