Wonder Crop (or) Hemp-Hype Crock?

Organic marketers, Hempfest haranguers, and Midwest farmers claim hemp’s a valuable food and fiber. Antidrug campaigners call it a cover crop for marijuana legalization.

01/06/2009 By Manny Frishberg


Clear the Camps (or) Let Sleeping Bags Lie?

Seattle has a new playbook for clearing out squatter camps, but critics say it’s inhumane and leaves the homeless nowhere to go.

01/04/2009 By James Ross Gardner


Maintain Mayberry (or) Bring on the Condos?

Builders say mixed-use developments in the city keep sprawl at bay, but residents fear the threat to neighborhood identities.

01/04/2009 By Francesca Lyman


Lay Down Tracks (or) Boost the Buses?

Trolley backers claim more streetcars will convert transit haters and spur development. But buses are cheaper, and Seattleites are already flocking to them.

01/03/2009 By Eric Scigliano


Greener Oil (or) Bio Folly?

Washington politicians, energy mavens, and drivers are jumping on the biodiesel bandwagon. But skeptics warn that it steals desperately needed food crops and may actually raise greenhouse emissions.

12/28/2008 By Manny Frishberg


Open Election (or) Partisan Ploy?

A proposed voting reform is supposed to protect independent voters by banning political parties from county ballots. But opponents fear it will only protect endangered Republican officeholders.

12/28/2008 By Lee Fehrenbacher


Walking Town (or) Pedestrian Peril?

City hall is trying to stop crosswalk carnage and make Seattle safe for pedestrians, but sometimes its strategy seems to be forcing them off the street.

12/27/2008 By Sarah Anderson


Fast-Lane Reform (or) Highway Hogwash?

Tim Eyman claims his latest ballot measure will open empty lanes, cure congestion, and fulfill a state audit’s recommendations. Critics contend it will have the opposite effect—and will set back transit, too.

12/18/2008 By Manny Frishberg


Right to Know (or) Right to a Clean Slate?

What’s more important—public access to criminal files, or citizen’s right to clear their names of crimes they’ve been absolved of?

12/13/2008 By Jessica Campbell


Special Ed Ghetto (or) a Seat in the Class?

Distressed parents complain that Seattle Public Schools isolates disabled children in failing schools. Officials insist they’re doing the best they can—and maybe those kids don’t belong with other students.

12/08/2008 By Juliette Guilbert