commented on Central District Activist Tells Jewish Uncle Ike's Owner to "Go Back to Germany" So Nazis Can "Get" Him Again
Gentrification is a tough issue. Anyone who thinks it is simple hasn't listened to the other side enough to acknowledge their truth. Both sides have a valid perspective. The issue of gentrification isn't going to be resolved in these comments, which is fine because the article is not about gentrification.
This article is about what inexcusable actions people will excuse because the actions were taken by an ally. It's about what contortions people will adopt to maintain a comic book simplicity in the narrative that their side is all good, correct, and just and the other side is all evil, wrong, and predatory. In the real world people are not all good or all evil. In the real world we are able to say that good people sometimes do bad things.
Omari Tahir-Garrett is neither a saint nor a devil. He's a man. All efforts to portray him as otherwise are false.
Mar 14, 2016
commented on Washington Public Schools Are Criminally Underfunded, But Governor Inslee Won't Commit to Vetoing Charter School Law
Donald Trump is a popular candidate among rank-and-file Republicans because they feel that the ignores their interests and only pays attention to big-money contributors who have interests that are in opposition to those of the rank-and-file. The Democratic party is little different when it comes to serving the interests of their big money contributors over the interests of their rank-and-file members, which explains the popularity of Senator Sanders' candidacy.
There is a real need for political reform in America. Let's hope it comes from President Sanders instead of President Trump.
Sep 19, 2015
commented on Donald Trump Has a Concealed Carry License, and He Wants Everyone Else to Have One Too
I have no problem with law-abiding people having guns, but I support laws that require responsible gun ownership. People who own guns should be required by law to acquire, maintain, store, use, and transfer them responsibly. While there are a large number of people who should be allowed to own guns, there are also many people who should not be allowed to own guns. Our laws that keep guns out of those people's hands should be stronger, more tightly enforced, and more severely punished than they are today.
I don't understand how even a "gun nut" can oppose this sort of reasonable regulation.
Sep 5, 2015
commented on Washington State Supreme Court Strikes Down Charter Schools Law
The initiative was a model law of the ALEC variety, written without any thought about the unique elements of the Washington State constitution. Bad move. The dozen or so millionaires and billionaires who supported this law should have invested a bit more in writing it - even if it cut into the budget for promoting it.
Aug 18, 2015
commented on City Council Agrees to Let Voters Decide on Turning the Viaduct into a Park, but Isn’t Happy About It
I am surprised and disheartened to read that The Stranger has bought into the lie that the Viaduct cuts the city off from the waterfront. The Viaduct is not a wall. You can get the waterfront very easily by walking, driving, or biking under the Viaduct.
The lie that the elevated roadway cuts the city off from the waterfront was started by the real estate developers that own and operate Seattle. Is The Stranger now allied with them? Is The Stranger now a loudspeaker for their lies? How sad.
Aug 11, 2015
commented on Guest Editorial: Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken
To all of those who say that they no longer support Blacks Lives Matter, what's the alternative? To believe that Black lives don't matter? To accept police brutality and abuse? To accept mass incarceration? I'm curious. If you no longer support the position of Black Lives Matter, what do you support instead? And, if your support was conditional on the "good" behavior of anyone who claims to be speaking or acting on behalf of Black Lives Matter, then how committed was your support before? What form did that support take?
"After this I no longer support Black Lives Matter" is a very curious statement. I would really like to hear it explained more fully.
I'm also curious about those who want to supplant concern about police killing unarmed citizens with a pretense of concern about criminals killing citizens. Why do you hold the police to no higher a standard than the criminals? Can't you see the difference between them? Yes, it is terrible that criminals kill people, but isn't it qualitatively different and terrible in a completely different way when police kill people? Isn't it possible to address these problems separately? Shouldn't it be easier to stop the police from killing people than it would be to stop criminals from killing people? Just because someone is working to end police killings, why do you presume that they aren't also concerns about other killings? The two are not mutually exclusive, you know.