Retired research administrator, UW. Dedicated Cougar (WSU grad)

Sep 4, 2016 leftist commented on The Coming Death of One of Seattle's Few Black-Loved Supermarkets.
I agree with Comment 21...the Red Apple on 23rd and E. Jackson has relatively poor meat and produce departments, only about half the spices you need in the everyday kitchen cupboard, and the aisles are poorly marked. Most of those pig parts you can purchase by taking a short ride down E. Jackson St. on the bus to Chinatown. So let's not cry about losing this loser of a grocery store. Couldn't the neighborhood ask for a nice health PCC, or at least a QFC (with a gazillion food choices) instead? Wrong battle to be taking on, or taking time to discuss.
May 20, 2016 leftist commented on Guest Editorial: Washington's $11.5 Million Election Boondoggle.
What I didn't like about that primary vote was having to put my party preference on the outside of the envelope! No voting in Washington State has ever required that before, as far as I can recall. Bring on TINA!
May 4, 2016 leftist commented on Why Rescheduling Cannabis Won't End Prohibition.
I've decided to oppose "Uncle Ike's" operations at 23rd and E. Union not because he's selling recreational marijuana, but because Ian Eisenberg is a sleazebag. Eisenberg not only owns Uncle Ike's two arms (paraphernalia products and pot); he also controls The Neighbor Lady, the tavern/eatery next to Ike's, along with the car wash on the other side of the church on 23rd Avenue, along with a gas station/parking lot at 21st and E. Union.
I've washed and vacuumed my car just twice at the car wash, and it was an experience of "grab what you can" for the owner. Both washing and vacuuming provide less machine time for more money; you can only wash your car with cash for 3 minutes. But "Seattle Suds" provides you with an option - you can use your credit card and receive either 5 or 7 minutes to wash your car. I decided to use my credit card, since at 71 I really don't have any urge to try and wash and rinse my car in 3 minutes. Five days after using Seattle Suds I happened to look at my credit card bills online and found that I'd been charged $25.00! There was a phone number for inquiries so I called and actually had Eisenberg on the line with me; he explained that the $25 charge was a 'pre-authorization' charge, and that it should have been replaced in at least four days so he would look into it. (If even the City's parking meters don't need a 'pre-authorization' charge, why does a car wash?) Three days later the 'pre-authorization charge' still hadn't gone away so I called the Eisenberg office again...and again was told that he was shocked that it was still on my card and he'd look into the problem. I told him not to bother, that I would be contacting my credit card issuer.
Then I looked back two months to my previous car wash episode and saw that that, too, was a charge for $25.00, and that there were complaints all over Google about Seattle Suds' "pre-authorization charge". Sleazy.... REALLY sleazy.
Mar 28, 2016 leftist commented on Support the Real Progressive.
Totally lost my comment when I had to sign in and have my password retrieved. First time pissing me off, Stranger. The survey put me on the Hillary page. WTF? Your demographics for Seattle are off, since this is the bluest city in the Western United States (well, OK, maybe that's SF). I want the Bernie endorsement and I want it now, so I can send it on to other friends who are over 36 but also Bernie supporters (one is in Shoreline and is 88). Can't find on your web page.
Mar 30, 2015 leftist commented on The Trans-Pacific Partnership Isn't Boring. Here's What It Means for Seattle..
There was a Town Hall speaker and a panel on U.S. trade agreements on March 23rd. Former Congressman David Bonior (D, Michigan) led off and one thing that made a huge impression on me was that Bonior also blamed these so-called "free trade agreements" for the massive rise in our trade deficit since 1994. How long can the U.S. be only a 'consumer' state and not a 'creator' state? Write your congressional representative and your senators and urge them to vote against the TPP and Fast Track. Right now Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are planning to vote for them.
The TPP will also have huge negative consequences for citizens of developing countries on the Pacific rim, like much higher drug costs, while Big Pharma gets to extend its patents out longer before drugs can go generic.
Jun 22, 2014 leftist commented on Mating Rituals of the Millennial.
#1and#4 - Yay Jenji indeed! I had to wait until I was 70 to see a show about women this revolutionary?! Damn! OITNB rocks with all kinds of women- and brings one of the first true transsexual women to the screen in a major role.
Perhaps one reason an abortion rom/com was a while coming is because of the Pro-Lifers, who have turned abortion and clinic providers into virtually, in some states, a matter of harassment, shame-making, and of course also a matter of life-and-death (i.e., Dr. Tiller and others).
Jun 20, 2014 leftist commented on Last Days.
Dear David Schmader - Many thanks for making my day when I opened up The Stranger to Last Days this morning and saw (in the print edition) the picture of the Mormon Tabernacle Cathedral identified by the caption "Crap Factory"!!! LMAO!
And that story about JONAH!
David, I've been a devoted reader of The Stranger for years, but just wanted to chime in to say thanks, thanks, thanks for what you provide in your column.
Jun 16, 2014 leftist commented on Not One More.
Great article, Anna. The U.S. has exported weapons and war for decades and is now reaping the whirlwind. It is time the public stood up against the gun manufacturers and their public representative, the NRA. Seattle, we can do this.
Mar 31, 2014 leftist reviewed Shewaber.
My friend and I went to Shewaber after reading the article by Charles and learning the new address. Shewaber is actually at the opposite end of the building from S. 1221 Main - just go down about 4 businesses. My friend had a spicy chicken dish and I had something like zilzi tibs, small pieces of mildly spiced beef, along with the greens and other dishes that come with your dinner on the huge Ethiopian pan-pizza size bread. The service is great, and the food is just awesome - worth every dollar you'll spend there. You can't go wrong eating at Shewaber!
Aug 19, 2013 leftist commented on The Pirogue: Moussa Touré's Brilliant Ship of Broken Dreams.
Yep, this a must-see movie out of Africa - one that creates remarkable cinematic tension without any weapons, robots, or superhumans.