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4:06 PM yesterday j2patter commented on I, Anonymous.
@5 in fairness I think it was other staff writers complaining on slog how shitty it was, especially since Ansel was an unpaid intern.
4:03 PM yesterday j2patter commented on I, Anonymous.
If you felt that bad, just go over and give the theft $10 bucks or offer him a bottle beer. Typical Seattle bs, its not about helping people its about looking better than others...
Sep 18 j2patter commented on Hate Read This Seattle Times Story About the Struggle of Two Upper Middle Class People in the Suburbs.
Ugh. So the stranger wants more women in ceo/vp/management roles, but when a woman complains about lack of maternity benefits and cost of child care, the stranger calls it a hate read.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/201…
Sep 18 j2patter commented on Hate Read This Seattle Times Story About the Struggle of Two Upper Middle Class People in the Suburbs.
@22 agreed. $48k for child care means the secondary earner needs to make over $70k to just break even. For a paper that writes a lot about gender income inequality they might have a bit more sympathy here.
Sep 18 j2patter commented on Hate Read This Seattle Times Story About the Struggle of Two Upper Middle Class People in the Suburbs.
Why hate read? There's a lot to get upset about in this article:

1) America has no laws on maternity leave. None. Zero.

2) Childcare is ridiculously expensive because we're not investing in it in society. That means that although they have a two family income, the amount due to child care is really reducing the second income. Lets assume Gunn pulls in around 90k a year, after taxes that's 64.8k, and after childcare that's 35k. A high cost of child care does effect how many people go into the work force vs stay at home. 48k a year for child care is something to get angry about, especially if you want more women in the work force.

3) Secondary education will cost them about 400k for both kids. Really?!?! Secondary education used to be much cheaper when it actually was publicly funded, but we've cut and cut and cut it. At the same time the job market is losing low skill jobs and moving to high skill jobs as fast as possible. We're not funding this transition at either a k-12 or a secondary school level. This is worth getting angry about.

If there's anything to hate read it's this Stranger article. Homelessness in Seattle is horrible and we need funding to go to it. But it's not a zero sum game. The same way we need to fund homelessness is the same way we need to fund child care/education. We need to move of our regressive tax system and we need an income tax. If the 99% of us start realizing this and realizing it's not just the poor who's losing out by our regressive tax system then maybe we'll start voting to change it. The 99% will only win if we work together, not if we divide ourselves. And the 1% puts in enough time, money and energy to keep the 99% divided that we shouldn't be doing their work from them.
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Sep 15 j2patter commented on If You Live in Seattle and Your Household Makes Less than $80,000 a Year, You're Now in the Minority.
@7 do you think those old houses being torn down are "affordable"? Most are going for 500k +. Looking at redfin most homes in ballard go for over 500k+, including the ones that are just tear downs. Just cause 1 house is replaced with 4 unaffordable town houses doesn't mean the original house was affordable. And at least it gets 4+ people out of the rental market.

Although I agree we need development + regulation, one without the other won't help.
Aug 26 j2patter commented on Private Investigator Gets $65,000 Contract from City to Hunt for Police Whistleblower.
Thats over half of what seattle plans to spend on dog parks this year. Considering seattle has over 100 000+ dog owner citizens thats fucked up.

@Ansel - you guys dropped the ball reporting on the cities master dog plan. So far one mention in the daily news round up, and that mention was incorrect. It said Seattle might improve/increase the amount of beach access, which the plan explicitly recommends against.
Aug 22 j2patter commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
Not that i expect in depth coverage, but it seems like slog hasnt even mentioned it...
Aug 22 j2patter commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
Hey Ansel, this may sound trolly, but where the heck is any coverage on the flooding in the south?
Aug 17 j2patter commented on Why Is There a Surveillance Tower Outside CenturyLink Stadium?.
Move this to mercer in SLU and use it to ticket all the cars who run red lights or block the intersection. At least then it would go to some good use.