I try to write about the intersections of everyday life and big issues. I like to invite readers to think a little differently. The topics I choose represent the things in which I take an interest, and I try to deal with them the way most folks would, sometimes seriously, sometimes with a sense of humor. My column runs Mondays and Thursdays.
Football has a few lessons for the rest of America.
UW professors turn their concern over Ferguson into a modern teach-in.
Take it easy on how we’re hurting it, or we’ll all be homeless in a big way.
More awareness of the role race still plays in society can light the path to equal opportunity.
The Rainier Beach doughnut-shop owners who were badly beaten earlier this month have caring family and community, while the culprit is the real loser.
Jerry Large reflects on two big stories of the year that involve movements aimed at reducing inequality.
A researcher finds a role to play in criminal-justice reform at an opportune moment.
Prisons absorb the results of failures in other systems but still could offer a chance to get it right.
This may be the right moment to redefine community expectations for policing.
More jobs and higher pay won’t reduce wealth gap without policy changes.
Linda Katz’s story shows that civic engagement is beneficial to the individual and to society.