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Apr 14 billwald commented on How Seattle Gave Up on Busing and Allowed Its Public Schools to Become Alarmingly Resegregated.
First, "of color" means "African-American"in this essay. In the first paragraph, you name white, black, and Vietnamese. Page three "Latino" is mentioned but the context is "elite law schools," obviously not the "median" white, black, or Latino student in the Seattle metro area. Three paragraphs down when naming local notable people, you mention Hari Sreenivasan, a person with ancestory in the Indian sub-continent? No Chinese, Japanese, Korean . . . notable people in the Seattle metro area?

The largest ethnic group in Seattle are Asians, followed by (mostly white) Hispanics. African-Americans are a weak third. in the Pacific NW, East Asian-Americans have a higher median income, over-represented in the professions, and are better educated than white people.

The illustrations chart the populations of cities south of Seattle (intentionally ignore Bellevue/Redmond, and cities in the north) against percentages of "students of color" and poverty rate. Could the decreasing poverty rate in Seattle be caused by our hard-working Asians and not our "median" white people?

What does the interjection of "special needs" children have to do with the story? Which "race" caused the increase?

And, for the record, it was African-Americans who trashed the Rainier Valley after "white flight" and our Vietnam War refugees who reclaimed The Valley for civilized people, making it safe for white people to return and vote tax money to clean up the trash.

I started working in South Seattle and downtown about the time you started grade school, during your public school experience, and through maybe 10 years after you graduated from college.

Feb 25 billwald commented on I Still Can’t Believe There’s a Jewish Democratic Socialist from Brooklyn Who’s Already Won a Presidential Primary.
How come Jews are not a protected minority? Because Jews are better educated and have a higher median income than white people? Because no one with a higher median income may be a minority? Then I predict that another few years and East Asians will no longer be a protected minority. The day of WASP power is almost over.
Feb 18 billwald commented on Conservative Trolls Have Been Suggesting Men Go into Women's Restrooms to Help Legislators Discriminate Against Trans People.
There is no logical reason why "one holers" should not be open to every permutation of human. Or two friendly people. Say a working girl and her customer.
Feb 18 billwald commented on Engineer Who Warned of the Bertha Boondoggle Wants to Be the Tunnel Project's New Boss.
The viaduct is held up with concrete pillars. If a new pillar was installed between every existing pillar, the structure would be at least four times stronger than when built. Isn't that how the math works? Or say a below grade cut was made and decked over ala the Mercar Island I-90 cut and cover. Seems to have worked well enough for the rich people.

OK, I know the real reason for tearing down the Viaduct is that the old buildings on the east side of it will be torn down after the land is rezoned for high rise apartments. Not (even) The Stranger will research the county tax records and report who will get rich(er).
Feb 18 billwald commented on Washington State Law Makes It Virtually Impossible to Charge Police Officers Who Kill.
OK, everything would be wonderful if only black police officers worked black districts, black suspects could request an all black jury, and and police officers could request as all police officer jury.
Feb 18 billwald commented on Seattle Police Officer Punches Homeless Man, Gets One Day Suspension.
How much would you want to be paid to let people spit in your face? Police officers should wear full body armor?

Better question. Why would any qualified and also sane person want to be Seattle police officer?
Feb 18 billwald commented on Thin Blue Line Meets Blinking Red Light.
Can't call a spade a spade, pun intended. Flat shovel and card suit, of course.

All the complaints come from social workers uniformed as police officers? Any from the general public? How does he handle calls?
Feb 18 billwald commented on Construction & Destruction.
It is just happenstance that blue collar working class businesses get screwed by major construction projects but fancy tourist places . . . the city most everything to reroute the problem or whatever works.
Jan 13 billwald commented on The Big Lid.
In Seattle, as in every major city, for every big project, some important person gets much richer and many inconsequential tax payers lose money, businesses, homes . . . Who are the rich people who would get richer from this project?

No newspaper or TV station has told us the names of the people who own property on the east side of the Viaduct and who will become much richer when it comes down. How about it, Stranger???
Jan 13 billwald commented on Is Corporate Weed on Its Way to Washington State?.
If Big Tobacco is not ready to manufacture and sell reefers in cello packs as soon as federal laws are changed they are missing a sure bet.