Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:41 PM
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning.
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning. 
  • Two Seattle police officers recently proved that the Seattle Police Department’s new use-of-force (UF) policies don’t bind them in emergency situations. 
  • I was stung by the realization of what had just happened: We were bypassed, not seen, invisible because of…what? Our age? Our supportive shoes? My husband’s white mustache? My dorky, blue fleece? 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | Sept. 17, 2014
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit www.miltpriggee.com.  
  • According to Allstate Insurance’s 2014 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” Seattle ranks 173rd out of 200 U.S. cities. The report noted that Seattle drivers were 36 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average. 
  • Nothing makes someone trust you more than when you promise him or her something and then you keep your promise. 
  • If the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) goes through with its recently announced plan euphemistically, called “Stepping Forward,” the agency would instantly turn into the city’s biggest rent gouger. 
  • ASK RAY ABOUT REAL ESTATE | Size doesn’t matter with real estate companies
    The agent we like works at a small company. I’m concerned that we might be better off going with a bigger real estate firm. Will our home have more exposure and more showings if we hire the big, well-known company? 
  • Next March, King County Metro’s low-income riders will be able to ride for a lower fare of just $1.50. Metro estimates upward of 100,000 people will qualify for the new fare card. 
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant Watoto died last week. Zoo employees discovered the animal collapsed early one morning. After attempts to upright her, they euthanized her. Watoto was 45. 
  • STARLA SPEAKS | For a few tabbies more
    There is Kismet, and then there is “Kitmet.” Or is it “Catmet”? Just ask Queen Anne resident Stellman Keehnel: As one of the country’s top litigators, Keehnel may be fierce in the courtroom, but he’s a pushover when a tabby cat comes to his door. 
  • As parents and teachers prepared for a new school year, the state Supreme Court quietly agreed in August to hear a case that may prove as influential as McCleary v. State of Washington for the state’s public schools. 
  • The Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced last month that it is asking Seattle citizenry to “Tweet Smart” during police activity. 
  • RAMBLINGS | Too cool for school shopping
    If you’ve been watching TV for any time period of longer than 15 minutes during the last couple of weeks, you’ve no doubt become inundated with “back-to-school” advertisements. 
  • I did it. I outwitted Google, eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. On July 28, 2014, at 6:17 p.m., the Internet as we know it ended. The World Wide Web is no longer a bestower of all things. 
  • I really appreciated Irene Hopkins recent article about Ferguson (“A Roll of the Dice,” Aug. 20). A tough subject, and I was glad to see it addressed in a social, relaxed column like hers because that’s where we discover what matters to our neighbors. 
  • The article by John V. Fox “City Council Not Listening to Growth-Impact Critics,” Aug. 13) was very close to being on target. 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | Aug. 27, 2014
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit www.miltpriggee.com. 
  • Below is a column I wrote eight years ago in the month of August. Very bleak and sad, yet all of the remarks still have resonance eight years later. 
  • The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would require construction companies bidding on city projects to be based in Seattle and hire Seattle workers. 
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