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.
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.
Mass protests are a sign that some part of the population isn’t being heard through the usual channels.
Developments out of Ferguson, Mo., signal a need to understand and work on the country’s race problem.
Rescuing young adults is good, but keeping them on track would be better.
Circumstances that seem permanent can change with persistent pushing.
New project will give sleeping bags to homeless people because a little human warmth matters.
Franklin students explore Lyndon Johnson’s presidency and social issues through the dramatic arts, thanks to a Seattle Rep project.
A retired engineer is trying to preserve the story of a Seattle World War II veteran.