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Danny Westneat takes an opinionated look at the Puget Sound region's news, people and politics.

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Nearly 2 decades after Columbine, troubled teens buying assault rifles still is perfectly legal

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:16:21 -0800

As the case of the foiled school shooting up in Everett this past week shows, we’re not making even the obvious, easy fixes to the gun violence epidemic.

Sorry, Hanford: Your radiation leaks aren’t as important as tax cuts

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The maddening disconnect in politics goes on, as politicians who just two months ago slashed taxes are demanding more money for the increasingly unstable and dangerous Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup.

That property-tax bomb they just dropped? They could defuse it if they wanted to

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:30:42 -0800

Washington state lawmakers love to talk about fixing our regressive tax system. But usually what they do is make it worse.

About those bonuses? There’s now proof they’re going straight onto the national credit card

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

It’s shocking how fast the rate of borrowing by the federal government has shot up. But in all the giddiness, nobody seems to care anymore about soaring deficits — if they ever did.

In Seattle, teachers are going rogue just to take kids on a field trip

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:57:07 -0800

A famed sciences learning program at Seattle’s Garfield High School is still on, despite being canceled by the school district. That’s because it’s gone guerrilla and off the grid.

Seattleites making a run to the border for … Coke?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

White Center finds itself a city divided — literally, down Roxbury Street — by the price of pop.

Dead-end gun arguments are the sound of society giving up

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:49:11 -0800

This past week in Olympia, the state Senate passed a ban on bump-stock devices that turn some rifles into quasi-machine-guns. The debate offered a grand tour of the most absurd arguments for why we can’t do gun control.

Wise up, liberals: Your hand is too weak right now to go all-in

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The Democrats are being pilloried by their own supporters for caving and selling out in the government shutdown. My take is that they were fortunate to wriggle out of it without losing a lot more.

Of Seattle tunnels and ‘ghost Jaguars’: Sense makes a little comeback

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:51:46 -0800

Two stories this week about Seattle bureaucratic craziness and dysfunction got unexpected responses.

His Jaguar was sold off without his permission. Then the tickets and bills began rolling in.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

It all started last summer, when Philip Corsano, a Navy-contracted ship’s mate, got word when he was working in Wales that his Jag had been towed from the street at his Seattle home for parking more than 72 hours. Now, "my car is haunting me from beyond."

Ideas for revamping old tunnel run through Seattle’s blind spot

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:35:03 -0800

Fanciful proposals for what to do with Seattle’s old Battery Street Tunnel all overlook the obvious: That it would make a fine, and desperately needed, roadway for cars and buses.

Surprise oil fight may be part of the method to Trump’s madness

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The idea of drilling for oil off the Olympic coast, in or near a marine sanctuary, is so crazy and politically radioactive that environmentalists were blindsided when the Trump administration proposed it last week. Maybe that’s all part of the plan.

Republicans’ yellow brick road always leads back to bashing Seattle

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:00:00 -0800

Local Republicans released their plan for getting out of the political wilderness in 2018. It sounds awfully similar to what hasn’t worked for them in this state in decades.

My solution to the coming downtown Seattle tunnel mess: Pay drivers to use it

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Imagine getting a 25-cent credit on your Good to Go pass for using the new Highway 99 tunnel at peak times. Sounds small, but it would help fulfill the whole point of Bertha’s Boondoggle — which was to lure the cars underground.

2017 made ‘Lie of the Year’ award obsolete

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:41:38 -0800

The legacy of this year is that there were simply too many lies uttered, even in just this week, to settle on a single lie of the entire year. It’s Trump’s world, and we’re just living in it.

Resistance isn’t just for the young. Just ask these self-described ‘old broads’ who are suing Trump

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:55:29 -0800

The fight to stop the corporate plundering of national monuments and other wild places is ramping up. It’s being fueled, in part, by some “old broads who hike” — and who are now suing the president.

Democrats’ newfound ‘zero tolerance’ isn’t the right answer on sex harassment

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Democrats now are channeling a righteous, or maybe opportunistic, purity as the #MeToo moment sweeps through American life. But policies of zero tolerance are usually a terrible idea.

The right really was coming after college next

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:48:38 -0800

Last summer, polls showed that conservatives had suddenly become widely hostile to the idea of college. Now that animus has shown up in the GOP tax plans.

After all the mass shootings, what’s Congress’ answer? Make gun laws looser

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Congress is responding to our autumn of slaughter mostly by doing nothing, or even pushing to relax our already laid-back gun laws. A group of local lawmakers has a different idea in Olympia.

The big deficits in GOP tax plan aren’t a glitch — they’re the whole point

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:31:35 -0800

Slashing taxes is going to cause big budget deficits. But the reason Republicans don’t really care is because they can use the resulting fiscal crisis to go after Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.