The Port of Seattle is an Archaic Entity — All the More Reason to...

The Port is a major social and economic driver in this region as a publicly chartered business enterprise with power to tax, lay fees, and set industrial and recreational rents. Nonetheless, POS continues to operate under most voters’ radar. 

Postcard from Zurich: Connections to Home

It’s not that homelessness is nonexistent. There’s just not a lot – well, practically none – compared to U.S. cities. Still, there’s enough to make the Swiss nervous.

US (Finally) Opens The Doors To Canada, Mexico

During the border closure, many separated families have staged meetups, talking across the border at the Peace Arch Park in Blaine and at 0 Avenue in Douglas, B.C.

Risking Hanford (Like We Needed One More Thing to Worry About)

It’s difficult to plumb the true depths of the hazards at Hanford. John Brodeur, an environmental engineer and geologist who worked at Hanford in the 1990s, wrote that the DOE’s leak-detection method is “not only flawed, but designed to avoid finding leaks.”

Media Merger Success Story (And some News): Crosscut and KCTS-9

Crosscut/KCTS must move from its Seattle Center building by the end of 2024. An unexercised purchase agreement would move the media company to First Hill.

Mayoral Candidate Debate on Homelessness Illustrates Differences

I doubt any votes shifted after last night's virtual debate face-off on homelessness between mayoral candidates Lorena Gonzalez and Bruce Harrell.

Grrr: Attorney General Bob Ferguson Versus the Growlers

As the AG took questions, Ferguson was interrupted by a sudden earsplitting roar. A Growler jet passed low overhead.  The jet circled south, made a pass over the Naval Outlying Landing Field, just south of Coupeville, and came around again.

What Happens When Your College Uncovers the Deep Dark History of its Namesake?

When we lack a story or theological world-view that allows us to see ourselves, and our forebears, more clearly and honestly, we tend to fall back on self-justification, pointing to our record of achievement and service.

Cats as Traffic-Calming Devices

No one wants to be blamed for harming a cat aleeping in the lane. Drivers really pay attention and watch the road. After four years, I know now all the cats by sight. I have not noticed any missing

Hung Jury: Justin Trudeau’s $600 Million Election Gamble Results in Status Quo

The Trudeaus, pere et fils, have won seven of eight national elections they have contested dating back to 1968 (three years before Justin was born).  They have shown a ferocity whenever their hold on power was threatened.

The Perils of Being an Electric Car Pioneer

A German company that supplies charging posts recently conducted a survey of car buyers and found that at least 30 percent were very skeptical of electric cars. The greatest fear was being stuck somewhere with a car that cannot move.

Those Spam Scammers Deserve a Special Kind of Hell

to be necessary for getting me “the refund to which I was entitled,” I thought “this is nuts . . . this is a scam . . . goodbye.”

Pope Francis To US Bishops: Stay Out of Politics!

The Pope had a long chat with reporters during a return flight from Slovakia to Rome. He was asked about the communion flap in the United States.

On a Tour with a Cartooning Librarian

Equipped with her trusty pencil (maybe a pen now) she irreverently cartoons everything she spots during her strolls across the city: from vintage fire hydrants (would you believe we have 18,000?) to company logos stamped on the bricks that paved Seattle streets.

Biden’s EPA Finds a New Weapon in the War Against Alaska’s Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to permanently block the proposed Pebble Mine project, which would locate a mile-square copper and gold mine between two of the most productive river watersheds supporting the salmon fishery of Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

How Tennis Came to the Pacific Northwest

The Olympic Tennis Club near Seattle’s Madison and Boren streets (atop First Hill, then a fashionable neighborhood) was founded in 1890, with courts scattered around and  early club dances held in a “large riding stable.” It was later named the Seattle Tennis Club and moved to Lake Washington.

Unsafe: A Pioneer Square Restaurateur’s Plea to City Hall: Help!

Our chef called MID. They informed him that they didn’t handle these issues. He then called the police, four different times throughout the day. They did not come until well after the fourth call, at which time they parked and watched from their car as our staff dealt with the harassment of customers on the patio.

Irreverent Afterthoughts on Our Afghanistan Misadventures

Rumsfeld’s gone and Bush and Cheney have the sense to keep their heads down. But their neocon cheerleaders (Bill Kristol!) have risen from their crypts to pile onto Biden and proclaim that we coulda shoulda woulda won in Afghanistan. It’s a bumper crop of shamelessness.

Better Off Than Ever and yet Unhappier

Like so many things, it strikes me that modern brain science is confirming what traditional and spiritual wisdom have long taught: moderation is wise. Fasting is a necessary complement to feasting. But we’re up against a culture and economy that tell us to indulge, to enjoy, and to feast all the time as we try to fill some deeper emptiness.

Moving On: Charter Amendment Failure Puts Responsibility Back Where it Should Be

The ball is back where it should be - on those holding office now and those we elect in November, to create a workable strategy to reach those goals.

Lessons From Kabul: Learning from Political Retreats

Biden could pull back from his Everythingness to focus on one big goal, such as climate change. In Seattle, that big single goal could be housing.

Should Churches Continue On-Line Worship After the Pandemic?

For me, in-person worship, the worship of a gathered community, falls in the category of “burdens that we should not want to be rid of.”

The Case Against the Climate Change Consensus

In addition to providing a detailed critique of the climate science “consensus,” the book offers a fascinating and detailed technical explanation of how climate science actually works -- its limits, possibilities, and what this science really tells us about the future of our planet.

British Columbia Mandates Proof Of Vaccination for Most Indoor Activities

“Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us. So I call on all eligible British Columbians to roll up their sleeves to stop the spread, and help protect themselves, people they love and the community,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Power Grab: Seattle City Council Engineers Moves Against a Lame Duck Mayor

A new laws create a new budget office to prepare forecasts, duplicating an office that already exists. In a comic twist, the law says if the council dislikes the economic forecasts, it can ignore them.

Promenade: A London Tradition Returns to In-Person Concerts

The beloved Proms concerts this year invite back audiences and have expanded the stage to accommodate full-size orchestras. Bravo!

Emily’s List Weighs in for Lorena Gonzalez

Emily’s List – the Emily stands for "Early Money is Like Yeast” -- has a long history here and fair amount on the line.

The Afghanistan Options

Afghanistan will be a chaotic mess for years to come, much like France after the Revolution, so patience, partners, and focus will be key.

Ticky Tacky: Two Pols Raising Money By Demonizing Opponents

Mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez uses George Petrie’s perfectly legal donation to deliver guilt-by-association.  Petrie’s donation to Bruce Harrell’s PAC pales in comparison to the labor PAC that has been running TV spots and sending out dried cherries to boost Gonzalez.

The Efficiency Trap

Rendering yourself more efficient — either by implementing various productivity techniques or by driving yourself harder — won’t generally result in the feeling of having ‘enough time,’ because all else being equal, the demands will increase to offset the benefits.