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I'M FRESHLY BACK home after an unexpected cross-country trip with long stretches of road in which the only AM radio stations were rebroadcasting the same… Continue reading
LAST WEEK'S State of the Union address was, I have to admit, pretty good. Beyond the ritual mirror-cracking invocations of "defeating evil," George W. came… Continue reading
An American reporter's investigative work looks like truth abroad but conspiracy theory here. What the hell's going on?
NOBODY KNOWS, or has any way of knowing, what sequence of events caused the space shuttle Columbia to disintegrate. But that sequence started far before… Continue reading
When I was a kid, I fantasized about randomly shooting smokers. When my imaginary trial came up, I planned to tell the judge that I… Continue reading
The city is considering a new system for watch-dogging the police. It could be a national model, but the temptation to compromise may prove irresistible.
For weeks, headlines have been obediently following the White House's Message-a-Day folks: "BUSH URGES CORPORATE CLEANUP." "FINANCIAL SWAT TEAM SOUGHT." And so on.Fish, guns, barrels.… Continue reading
Face it. We need a full-time Legislature.
IN LESS THAN a month, on Feb. 7, Washington Democrats will hold caucuses across the state to determine who state Dems will support for president… Continue reading
Mind if I take two-thirds of your property? I thought so. Which explains why rural King County landowners are up in arms about amended "critical-areas"… Continue reading
An interesting battle is shaping up this summer in the Seattle City Council over a pot of money and who will receive it. At first… Continue reading
For more than 40 years, MIT professor Noam Chomsky has been one of the world's leading intellectual critics of U.S. foreign policy. Chomsky, who turned… Continue reading
The events of this past week's inquest into the death of Robert Lee Thomas Sr., at the hands of an off-duty King County Sheriff's deputy,… Continue reading
Cranky voters could transform the Seattle School Board overnight.
Whatever happened to I-297? That was the initiative approved a year ago by nearly 70 percent of state voters. It mandated that no additional radioactive… Continue reading
While attending an antiwar rally Saturday, March 19, I had profoundly mixed feelings. From an organizer's standpoint, the rally was a success: 5,000 people came… Continue reading
MY EXTREMELY significant other teaches and therefore has each summer off. So every year we take two or three weeks and hit the road. This… Continue reading
"THE SOVIET OF Washington"—that was the nickname used sarcastically by Postmaster General James Farley in 1940 to belittle our state's sometimes astonishingly liberal tendencies. But… Continue reading