Danny Westneat takes an opinionated look at the Puget Sound region's news, people and politics. Send tips or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. His column runs Wednesday and Sunday.
Neither party is making much of a case it can solve the state’s problems. And on the biggest problems facing state government — education and transportation — we’re stuck. Voters are bored, uninspired and tuned out.
Though considered an embarrassing mistake, Seattle’s ramps to nowhere inexplicably became part of the fabric of city life. Now the state’s tearing them down after 51 years.
The red ink continues to flow on Seattle’s streetcar experiment.
Even the experience of mistakenly selling assault rifles to an eight-time felon isn’t enough to convince some gun enthusiasts of the need for background checks.
Seattle is like one big dysfunctional family, as this year’s election ballot shows.
Metro’s predicted financial “hurricane” apparently isn’t going to hit the bus system after all. But it may have done a whole lot of political damage.
Can selling a newly legalized drug help revitalize a corner that has been plagued by illegal drugs? Or will it further the trouble?
The idea that we have become a poor country seems ridiculous. Unless you read the news as a foreigner might.
The NFL isn’t the only one with a widespread domestic-violence problem. In Seattle there are roughly two Ray Rice or worse domestic attacks, usually on women, each day. And those are just the ones reported.
Turns out Metro doesn’t have to cut the bus system as much as it once claimed. So maybe now we can get to what really needs to be done: expanding it.
After not one but two buses in a row pass you by because they’re too jammed to board, it’s time to get a car.