Climate Change Environment Health care

Time to escalate the war on cars: treat driving like smoking in restaurants

Here are some links about how harmful (fossil fuel-powered) auto and truck traffic is to human health.  They also are a major contributor to green-house gas emissions and a major reason the U.S. goes to war so often. CBS News reports: Nearly half of Americans breathe dirty air, report finds Many daycare centers and schools […]

Economic Inequality GOP GOP Crimes

GOP Tax Plan: raise taxes on the middle class, students and the elderly, so the rich can get yet more tax breaks

The GOP Plan Is the Biggest Tax Increase in American History, By Far The big deficits in GOP tax plan aren’t a glitch — they’re the whole point. “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 […]

Environment

Employers should stop subsidizing free parking by employees

The Bellevue Planning Commission has recently suggested encouraging employers to stop subsidizing free parking by employees.   The intention is to incentivize people to  use public transportation and other alternatives to commuting by car.   The benefits would be clear: less traffic congestion, less pollution, and a more pleasant environment. As expected, there’s a posting on nextdoor.com […]

Psychology Role of government War Women's rights

Was the Noble Savage noble? Or savage?

There has been a debate in the press recently about whether the state (nation) is fundamentally a source of exploitation and war, or whether it’s a civilizing influence on humans’ natural brutal nature. The debate has echoes of Jean-Jacque Rousseau versus Thomas Hobbes, as well as echos of FDR versus the Koch brothers. In short, […]

GOP Lies Washington State Politics

Dishonest, negative campaign ads by Republicans in Bellevue

I got a flier in the mail today from Friends of Jared Nieuwenhuis, Friends of Steve Fricke, and Friends of Phil Yin that says “STOP THESE CANDIDATES FROM BRINGING HEROIN INTO BELLEVUE.” The candidates referred to are Karol Brown, Lynne Robinson, and Janice Zahn. What a scare tactic! If this isn’t negative campaigning, I don’t […]

Politics

Time to stop being polite to Repugs: Stop being Complicit

In society there are rules of etiquette that enjoin us to respect political and religious differences.  For example, at work, at the store, and on social networks such as nextdoor.com, we are expected to be nonpartisan and to respect differences of opinion. But given the racism, sexism, craziness, and all-round destructiveness of the conservative movement […]