Mar 16, 2016 Irish commented on This Is What the Future of Light Rail Could Look Like.
I remember very well when, back in 2001, The Stranger was adamantly anti-Sound Transit and anti-light rail, which was ridiculous. Very glad you've changed your tune.
Oct 13, 2015 Irish commented on Bike Activists! I Have Seen the Future! You're Going To Hate It!.
Many bike "activists" have helped us get to a point where we have 3% commute mode share and a lot of people who are irritated at cyclists. I've ridden in Copenhagen and on other safe, separated facilities (in Vancouver and elsewhere) and they're awesome--exactly what we need, and more of them. I'm a regular bike rider but I'd happily sacrifice some speed for enhanced safety. The bike "racer" culture has done more to harm cycling in the US than help it--see….
May 30, 2014 Irish commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
What needs to be more prominent in this discussion is that the whole area where the parking is is public street right-of-way. This is one of the widest streets in the city, if not the widest. It's certainly appropriate for the city to provide space for parking in public street areas (and much of the parking and loading area there is needed), but not at the expense of safety and mobility needs. The need for a safe bicycle facility there is already well established, since people bike through that lot every day despite it not being safe now. That's what's so galvanizing about this issue--it's a chance for the city to really determine what's most important: providing a safe, family-friendly bicycle facility connecting trails to South Lake Union park, or keeping lots of free parking.
May 19, 2014 Irish commented on Who's Gonna Win the Stanley Cup?.
I'd love to see a Blackhawks-Canadians final, but there's a good chance it will be another original 6 final regardless. Sorry, but being a Chicago native I'm going with the Hawks--they just know how to win big games.
Apr 12, 2012 Irish commented on Father Ryan Refuses Anti-Gay Petitions, Calling Them "Hurtful and Seriously Divisive".
More Seattle Catholic churches are not going to circulate petitions (including mine, St. Patrick's), which doesn't surprise me. The bishops (including Bishop Saratin) are out of step with the laity on this issue. Per a 2010 Pew Research poll, more U.S. Catholics support gay marriage than oppose it.
Feb 18, 2012 Irish commented on Mass Uprising.
Well said, 53. I feel exactly the same way. No reason to let the hierarchy drive me out of the church--it means they've won. It's my (and your) church as much as it is theirs.

52, Fr. Ryan hasn't devoted his life to an institution--he's devoted it to serving the needs (spiritual and otherwise) of his parishioners.
Feb 15, 2012 Irish commented on Mass Uprising.
I'm a practicing Catholic, and I thought this article was very thorough and fair. Definitely a cut (several cuts) above the usual writing in The Stranger about religion.

I don't think people will leave the Church over this issue. Most practicing Catholics aren't Catholic because of the hierarchy or bishops (often they are in spite of them)--they're Catholic because they were raised that way and it's part of their identity; they like their parish or priest; their spouse is Catholic; or a hundred other reasons. That won't change.

However, that doesn't mean people who disagree should be silent. I have written to the Seattle Archdiocese and the US Conference of Bishops and told them why I disagree with their views on gay marriage and contraception. I have withheld money and told the Archdiocese why. Anyone with any Catholic identify who disagrees with what the Archdiocese is doing should do the same.
Jan 21, 2012 Irish commented on Sources Say.
As a practicing Catholic who support gay marriage, withholding money from collections may be a good strategy, as long as it doesn't hurt your local parish or social service programs, which much of that $ goes to support. A better strategy may be just to tell the bishops why they're wrong, which I have done. On a related note, the bishops opposition isn't working--a Pew Research study a few years ago showed that nearly 75% of American Catholics support gay marriage or civil unions. "Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall," the survey concluded.
Nov 7, 2011 Irish commented on From Swedish Fish to Jesus Fish.
Spider is right. One thing the article mentions in passing, but is a crux issue, is that Catholic hospitals, which are generally located in urban areas, provide health care to millions of people (many of them poor) every year, and are a critical part of the overall health care system. Yes, they don't perform abortions, but neither do many other hospitals and health care clinics around the country. Catholic hospitals do not exist to perpetuate dogma--they exist to treat people regardless of religion, and often regardless of people's ability to pay. By the way, my mom died in a Catholic hospital (after having a major stroke), and they completely respected our wish (and hers) to not prolong her life once it was clear she had no hope of recovery.

This is a non-story, and just another attempt by The Stranger to bash religion for the sake of doing so.
Apr 14, 2010 Irish commented on Dear Catholic Church: Excommunicate Me.
Thanks @121. To @120, how is leaving "doing something about it"? I do want the institutional church to change, but feel that it's more effective to work on it from the inside. Plus, I don't let the actions of some asshole priests and bishops define for me what Catholicism is about. Neither do millions of other people.