Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion: Let Them Eat Gravlax

by Lola E Peters

The most difficult part of writing this OpEd is deciding where to focus my anger: the tone-deaf billionaires, and their minions, who are thoughtlessly tearing the fabric of our community, the “news” media that pass off press releases as reporting, or our public officials, who say the right things and then do the exact opposite. Together they create a false narrative that is eroding much of the beauty of our region. Continue reading Opinion: Let Them Eat Gravlax

Sound Transit 3 Must Align Transportation Goals with Equitable Development Goals

by Tammy Morales

This fall our region’s leaders will be asking us to vote on Sound Transit 3 (ST3), a transportation funding package that expands service through King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It will cost taxpayers about $27 billion in new taxes, but if the measure passes, it will increase access to affordable housing and job centers throughout the region. More importantly, we have an opportunity to change Sound Transit policies and assure communities that future development happens in an equitable way. Continue reading Sound Transit 3 Must Align Transportation Goals with Equitable Development Goals

Ending Systemic Racism Can Begin With Seattle

Editor’s Note: The following is the transcript of a speech given to City of Seattle employees at the Office of Civil Right’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Summit,  on Thursday March 24th. 

by Marcus Harrison Green

Good morning,

In preparation for this speech today, as any good journalist would do, I thought I’d solicit a wide array of opinions on our city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). I couldn’t think of any place better to pull them from than the people who live in my community of South Seattle. For those who have never, or rarely ever, ventured south of the I-90 corridor, that’s the place that actually harbors all that mythical diversity we trumpet in this city. Continue reading Ending Systemic Racism Can Begin With Seattle

The Gas-Lighting of a Nation

by Lola E Peters

There’s been a lot of chatter on social media about gas-lighting lately. The concept is taken from the 1944 movie, Gaslight, about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing that she’s going insane. He does this by convincing her, time and again, that events she experiences are just figments of her imagination. He isolates her from friends and family, persuading her that it’s for her own good. She keeps saying that the gaslights in their house are flickering at night. He tells her it’s in her imagination. In fact, he is the one causing the lights to flicker while he is searching for jewels in the attic of that house where he killed the woman’s aunt decades earlier. Continue reading The Gas-Lighting of a Nation