Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Can we talk about pronouns?

The ambiguity and fluidity of transgender identities makes it very hard to properly refer to someone without the proper language tools. Add to this the relative rarity of transgender people and the burden falls on the bulk of the population.


City livability is linked to higher urban density

Say the word “density” in a crowded room and you are likely to get a mixed bag of responses. Density isn’t typically an endearing term, especially if it means drastic changes to your neighborhood. But I believe it is time we start to rethink our relationship with urban land-use density.


Amazon’s good LGBTQ record should extend to other states

In this current age of corporate activism, global retail giant Amazon has been on the front lines for equality in Washington state, leveraging the company’s wealth and influence to drive historic social change. But the tech leader has been missing in action in other states where discrimination against the LGBTQ community persists.


A better way for Bill Gates to fix schools

Bill Gates has been one of the world’s richest people for decades. To build a legacy beyond Microsoft — and to build a better world — in 2000 he and his wife launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on numerous good causes.


Hanford and Yucca Mountain – an environmental imperative or status quo?

A few months back, I penned a column citing several initiatives that I believe deserve consensus support among fellow environmentalists. These Northwest centric initiatives feature enhanced reforestation, water infrastructure modernization, cleaner fuel options for ocean going vessels, elimination of raw sewage disposal in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and last but not least the cleanup and permanent storage of Hanford nuclear waste. I offered that significant progress could be made to strengthen our biosphere irrespective of identity politics surrounding climate change. In other words, immediate attention to consensus-based regional priorities rather than continued divisive and seemingly endless debate.

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Black-white wage gap is unexplained – and scary

There are few economic problems more frustrating than the stubborn gaps in wages and unemployment rates between blacks and whites. Despite decades of trying to reduce or eliminate these gaps, black workers continue to experience higher unemployment rates and lower wages than whites. That’s true even after correcting for age, education and occupational differences. This is not a formula for racial harmony.

Swords & Sun are in abundance at the All's Faire medieval festival

With a medieval flair competitors battle thickly-woven grass mats during the Hema Cutting Tournament at the 2018 All's Faire festival Sunday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.