Politics Washington State Politics

Sen. Patty Kuderer speaks in Kirkland about the proposed state bank

Friday evening in Kirkland, State Senator Patty Kuderer spoke about the establishment of a state bank for Washington State. Last year, Governor Inslee signed a budget that included $480,000 to develop a proposal for the creation of a public cooperative bank. Professional bankers and economists are in the process of working out details of how the […]

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 are 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 […]

Donald Trump

Letter to the editor in the Bellevue Reporter: A National Emergency

The following letter to the editor, by me, appears in the  the Bellevue Reporter under the heading “A National Emergency,” both in the print edition and online here (scroll down past the first letter). During the first two years of Trump’s presidency, Republicans had a chance to build the wall; they didn’t. They had a […]

Taxation Washington State Politics

Capital gains tax at risk. Contact legislators!

Please contact Guy Palumbo, Mark Mullet, Dean Takko, and Steve Hobbs and ask them to support the capital gains tax bill SB 5314 (“Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state’s tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief”). They’re the ones who may prevent one from happening. […]

Accountability

Credible allegations of cover-ups about JFK, MLK, and RFK assassinations

I eschew giving credence to far-out conspiracy theories. But given the accumulated evidence that there was a cover-up about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am sharing a link to this googledoc, which was signed by a prestigious list of professionals and celebrities, many who had first-hand knowledge of the relevant events in […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Taxation Washington State Politics

Only the Wealthy Decide What Social Issues to Fix

Corporate and billionaire giving helps their image more than it helps us January 19, 2019 By Matthew CaruchetReprinted from Economic Opportunity Institute Microsoft announced this week that it will spend $500 million to offset the lack of affordable housing and combat homelessness around Lake Washington. The money will be dispensed through loans and grants to […]