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April 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Seattle Times editorial writers win Sigma Delta Chi award for marijuana editorials

Congratulations to Seattle Times editorial writer Jonathan Martin and retired writer Bruce Ramsey for winning the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Writing for large newspapers.


Bruce Ramsey

The winning entry comprised a series of editorials about Washington state’s marijuana legalization process that Ramsey and Martin wrote in 2013. Among them was an editorial calling out Washington’s congressional delegation for not taking a lead in efforts to amend federal law to accommodate the experiment unfolding in our state and Colorado. They also implored Attorney General Eric Holder to stand down on possible federal prosecution and urged reforms that would allow federally insured banks to serve marijuana enterprises legal in our state.


Jonathan Martin



April 10, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Three newspapers: Appoint an Eastern Washington justice, Gov. Jay Inslee

With the retirement of state Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson for health reasons, Gov. Jay Inslee will have the opportunity to appoint a justice to the nine-member panel. The Spokesman-Review and the Yakima Herald-Republic have joined The Seattle Times in encouraging the governor to look East of the Cascades for his choice. Johnson has been a…


0 Comments | Topics: Jay Inslee, law, Washington State Supreme Court

August 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Chat rewind: Chelsea Manning, Bradley Manning and transgender rights

A new dimension was added to the criminal case of the soldier sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing  state secrets last week. The soldier charged and convicted as Bradley Manning announced a desire to be known as a woman named Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to…


0 Comments | More in Live chats | Topics: bradley manning, chelsea manning, lgbt

August 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Washington state wins on Yucca Mountain nuclear site in federal court

Big, if belated, news this morning is Washington state’s victory before the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals in its efforts to get the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to follow the law on a long-term nuclear waste repository. In its 2-1 ruling, the appeals panel ordered the NRC to resume its work on whether Yucca…


0 Comments | Topics: Hanford, nuclear waste, washington state

June 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Questions for Mayor Mike McGinn and his challengers? Share them with us

Sure, it’s summer and the last thing you want to do is think about politics. But it’s time again to do your civic duty. Campaign season is in full swing with a full slate of candidates challenging incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and incumbents in other races drawing worthy challengers. Last week, members of The Seattle…


0 Comments | Topics: 2013 elections, Bellevue City Council, Bellevue School Board

May 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

NBA in Sacramento: Kings fans’ perspective

Sacramento Kings fans are basking in the victory of their determined mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, community leaders and a group of eager buyers. Here’s the Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman’s take on Wednesday’s 22-8 decision by the NBA Board of Governors to have the Kings stay put in Sacramento rather than move…


0 Comments | Topics: Jack Ohman, nba, Sacramento Bee

April 30, 2013 at 6:10 AM

State Department hits right tone in denouncing North Korea charges against Kenneth Bae

The charges North Korea filed against Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood last week are “unwarranted,” and he should be released, a U.S. State Department official said Monday. “These charges, we believe, are completely unwarranted,” said Joseph Y. Yun, the acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.“We really do urge North Korea to…


0 Comments | Topics: association of opinion journalists, john kerry, joseph yun

April 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Our editorial writer Thanh Tan is a winner of the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for digital video

Congratulations to our colleague Thanh Tan for being part of a team that won a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism in the online reporting/digital video category. Thanh and her former colleagues at the Texas Tribune  won for their report, entitled “Fertile Ground,” which examined the Texas Legislature’s deep funding cuts to…



April 22, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Why the Washington Legislature should pay for crisis intervention training for police

Joyce Ostling holds a portrait of her late son, Doug Ostling.

Joyce Ostling holds a portrait of her late son, Doug Ostling. (Photo by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times.)

After finishing my Sunday column about the need for requiring crisis intervention training for police officers, I was able to catch up to Bill and Joyce Ostling, who have a poignant personal story that makes the case for state funding unequivocally.

I was writing as the mother of a teen-ager with autism, but they come at the issue as parents who raised a son and helped him through a troubled adulthood, only to watch him be shot by a police officer at their own home. “It was horrible,” Joyce said on the phone. Doug had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was suspected of having Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.

Their son, 43, died in October 2010. A federal jury concluded the City of Bainbridge Island and the police chief failed to provide adequate training — this story in The Times by reporters Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin, gives a chilling account of that night. (Jonathan has since joined the editorial page staff.) The Ostlings were awarded $1 million, according to this June 2012 story.

Bill and Joyce have been lobbying the Legislature to ensure what happened that night to their son never happens again.


0 Comments | Topics: Doug Ostling, mental illness, police training

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