Marjorie Young.

The Psychic View – Why me?

By Marjorie Young

One day recently, my friend ‘Rachel’ disclosed some unexpected news; she’d been diagnosed with colon cancer. Obviously, this is enough to unsettle anyone, but her disquiet had an additional cause. Rachel follows a strict diet, is physically active, and moreover, attempts to live by spiritual values. She attends yoga class daily and never fails to meditate. Beyond this, she vows to be ‘loving and forgiving’ to all, though, being human, anger sometimes rears its ugly head. Yet, despite creating a well-regulated, harmonious existence, she was beset with a serious disease. “After all I’ve done to get my life together, why should this happen to me?” she lamented.

While sympathetic, I was nonetheless taken aback. Did she truly believe if she ‘did everything right’ that nothing ‘bad’ could happen to her? Obviously, eating with care, plentiful exercise, and meditation are highly desirable choices…which may lessen chances of developing myriad conditions, including heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure. Yet, they are certainly no guarantee of living affliction-free.

More ›

The Monorail: 52 Years and Counting...

by Libby Carr, Campaign Manager, Century Transportation Campaign

Once upon a time, there was a city whose leaders thought: “What might we do that would put Seattle on the map as a World Class city and help ensure a brighter future for our fair city and the Northwest?”

The answer was to become the site for the 1962 World's Fair. Three of the components that captivated the interest of hundreds of thousands of world visitors were the Pacific Science Center, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Monorail.

More ›
Photo by Shane Harms
Director and star of "Whack-job," Dan Gildark, at West of Lenin Theatre.

New Year, New Common Sense Approach to Climate Change


By Lu Nelsen, lucasn@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Our nation spent nearly $7 billion responding to extreme weather in 2013. Events that endanger livelihoods nationally, and especially in rural and small town America. These destructive storms, devastating droughts, dangerous flooding and paralyzing winter weather highlight the need for action. We must confront threats that climate shifts pose to rural communities, and the nation.

The new year provides an opportunity to take commonsense steps to address carbon pollution, a major contributing factor to these threats. Currently, there is no limit on the amount of carbon pollution that American power plants can emit, but new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency would help limit these emissions.

Closing loopholes for high-polluting power plants is crucial to protect community health and our natural resources. Several other power plant by-products are limited, but carbon emissions have been overlooked, leaving the door open for some of the biggest polluters in the nation to get off scot-free.

More ›