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Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:36 AM
Volunteer Park Trust chairman Brian Giddens shares what's been going on in the park and what's ahead.
  • Summer means it’s time for free performances in our parks by Seattle Shakespeare, GreenStage and other companies. Shakespeare when I was growing up back East meant difficult literature enlivened by sword fights; but here it’s like living in a vast Elizabethan stage.
  • About eight weeks ago in this space, we argued that, despite the allegations against him, Mayor Ed Murray should finish his term in office.
  • Several major national publications have featured articles in recent weeks addressing the increase in Seattle’s minimum wage. The concern seems to be how the increase to an eventual $15 an hour may affect the local economy. Will small businesses be able to afford this change? Will it contribute to a higher unemployment rate?
  • We certainly appreciate the public and Seattle City Council’s push for a transparent and thorough investigation into the police shooting death of Charleena Lyles last month, but we also have serious concerns about how Kshama Sawant seems to be declaring war on the Seattle Police Department.
  • Your story in the June 15 issue about the expansion of the art museum in Volunteer Park gave a lot of space to the opponents of the expansion.  Permit me to give another take.
  • Changes needed for Pride on Hill
    Because of the division and confusion Capitol Hill Pride Festival, March & Rally organizers created this year by — unsuccessfully — changing up the annual event when seemingly no one wanted it, plans are in the works to find another group to put on next year’s festivities.
  • NW Folklife to remain free for admission
    I would like to respond to a few of the opinions offered in Mark Taylor-Canfield’s opinion piece, “Keep NW Folklife affordable.”
  • Keep NW Folklife affordable
    Wikipedia claims Northwest Folklife is the “largest festival of its kind in North America,” but after 45 years, this long tradition may be coming to an end. The alarm bells are now ringing and, for folks who love Folklife, you have been warned!
  • Murray right to end campaign, shouldn’t resign
    In this clown car of candidates for Seattle mayor, we certainly didn’t want this race to be shrouded by the allegations against incumbent Ed Murray.
  • SDOT increasing paid parking hours, mum about benefit district
    Capitol Hill on-street paid parking will soon be raised from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., which the Seattle Department of Transportation believes will help free up more spaces for residents and those visiting the neighborhood’s myriad nighttime haunts.
  • Seattle's 2017 May Day protests did not produce the kind of exploitative corporate news media coverage we normally see. Relatively little property damage or violence was committed by demonstrators. Lacking were the usual videos of dumpster fires, broken bank windows and vandalism at Starbucks.
  • “I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created,” the POTUS boasted on inauguration day, promising 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.  While God has had no comment to date, troubling signs and portents of job losses have begun appearing instead.
  • Assessor: Why property taxes are going up
    It’s that time of year again: property tax statements have recently come out from King County. Taxes are going up, and it’s important to understand why, and it’s also important that we begin discussing some of the problems that are emerging with our property tax system.
  • Recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have many local residents asking this question:  Is Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana law in jeopardy?
  • First a soda tax, then a property tax, and now a countywide sales tax? Why are you considering every tax option except one that would fundamentally transform our unequal tax structure?
  • For the birds: CHS blog takes a break
    Reflecting on a well-deserved break for Capitol Hill Seattle blog's Justin Carder after a decade of service to the neighborhood, and also sharing favorite memories of his competitive pecking.
  • A reoccurring story I keep hearing from my friends and acquaintances in Seattle is what I call the “Big Move.”
    As Seattle grows and develops, the cost of real state and rents have gone through the roof, leading to the displacement of an entire population of people who have lived here all of their lives.

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