October 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Every week, tens of thousands of Seattle Times readers turn to Rant & Rave to see what’s on the minds of their fellow citizens. One ranter may complain about a TV news anchor’s “hideous eye makeup.” A raver may thank a good Samaritan for saving a dog that jumped out of a window. The cheers and jeers are endless and varied.
Have you ever wondered how Rant & Rave comes together each week? Seattle Times staffer Madeline McKenzie and I pulled back the curtain on Rant & Rave during a live chat on Wednesday. We reviewed some of the most outlandish and heartwarming items from years past; talked about how they’re selected; and collected new rants and raves — from you.
Catch up with the conversation here.
September 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM
The reporter for The Seattle Times’ Sea Change project, Craig Welch, hosted a live chat on Tuesday. View the replay below.
Joining Craig for the chat were:
* Dr. Jeremy T. Mathis, a Supervisory Oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. Mathis is an expert on ocean acidification in polar regions. He has conducted over a dozen cruises in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea and is currently studying the economic impacts of ocean acidification on Alaska’s fisheries.
* Dr. Richard A. Feely, a Senior fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification. In November 2010, he was awarded the Heinz Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification.
Welch also hosted a Reddit AMA (Ask me Anything) this morning.
August 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Join The Seattle Times today at 1 p.m. for a live chat about tenants’ rights and how to avoid squabbles with landlords over housing-cost increases, deposit losses and other issues. We’ve invited Executive Director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, Jonathan Grant, and legal counsel for the Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound, Chris Benis, to the discussion.
Send in questions ahead of time to reporter Alexa Vaughn at email@example.com or pop into the chat later and ask then.
Jonathan Grant, executive director, Tenants Union of Washington State: He became director in 2010 and has counseled over 3,000 tenants across Washington on the best practices to assert their rights, and is a voting member of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance State Legislative Committee. Grant has also worked at the National Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Justice Project and Solid Ground Tenant Services.
August 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM
It’s peak season for hiking so it’s fitting that Sunday’s Pacific Northwest magazine cover story concerned the topic. Author Ron C. Judd’s feature story, titled “Splinter in the Woods,” examines a fight between outdoors groups over whether to repair roads into wild areas.
From the piece: Do conservationists have any right –- let alone responsibility — to protect wilderness areas by working to keep people out of them? What place do roads – anathema on their face to wilderness legislation, which forbids mechanized travel – have in or near designated wild areas? And with the federal Wilderness Act approaching middle age, turning 50 next year, and the old “multi-use” (logging) road web crumbling, which of those roads should be maintained, and who picks up the check?
Judd hosted a live chat on seattletimes.com.
June 28, 2013 at 6:01 AM
Join us at noon Friday for an online chat about bicycling conditions in Seattle.
Our guests — Professor John Pucher of Rutgers University and Barb Chamberlain, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington — will take questions, joined by Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times transportation reporter.
You can e-mail questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related story: Worse than Manhattan? Bike expert rattled by ride through city (June 25)
June 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM
Need help managing challenging dementia-related situations while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other memory-impairing disease? Experts from Emeritus Senior Living are holding a live chat Tuesday morning, offering candid tips for the challenges now faced by some 15 million caregivers.
Topics include how to diminish wandering, agitation, aggression, and inappropriate sexual verbal and physical behavior, as well as tips for overcoming resistance to the chores of daily living such as eating and bathing, handling continence issues and communicating with someone who doesn’t know who you are.
The chat, featuring Diana Engle, Emeritus’ memory care training specialist, will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday. To register, go to the Live Chat link on the home page of www.emeritus.com, and enter the meeting room 15 minutes before the event begins. Questions may be submitted online during the chat, or in advance at Live.Chat@emeritus.com.
May 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Times reporter Bob Young and a trio of marijuana experts held a live chat on Friday. State Liquor Control Board Deputy Director Rick Garza, ACLU of Washington drug-policy director Alison Holcomb, and dispensary owner John Davis all answered questions on marijuana legalization. Read their comments below.
February 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates and well-known industry analyst Richard Aboulafia of The Teal Group will hold an online chat with readers Friday at noon to explore the 787 grounding, Boeing’s upcoming airplane programs and other subjects affecting the region’s largest business employer.
Gates has covered Boeing for The Seattle Times for a decade.
Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for 25 years, is an incisive and outspoken commentator on the commercial and defense sides of the industry.
January 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM
President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s controversial immigration system. We invited three experts from Washington state with very different perspectives on the issue to join us in an online conversation with readers.
The moderator will be veteran reporter Lornet Turnbull, who joined The Seattle Times in 2004 and has covered a variety of social issues, including immigration, demographics and same-sex marriage.
Ira Mehlman is national media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a national public interest organization that supports more controlled immigration and enforcement of current immigration laws.
Jorge L. Barón is executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families across Washington State.
Mike Gempler is executive director of the Washington Growers League in Yakima, an industry organization that provides services and advocates for growers on labor and employment issues.
January 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM
What can Seattle and Washington state do to reduce gun violence?
On Wednesday at noon, Seattle Times readers are invited to participate in an online chat about those topics and others with state Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, and Phil Watson, special projects director for the Second Amendment Foundation.
Kline, who has been in the Senate since 1997, is a fierce advocate of stricter gun laws. Watson, a conservative activist, is an equally fierce defender of gun rights.
Here is more information about the participants:
Adam Kline, a Democrat and longtime lawyer, has represented South Seattle and South King County in the state Senate since 1997. During that time, he has sponsored several gun policy bills, including efforts to ban assault weapons and require federal background-checks at gun shows. For the past eight years, he has chaired the Judiciary Committee, which works on gun policy. When the new Legislature convenes next week, he will serve as the ranking minority member of that committee.
Phil Watson is a local conservative political activist currently involved in several organizations that advocate for gun rights. He is the director of special projects for the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, the executive director of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arm Rights and the online editor of TheGunMag.com.
Moderator Brian M. Rosenthal is a Seattle Times staff reporter.
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