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The Coronavirus Pandemic Adds New Twists to ‘The Good Death’

Everything is being affected in wrenching ways -- telemedicine, volunteers for hospice, family conversations, overwhelmed professional services, palliative care, death-with-dignity options.

Veepstakes: Vetting the Spouses

Vetting what was surely a small pool in 1984 did not uncover problems with the business connections of John Zaccaro, Geraldine Ferraro’s husband. In time, the couple were forced to reveal their tax records, producing yet more questions and allegations and preventing Ferraro from gaining a real footing on the campaign trail.

Earth Day At 50: Present At The Creation, Anxious At The Birthday

Fifty years later, we seem to be approaching another important transition, pushed by the dual threats of a second Trump term and fear of global pandemic. Democrats have been slow to mount an aggressive climate-change agenda, and the dominance of pandemic news and fears does not bode well for climate to influence the November election.

Vote Safe: A Vote-By-Mail Presidential Election?

The proposal, popular in the Northwest, got entangled in big-money politics in the Senate. But Vote-by-Mail could still emerge as a solution to the 2020 general election.

Oregon Politics: Quorums on the Great Divide

Shared values seem to be in short supply as the urban-rural split becomes a chasm in the new century.

70 Ex-US Senators Sign Letter Rebuking Present-Day Senators

It was heartening to see all four living ex-senators from the Northwest—all Republicans—on this list.

Killer B’s: Buttigieg Too Soon, Biden Too Late, Bloomberg Too Vulnerable. So Bernie Or…

Mike Bloomberg showed what happens when you have so much money and power that people don’t talk back to you; you’ve lost the ability and the edge to debate.

The Impeachment Show As Comedy. Very Dark Comedy.

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?

Not Just Trump: NW Republicans’ Other Problematic Candidates

Republicans have at least three candidates or potential candidates who are deeply controversial and threaten to be embarrassing to the party’s chances to regain a position as serious contender in statewide politics.

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Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

The Arts Online: Ten Great YouTubes that wouldn’t have been made without Lockdown

Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly

Capitol Hill’s Occupied Zone and how it Happened

Overall, observers and participants will need to continue thinking about how claiming a portion of public space for an underserved and discriminated community can initiate effective social and political change, and not perpetuate the status quo or ignite a right-wing backlash that pursues further repressive policies.

Reading: The Plague During Plague

This spring I decided to take a zoomed book class offered by Alliance Française Seattle. The assigned...

Paint The Town: Takiyah Ward and the Autonomous Zone’s Defining Mural

“Normally getting a project of this size done in the city of Seattle would have required months of bureaucracy, red tape, and writing grants, and trying to find the money, all of which can kill a creative vibe or project real quick.”