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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

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Rampant inequity is solvable in King County — just ask Dr. David Fleming

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Using lessons learned in other countries, a local project, Global to Local, continues its search for the best ways to improve health through improving communities.

Beverly Tatum wrote the book about race talk. She’s at it again with an urgency for our times.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The clinical psychologist wrote the best-seller in the 1990s and is now updating the text. On a recent visit to Seattle, she said she believes we need to have conversations about race in order to create better communities for everyone.

Trump’s out of control — so let’s elect a Congress that can contain him

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Trump annoys the British, as reaction to his retweets of a right-wing, anti-Muslim group in Britain demonstrated last week. But he’s a real danger to us Americans.

Jenny Durkan, don’t expect a minute’s rest as Seattle’s mayor

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

With a new mayor, Seattle is again off on a journey of discovery. Will we get what we voted for?

Sexual abuse, racism, violence — our heroes are sometimes also bad

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Putting people like movie directors, comedians and politicians on a pedestal is dangerous. Best to admire good actions without assuming too much about what lies beneath. That’s one way to stay sane.

Is uprising the only way out of gross inequality? Maybe so

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Researchers find evidence that, even in early societies, great inequality was followed by big uprisings. That might be on our horizon.

Bill Gates just gave us 50 million ways to re-think the human brain

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist donated $50 million this week to fight Alzheimer’s. Together with company co-founder Paul Allen, the two remind us how devastating a hobbled brain is to anyone touched by the disease.

… Kevin Spacey … Louis C.K. … Maybe now we’re really going to fight sexual abuse

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

This is a special moment. A torrent of voices being raised against sexual abuse makes a big, sustained push to improve the status of women possible and, I think, likely.

Two UW students — one black, one white — offer hope in their personal fight for equality

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Jaron Reed Goddard and Joshua Dawson come from different backgrounds. Together, they’re trying to turn the negative racial climate in this country into positive action.

A reminder about strongman rule before Trump’s visit to the Philippines

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Raissa Robles, in Seattle on a recent book tour, worries Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte represents a move away from democracy toward dictatorship. Sound familiar?

Here and across the U.S., Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers finally get some props

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Jeff Pimentel, of Mercer Island, recently attended a ceremony in D.C. honoring people like his father from World War II. It should be just the beginning of such recognition.

Civics is making a comeback … with youths, at least

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Yet another national poll suggests American adults have turned blind to both the facts and ideals of our democracy. Look to Susan Bergman’s civics class in Federal Way for a ray of hope.

Trump stirs up GOP opposition … Now ask what you can do

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s a good sign that members of the president’s own party are taking him to task for toxic leadership. Just don’t forget your own responsibility as a citizen in future elections. That’s where real change comes.

The American dream suffers … even in booming, glittering Seattle

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Economic segregation makes it hard for the poor to move up the ladder. That’s just not healthy in a democracy. We have to do something.

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.