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What it's going to take for Tacoma to become an 'anti-racist city'

Woodards’ goal is as laudable as it is ambitious. Tacoma, like most U.S. cities, continues to suffer from inequities that disproportionately impact people of color. Widespread attention has been paid here lately...

What the Seattle election results mean for progressives

The “extreme takeover” narrative I described in my last column prevailed. A solid majority of Seattle voters want an end to divisive left-wing politics and a return to sensible moderation, compromise and...

Seattle needs unity. Can Bruce Harrell deliver?

In Seattle, this has historically been symbolized by “pothole” politics, by leaders who fix the mundane-yet-annoying patches of failed asphalt that jolt buses, cars and bikes, or who clear the streets of...

The narratives that define Seattle's 2021 election

Call it the “Extreme Takeover” narrative. Want examples? Look no further than the opinion section of The Seattle Times — or, for that matter, its home page. In this year’s elections, this...

In Seattle city attorney race, beware of ‘rising crime’ alarmism

These strong denunciations are part of a national debate about the role of prosecutors. After decades of tough-on-crime policies that have given the United States routine police violence and the world’s largest...

Seattle’s city attorney race and the problem of repeat offenders 

Berge’ journey is illustrative of an exploding behavioral crisis in Seattle. He moved here from New Mexico, where he had a long criminal record. He was addicted to meth, homeless throughout his...

The case for long-term protection of Washington forests

Last year was the worst. In 2020, over 800,000 acres burned. Communities on both sides of the Cascades were threatened by fire and choked by unhealthy smoke. Flames destroyed hundreds of homes,...

In Maple Valley hit-and-run case, revenge isn’t the answer

Since news of the incident broke, hundreds of emails from outraged citizens demanding the same have flooded the inbox of King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “Out for blood” is the way...

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