Gray Matters

August 17, 2015 4:55 PM
Thought experiment: Berger lets power go to his head
Capital Punishment for Seattle magazine
April 22, 2015 6:35 PM
Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington? That question has been brought to the fore in the last year. Governor Jay Inslee has...
Sealth
March 17, 2015 6:56 PM
A little more than a year ago, in my Gray Matters column “Seven Slogans of Seattle,” I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new...
Knute Burger Family
February 16, 2015 6:04 PM
An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling...
January 19, 2015 6:38 PM
Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but...
December 19, 2014 6:48 PM
Two historic enemies recently achieved a remarkable détente. The agreement grabbed headlines, but for many, the topic was inherently a...
November 20, 2014 10:50 PM
Looking into my crystal ball—and yes, I have one, an old green Japanese fishing float—I foresee that the year 2015 promises to be the year...
October 21, 2014 7:01 PM
Tucked away on a sliver of Third Avenue near Jackson Street in Pioneer Square is the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, where exhibits...
September 11, 2014 11:38 PM
For 25 years, I’ve been waiting for the future. And it’s almost here. At least, the next step in a long chain of events leading to the year...
August 15, 2014 10:43 PM
To insist on a $40,000 salary in Seattle is to take a vow of poverty. That’s what City Council member Kshama Sawant has done. She has said...
July 17, 2014 11:03 PM
In his poem “Bubbs Creek Haircut,” Beat poet Gary Snyder drew on impressions from a trip through Seattle in the mid-1950s: Seattle has the...
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June 9, 2014 11:34 PM
Poor Bertha, she deserved better. Bertha Knight Landes, that is. She was Seattle’s first and only woman mayor. In fact, she was the first...
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April 15, 2014 11:06 PM
I’m old enough to remember when Seattle was the end of the road. When I was young, Seattle seemed like a city walled off from the east by...
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March 12, 2014 11:06 PM
A little more than a year ago, my son, Gus, returned from 10 years in the desert. He went off to college in Albuquerque, worked for...
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February 13, 2014 1:00 AM
When I tell people I live in Madison Park, I frequently have the urge to qualify it by saying something like, “I’m doing my best to bring...
January 20, 2014 6:42 PM
Drivers complain about reckless cyclists and bristle at the idea of having to share the roads. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the...