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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Universities Are Expanding To Far-Flung Cities. Should Seattle Be One Of Them?

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Should Seattle emulate Boston as an academic and research Mecca? Two developments are pertinent.

Urban Asset: What To Do With Underused Churches

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Purchasing a church is not easy, as the congregation is normally split between the sell-and-move faction and the nostalgic-stay-put group. It took the congregation of the Christian Science Church about 10 years to make a decision -- the kind of debate and delay that often chases off developers. But what lovely assets these old sanctuaries are!

The Impeachment Show As Comedy. Very Dark Comedy.

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Is it sacrilege to examine impeachment as a theme for a stage show? Perhaps, but if they can make a musical out of Les Miserables, think of what could be done with Trump, Guiliani, and the Three Amigos; with Volodymyr Zelensky as Jean Valjean?

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

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France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

Duck And Cover: My Existential Dilemma

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It's not the fear of full-fledged war, of bombs or towers falling. It's watching the real-time collapse of my country's fundamental institution, government, and the structures that are supposed to support it.

Will Older Women Pick the Next President?

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A new poll published by AARP found that women over 50 are poised to have a decisive voice in choosing our next president because 95 percent of them plan to vote.

Shark Tank: Does Seattle Really Need One?

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What do sharks have to do with Puget Sound? They draw crowds. One way out of this problem could be virtual reality. That's what is proposed in Sarasota, where the sharks and whales will be virtual, not captive.

The Real Reason Old Writers Keep Writing

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God bless John McPhee for explaining both the How and the Why of what I've been doing...

A Seattle Forester Sizes Up The Culture Wars on Australian Fires

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Fires and fire conditions are the new normal, and not just in Australia. So is controversy about causes and prevention of the fires.

Hello, 2020: Prepare for Sticker Shock at Your Local Wineshop

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The Trump administration is threatening to expand the tariff to 100% on all European wines. If enacted this tariff will have devastating effects on the wine industry.