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The Seattle Times Jerry Large – The Seattle Times

I try to write about the intersections of everyday life and big issues. I like to invite readers to think a little differently. The topics I choose represent the things in which I take an interest, and I try to deal with them the way most folks would, som

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700


Students need tech skills for more than just jobs — they need it to be good citizens

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Reading is fundamental, the arts are essential and history is a must. But more than at any time in our development, an understanding of math and science has become crucial in our political and personal lives.

A millionaire can save kids, and so can communities

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Don’t give up on kids, just give them the boost they need.

Amazingly, our partisan divide is getting even wider

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

A new Pew survey of Americans shows the current partisan divide dwarfs divisions based on other characteristics, such as religion, race or gender. Now more than ever, we need to figure out how to compromise.

Can we give the government a little respect?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s popular to hate on the federal government, but try giving it some love instead. We couldn’t manage without it.

Players protesting because it’s not enough to write a check to fight racism

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Taking on racism directly is hard, but necessary, for players and the rest of us. Why? White supremacy lingers over our lives because previous generations have failed to end it.

Ahead of number retirement, ex-Seahawk Kenny Easley talks injuries, hits Trump on protests

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Kenny Easley shared his perspective on a range of topics in a phone call this week as he prepared to visit Seattle for two honors this weekend. He talked about protests, the physical damage football does, Donald Trump and faith.

Seahawks get it right, kindle hope for ‘equality and justice for all’ in anthem statement

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:06:44 -0700

President Trump has drawn more Americans into the fight against his view of America.

Blacks, whites way apart in views on income inequality … and we’re the worse for it

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Many Americans seem to have persuaded themselves that discrimination is a thing of the past, according to a Yale study out this week. It’s a case of fantasy superseding the real dream of equality. Just ask Colin Kaepernick.

Trump, hate groups draw power from the indifferent

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0700

A new poll about Americans’ racial attitudes shows most people don’t support racist ideology. Unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that.

With Ed Murray mess behind us, time to focus on child abuse

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The drama in recent months over whether he sexually abused youths years ago ought to direct our efforts to stopping child abuse, period. Let’s do that.

Today’s bad politics are built on yesterday’s fake history

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0700

A better understanding of history would yield better politics today.

Beyond Dreamers, the U.S. needs a moral immigration policy

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Immigration reform has to go beyond doing the right thing for the most appealing people, Dreamers. A moral policy requires a deeper look at who we are and who we want to be. We have to compare our stated values to our actions.

Labor Day under Trump? Not exactly a picnic

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 13:20:17 -0700

Workers, even the more than 90 percent who don’t belong to a union, are going to have to pay attention and advocate for each other if they want to advance — or even to retain many of the rights that previous generations fought for.

Harvey has your eyes this week, but climate change needs your action

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s already too late to stop every effect of climate change, but there’s still time for governments and people like you and me to tap the brakes and reduce some of the worst outcomes.

Holocaust lessons play a vital role after Charlottesville — just ask Seattle survivors, educators

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The phones have been ringing at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle. A director there makes the case for using the vile neo-Nazi rally recently in Virginia to remember our common humanity.

Philanthropy and protest part of Michael Bennett’s identity

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Seahawks’ defensive end has been sitting when the national anthem is played as a way to call attention to the absence of justice for all. That’s Bennett making a unique kind of connection and working for social change.

Our world is better because people kept pushing, even when the light seemed to fade

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0700

As we prepare for the awe of Monday’s solar eclipse so carefully predicted by scientists, we might wonder when we can predict real racial progress. This much we know: Progress is harder when we’re all on different pages.

Now that we can say white supremacy, we can end it

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Charlottesville and Trump should open the eyes of Americans to racism at all levels.

No sane person wants to use nukes. So what’s the deal with Trump and Kim Jong Un?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0700

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in the midst of a war of words over nuclear weapons. But there are no better options for dealing with North Korea than patient diplomacy.

Campus diversity part of path to fairness for all, despite what conservative strategists say

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Identity politics is propelling the latest fight against affirmative action at Harvard. But it’s important to remember why that action was needed in the first place.