Category Archives: Opinion

Op-Ed: Standing On Principle

by Elmer Dixon

Principle – a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning (Oxford Dictionary).

It is easy for those who have not witnessed personally the decimation of a whole generation of their own youth to criticize the efforts of a group of well-organized champions who have the courage to stand up to an entire judicial system demanding justice and fair play. And don’t be fooled by their numbers, for they most likely represent the cries of the many who are not heard and dare not speak up. Ms. Nikkita Oliver and her comrades understand that there is a step by step process to zero detention. It is not their intent to just allow criminalized youth to go free without intervention. Don’t we owe it to them to hear their suggestions for shifting this paradigm? Continue reading Op-Ed: Standing On Principle

What We Talk About When We Talk About Saars

by Kris Kendall

On October 7, 2015, a sign went up at Saars Market Place at 9000 Rainier Avenue, announcing that the grocery store was closing for good. Unless you’ve been out of the country, Rainier Beach resident, that’s old news. A Dollar Tree is taking over a portion of the old Saars, and soon some other commercial entity will move into the remaining retail space, if it hasn’t already. Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Saars

The Case for Tim Burgess

Editor’s Note: We asked two Seattle residents to make a case for each of the candidates running for Seattle’s City Council Position 8. The position is one of only 2 voted on city-wide. This is the second of those two op-eds. You can read the case for Jon Grant here.

by Estela Ortega

We in the social justice movement have such an impressive advocate in Tim Burgess that we have joined together enthusiastically to support his reelection to the Seattle City Council. Continue reading The Case for Tim Burgess

The Case for Jon Grant

Editor’s Note: We asked two Seattle residents to make a case for each of the candidates running for Seattle’s City Council Position 8. The position is one of only 2 voted on city-wide. This is the first of those two op-eds. You can read the Case for Tim Burgess here.

by Colin Maloney

I’m voting for Jon Grant because we are at a critical moment in Seattle’s development and this election provides a clear choice of what direction we want to move as a community. Jon is one of a number of candidates this year who are articulating a need and a vision for change, for a Seattle that works for everyone who lives here, for greater affordability in the city, and greater accountability from City government. Continue reading The Case for Jon Grant

The Case for Bruce Harrell

Editor’s Note: We asked two District 2 residents to make a case for each of the candidates vying to represent the district as its first-ever city council representative. This is the second of those two articles. Read The Case for Tammy Morales here.

Understanding the Passion of Bruce Harrell: It’s Why You Should Vote for Him

By Cindi Laws, South Seattle Emerald’s “Emerald in the Rough” columnist

When I first met Bruce Harrell, he was registering voters on the South End of Seattle in the late 1990s, at least a decade before he ran and won a seat on the Seattle City Council. He caught my attention because he was comfortably engaging with everybody as though he were a fresh 18-year-old voter, casting a ballot for the first time. As someone who’s registered tens of thousands of voters since the early 1980s, I wanted to get to know this guy.  Continue reading The Case for Bruce Harrell