Category Archives: Column

T-Time: Chef T’s Top Picks for South End Sambusa

by Tarik Abdullah 

Savory, spicy, crunchy, oily (at times). These are the characteristics that I expect to get from a sambusa. A triangular shaped piece of dough that is prepared from east Africa to India to Turkey and others, each country with different ingredients but have the same goal fast and cheap. Now mind you I did not forget about the samosa but that will be for another day on Indian cuisine. Continue reading T-Time: Chef T’s Top Picks for South End Sambusa

Legislature’s Values Gap Contributes to Seattle Public Schools $74 million Budget Deficit

by Melia LaCour

Superintendent Nyland’s letter warning of the potential $74 million-dollar budget deficit for the 2017/2018 school year recently sent shockwaves through the community. How could this have happened?  How will the opportunity gap, so pervasive for our students of color, have any chance of closing? The answer lies with the willingness of the state legislature to perpetuate a long-standing problem in education: the values gap or the gap that exists when espoused values for creating equitable education are not reflected by actions or decision-making. Continue reading Legislature’s Values Gap Contributes to Seattle Public Schools $74 million Budget Deficit

Inslee’s Budget a Victory for Equitable Education

by Marilyn Watkins

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Continue reading Inslee’s Budget a Victory for Equitable Education

America Devastates Itself

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

November 8, 2016 was an inconceivable, shameful and dangerous day for America.

How does a candidate who:  questions the birth certificate of its first black president; refers to Mexicans as “rapists”, demonizes Muslims; demeans women; wants to increase tax cuts for the rich in an age of unprecedented income inequalities; calls global warming a concept, “…created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”1; is copacetic about the prospects of nuclear weapon proliferation; knows virtually nothing about public policy; does not acknowledge scientific fact; says that, he could, “…shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters”2 ; and so on; become president of the United States? Continue reading America Devastates Itself

Beauty and the Beach

by Marcus Harrison Green

 The Beach needs more beauty.

Other than our country’s collective suicide by Trump, that’s been my mind’s prominent thought since returning from San Francisco’s Mission District to visit an old college friend last month.

Walking down the neighborhood’s Valencia Street, we stopped so I could admire a pocket park, or parklet, carved out in the sidewalk and bustling with the loud laughter of neighbors.  Continue reading Beauty and the Beach

ST3 Passed, While Everything Else Went to Hell

by Cliff Cawthon, columnist

Most everyone I know woke up in shock this morning to the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential race. Last night, most left leaning election night parties across Seattle and King County held a cloud of fear and bewilderment over them. One of the few bright spots, for supporters of mass transit at least, was the victory of the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package. Continue reading ST3 Passed, While Everything Else Went to Hell