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Jun 12, 2014 Seattle91 commented on Why Can't Hillary Answer the Question?.
“I understand but a lot of people believed in it already back in the nineties. They supported gay marriage.” - Terry Gross

I didn't even know gay people couldn't get married in the 90s. I had an unconventional upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and didn't even comprehend the insistence of straight people wanting to get married and still don't. Frankly, all religions seemed like cults to me (I didn't say they are cults, it was my perception of some of the ceremonies). It wasn't until the 2001 election that I realized half the nation was driven by religion and wanted to dictate the rest of us based on that said religion.

I didn't listen to the interview to hear the tone of voices, just read the transcript. I think they were both fine. A more direct question begets a more direct answer. It is still not clear to me why Terry wanted to know this so badly and/or why she believes that marriage equality was such an accepted concept by so many in 90s. When DOMA happened, I thought it was to help protect gays in the military from being discharged, a step in the right direction for them to be completely open. I don't recall any discussions about marriage equality at all. I evolved. I went from being unaware to publicly supporting any form of domestic partnership. It still isn't the marriage part for me, it's the rights and recognition that go along with it.
Jun 11, 2014 Seattle91 commented on International Franchise Association Files Their Lawsuit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage.
"Murray said the City of Seattle was aware of these legal threats and had done their research about compliance with relevant laws"

If their research was as good as their work on the legislative timeline for Charter Amendments, then the IFA absolutely has a winning case.

Also, why is the depth of understanding franchises limited to food establishments? Most of the franchisees I know are salons. Seriously, get out of the box.
Jun 4, 2014 Seattle91 commented on New Column!.
Hah. Great. Hilarious.
Jun 3, 2014 Seattle91 commented on Three Things to Watch for Now That Seattle Has Passed a $15 Minimum Wage Law.
"It's your fault that you are a low wage worker."
"If you can't pay people a living wage, then you don't deserve to be in business"

Both premises are obviously wrong.
Jun 3, 2014 Seattle91 commented on Three Things to Watch for Now That Seattle Has Passed a $15 Minimum Wage Law.
Great article, Anna! Thanks.
Apr 30, 2014 Seattle91 commented on The Majority-Backed Minimum Wage Plan Obtained by The Stranger.
Which small businesses asked for a phase in or exceptions? None. Based on that, we don't consider it a compromise. It is political positioning. The only ones asking for an exception or waiver is the labor unions.
Apr 18, 2014 Seattle91 commented on The $15 Movement Lays Down Its Trump Card: A Ballot Measure.
Sawant says watered down, I say common sense.

Two initiatives? Try 3 or more. The only good that will come of a ballot battle is the ad revenues that will sky rocket from out of state money.
Apr 16, 2014 Seattle91 commented on Council Member Kshama Sawant Replies to Small-Business Owner Mike Klotz.
Councilmember Sawant, while you are a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee, you are our elected representative FIRST. Your duty is to find resolve within the City Council. The fact that you are already disregarding the process of the Council Committee before work has even started shows that you have no regard for the voters or the institution.
Apr 13, 2014 Seattle91 commented on Restaurateurs Had a Minimum-Wage Lunch Chat at City Hall Yesterday, and the Crowd Raged.
@33 & @39 Thank you for stating these clarifications. These were 100% my observations as well.

@52 You are great. All around.
Apr 11, 2014 Seattle91 commented on I'm in Favor of a Tip Credit.
Service workers are hospitality industry professionals who have honed their craft.

“ . . . service is a mechanical function. It is about serving from the left, clearing from the right and not spilling wine on the table. Service is about timing; it is about serving hot food hot and cold food cold; it is about handling the credit card properly; it is all procedural. Taking care of business is important and your guests expect that you will do it efficiently and consistently.
Hospitality, on the other hand, is a human equation. It is personal. It is about me taking care of you . . . because it is YOU, not because you are one of the 75 people who will pass through my station tonight. You don't take care of 75 people anyway. You deal with one person at a time in 75 different scenarios. It is the quality of those individual interactions - the level of hospitality you provide - that determines whether I feel that you really cared about ME and my experience.
SERVERS: speaking as a guest, when you are just taking care of business effectively, I will usually give about the tip you expected because I got about what I expected. Taking care of business is worth 10-15%. However, when I get that you are taking care of ME, when you go beyond the normal parameters of your job to provide me with a delightful dining experience, I will leave you far more than you expect and I will be more anxious to return. Taking care of ME is worth 20-30% . . . or more!”

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Tipped workers in Seattle are not low wage workers. Tips are income.