Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Wildfire smoke is becoming a nationwide health threat

The impacts of recent forest fires in California reach well beyond the burned areas. Smoke from the Camp Fire created hazardous air quality conditions in San Francisco, more than 170 miles to the southwest – but it didn’t stop there. Cross-country winds carried it across the United States, creating hazy conditions in locations as far east as Philadelphia.

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The president honored the King. It’s about time

When Elvis Presley was included among President Trump’s honorees for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, my first thought was, “It’s about time,” followed by the recognition that it would reignite the popular revisionist claim that Presley “appropriated” black culture and music, a nonsensical allegation that wasn’t shared by most of the black artists of the 1950s.

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The view from China: Will Trump, Xi avoid a cold war?

The queues of Chinese tourists eager to visit Mao Zedong’s mausoleum in the center of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square start building at 7 a.m. and the wait can be three hours. The tourist shops along one side of the square are filled with glossy pendants that feature Mao on one side, and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the other.

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I know the Annapolis shooter

The distance between Annapolis, Maryland, and Olympia, Washington is 2,778 miles. But with each shotgun blast that ripped through the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis Thursday, the distance between the two capital cities shrank, then disappeared. Thursday’s horror marked the 154th mass shooting in the United States this year.

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The fourth great awakening

There are certain melodies that waft through history. One is the cultural contrast between Athens and Jerusalem. This contrast has many meanings, but the most germane one for our day is the contrast between the competitive virtues and the compassionate virtues.

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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.

Op-Ed

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.

Op-Ed

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.

Preschool student left alone on Olympia bus

Security video shows a commercial vehicle inspector discovering a preschool student after being left alone on an Olympia School District bus for more than an hour in November.