Ear, Ear! for the New Town Hall

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Town Hall Seattle on First Hill, after two years of full renovation, has opened again for some early programs. This past Tuesday, Joshua Roman...

Seattle: A Socialist Stronghold?

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I commend this article from The New Republic, which discusses the rise of Democratic Socialism in the nation, particularly the Democratic Socialists of America,...

Family Values: To Impeach Or Not?

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In 1932 a famous argument took place between the brothers Niebuhr, Reinhold and H. Richard, in the pages of The Christian Century.  The issue at hand was...

“Morning Edition” And The Theme Music From Nowhere

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Theme music for a radio show is like graphics and fonts and paper format for a magazine. Music establishes the neighborhood, telegraphs what's going...

Has Tacoma Become A Better Place For The Arts Than Seattle?

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The Stranger's Charles Mudede offers this provocative idea: that Tacoma might eclipse Seattle as an arts town: "My point: As the arts...

Something fishy

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The new UN report on global biological changes points to a neglected area: the rapid decline of our oceans. Normally, fingers point at climate...

Hard questions for the Boeing board

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One of the things that has bothered people in Seattle is that not one of the members of the Boeing board of directors is...

Offshore drilling: a loser

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Scott Montgomery of the UW Jackson School details what's wrong with Trump's desire to expand offshore drilling (political trouble in most states, blocked by...

Bennet: Biden his time

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has jumped into the Democratic scrum for the presidency. I foresee the following scenario. Biden sustains his lead for a...

Is Inslee an Outslee?

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Presidential candidate Jay Inslee harmed his case by bad-mouthing Beto O'Rourke's big bold carbon-reduction plan, when it might have been more gracious to welcome...

Crisis of Confidence on the Center-Left?

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In Political Centrism: Smug, weak, and misguided, Dick Lilly does a fine job of exposing Howard Schultz-style centrism for the tepid, unsatisfying brew it certainly...

Political centrism: Smug, weak and misguided

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The political center isn't always where you want to end up. Pundits filling print or online op-ed pages or pontificating on cable news think they’re pretty smart because, unlike elected officials, they have the wisdom to see and urge on us the middle way: compromise and all our problems are solved. Until 1980 or so, that was a workable way to look at governing.