Join the informed writers of The Times' editorial board in lively discussions at our blog, Opinion Northwest.
November 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM
Replay the live election commentary from The Seattle Times editorial board from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Our writers covered election-night parties and shared opinions and perspectives from the newsroom on the results of the Nov. 5, 2013 general election.
August 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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 know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” Manning said in a statement read on NBC’s Today Show. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”
Manning’s announcement prompted considerable discussion about whether the Army would comply with the request. The private was returned to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after sentencing. Though this issue has not come up before with military prisoners, a 1-year-old Federal Bureau of Prisons policy requires federal prisons to establish treatment plans, including hormone therapy if necessary, for inmates diagnosed with gender-identity disorder. Manning was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2010.
Last week Seattle Times editorial writer Bruce Ramsey wrote a blog post about Manning that offended many people. Though Ramsey wrote a clarication to explain he was commenting on the irony of the government possibly paying for such treatment for a stealer of state secrets, the post was written in an insensitive way. The post prompted several emails expressing dismay and hurt. Some very thoughtfully discussed the complexities of gender-identity issues and the challenges of seeking medical care that most insurance companies don’t cover.
Manning’s story and this episode provides an opportunity to have a dialogue about transgender issues. These panelists have confirmed their participation in our chat. We invite you to join our discussion to share your thoughts, comments and questions.
Danielle Askini, founder of the Gender Justice League in Seattle. Askini was featured in a Seattle Times news story on transgender pride in June.
Bruce Ramsey, editorial writer for The Seattle Times.
Sharon Pian Chan, associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times, will moderate the discussion.
Update 10:20 a.m. 8/27/13:
Ina Fried, senior editor at AllThingsD. Fried, who is based in California, covers mobile technology for the technology news site. Before joining AllThingsD she spent a decade at CNET covering, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. She a former board member and vice president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the current chair of its Transgender and Allies task force.
July 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM
The Seattle Times editorial board has grilled eight Seattle mayor candidates (Hello, Doug McQuaid, are you out there?).
Now we want to hear from you, before we decide which one to recommend to voters.
What experience and skills you want in a mayor? What needs fixing in Seattle? Who has the best plan? What are they not talking about that they should? Who doesn’t love Charlie Staadecker’s bow ties?
Voters will kick seven of them off the island on August 6, leaving two for the November general election. The candidates are Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, designer Kate Martin, socialist Mary Martin, current Mayor Mike McGinn, Doug McQuaid (we never met him), State Sen. Ed Murray, real estate broker Charlie Staadecker and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck.
Join us for a live chat with our editorial writers at noon on Friday:
Jonathan Martin, editorial writer.
Bruce Ramsey, editorial writer.
Thanh Than, multimedia editorial writer.
Sharon Pian Chan, associate opinions editor/digital.
July 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Is buying a house overrated? Join us for a live chat at noon on Tuesday, July 9. Share your thoughts, comments and questions on whether buying a house should still be part of the American Dream. These people will be joining us for the chat:
Sharon Pian Chan, associate opinions editor/digital. She owns a house in West Seattle and a condo in Capitol Hill but she thinks homeownership is overrated, and explained why in her recent column “Why you should not buy a house.”
Jane Hodges, owner of a house in West Seattle and author of “Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice.”
Editorial writer Lynne K. Varner, a homeowner on the Eastside, where the golden promise of mini-mansions that were supposed to soar in value slammed head-on into the mortgage meltdown. The Eastside is slowly, far slower than Seattle, beginning to recover.
Multimedia editorial writer Thanh Tan. She’s a renter in Capitol Hill debating whether to buy her first home.
June 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM
We held a lively discussion Thursday afternoon on the issue of regulating ride-sharing services in Seattle like UBERx, Lyft and Sidecar.
Read our Thursday editorial. According to this Seattle Times news story by reporter Alexa Vaughn, these companies are filling a niche but operating illegally. The city’s taxi operators want the City of Seattle to take action.
I moderated the panel with two guests, Eastside for Hire’s Samatar Guled and Teamsters Local 117 Director of Organizing Leonard Smith. Guled represents for-hire drivers. Smith’s union represents owners and drivers in the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association. Both agree ride-sharing services should be regulated, but they disagree on how the city should level the playing field for all drivers.
During the chat, we covered an array of topics:
- What’s the importance of regulations and licensing of taxi cabs and for-hire services by the city?
- Why is there a need to level the playing field?
- What should be done about the ride-sharing services like UBERx, Lyft and Sidecar?
- How do we ensure rider safety?
Thanks to all who participated in the chat, including users of these services. Below is a transcript of the hour-long online conversation.
June 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Guest columnist Danielle Campoamor calls Seattle’s dating scene dysfunctional and says it’s because men are too timid to approach women. If you missed it, check out her Saturday guest column, What’s wrong with Seattle’s dating scene. She also spoke to KIRO radio about her column.
Do you think it’s true that Seattle men are more timid and shy than men elsewhere? Do you have another explanation? Or do you think Seattle’s dating scene is totally normal?
Join us for a live chat with Campoamor, a Seattle freelance writer, at noon on Wednesday, June 12.
We want to hear from men, straight or gay, and women whether you’ve shared her experience.
Can’t make the chat? Let us know in our online poll whether you agree with Campoamor.
Update 4:24 p.m.
Danny O’Neil, 710 ESPN Seattle radio host and former Seattle Times sports reporter, will be stopping by at 12:30 p.m. during the Wednesday chat to talk about how he failed to ask me out. “Me” as in Sharon. Not Danielle. Danny and I are now married.
Update 6/11/2013 5:41 p.m.
We are bringing on another man’s perspective: Rishad Quazi, who leads the Seattle Singles Meetup group and works in the tech sector. The group has 7,000 members, which he says makes it the largest Meetup group in the area. Quazi has lived in cities all around the world, and has called Seattle home since 2005.
He disagrees with Campoamor about Seatle’s dating scene and this city’s male disposition, but he’s saving his thoughts for the chat. Tune in at noon Wednesday to hear from Quazi.
March 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Join us Tuesday at noon for a virtual book club. We’ll be talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In.” We’ll discuss the gender gap in Seattle leadership and how to get to an equal world based on the ideas Sandberg raises in her book. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook.
Here is my column that ran last Thursday about Sandberg’s book and the gender gap in Seattle leadership. This is a follow up blog post featuring some thoughts from U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and former Microsoft executive about whether tech companies are indifferent to women in the workplace.
Update 1:52 p.m. 3/25/13:
Political consultant Cathy Allen will be joining the chat as a featured panelist. Allen has been training women to run for office for 22 years. She works with women around the globe but is based in Seattle with the Connections Group.
Update 1:15 p.m. 3/26/13:
Thank you to Cathy Allen and everyone who joined us on the chat! It’s now over, but you can re-live the event below.