It is (Past) Time to Raise Taxes in Washington State

by John Stafford

The State Legislature, now in its second special session, is at an impasse over the issue of taxation.  The original Democratic-controlled House budget called for a tax increase of roughly $1.5 billion, an amount that has been reduced to about $600 million in their revised budget proposal.  The original Republican-controlled Senate budget called for no new taxes, and this position has been maintained in their revised budget proposal.  Six factors support the view that a tax increase is necessary for Washington State. Continue reading It is (Past) Time to Raise Taxes in Washington State

Op-Ed: The Shooting of Isiah Brazier: So Tired of Being Sick and Tired

By Amelia Vassar and James Williams

What’s the Fuss?

 On Thursday, May 28th, 2015, in Sea Tac, Washington, a 17 year old black male was shot in the head by a King County Sheriff Deputy. A relationship of blind trust between the police and the media was clearly demonstrated throughout this narrative. Continue reading Op-Ed: The Shooting of Isiah Brazier: So Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Brett Hamil on the Seattle District 3 Race: Telephone vs. Megaphone

In this latest video from Seattle comedian Brett Hamil, we take a closer look at how the Seattle City Council District 3 race is starting to take shape:

The city council race for Capitol Hill and the Central District is heating up! We look at Kshama Sawant’s “grandstanding,” Mayor Murray’s “wily” political maneuvering and Pamela Banks’s speed-dial approach to problem solving.

Continue reading Brett Hamil on the Seattle District 3 Race: Telephone vs. Megaphone

ROAR: A Farm Stand for the People

by Marilee Jolin

If you happened to be walking up Orcas Avenue on Sunday night you couldn’t have missed the excitement bubbling up from the Hillman City Park and Garden.  A large crowd filled the grassy garden area, spilling out onto the sidewalk here and there.   Adults stood around and talked.  Children chased each other through the vibrant planting beds.  Food was shared and cool beverages were offered.  And laughter filled the air. Continue reading ROAR: A Farm Stand for the People

Six Reasons to Stay Active This Summer

by Emily Williamson

Photo Credit: Emily Williamson
Photo Credit: Emily Williamson

For many Northwest residents, summer is the season we head outside to work and play. At Rainier Health & Fitness, we see less of our members in June, July and August who update us in the fall with stories like “I’ve been busy gardening” or “I skipped my workouts to run/walk around Seward Park.” While we applaud getting active in the great outdoors, we still recommend rounding out your fitness routine with regular gym visits. Here’s why: Continue reading Six Reasons to Stay Active This Summer

Reportage, Culture & Commentary From The Most Eclectic Place on Earth