Archive for the ‘History’ Category

First They Came…

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me […]

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Did You Start the Fire?

OK, so for some reason, that old Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” from 1989 is rolling around in my head.  You know, the one that goes a little like… We didn’t start the fire It was always burning Since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No, we didn’t light […]

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It’s TWENTY-TEN. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Now that this minor detail is out of the way, I need to tell you about something that I feel rather strongly about.  The new year is 2010.  That is pronounced TWENTY-TEN.  I know that most of us have not been calling the last few years twenty-oh-nine and so forth.  We have […]

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Ivar Lives On

Anyone who has grown up in the Seattle area, especially if they are over the age of 40, is familiar with the exploits of Ivar Haglund.  Ivar is the well known founder of Ivar’s Restaurants in Seattle and throughout Cascadia.  He was also well known as a character and practical joker who formed a part […]

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Veterans Day – Rememberance Day – 2009

Since the days of exploration in the history of both the United States and Canada, the brave and the not-so-brave among us have put themselves into harms way in the name of the good of our nations.  They have prevented our territories from attack, and they have saved the lives of our citizens and residents.  […]

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Discrimination in California

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the November referendum that took the right to marry away from California gays and lesbians.  As a small consolation, they did not invalidate the legal marriages of around 11,000 couples that were already married. Proponents had based their support of the taking of rights from their […]

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The P-I: Attachment to Institutions

It has taken me a couple of days to get the courage up to write this. The day that the Seattle P-I published it’s final newsprint edition forever on Tuesday, I admittedly had a fairly emotional reaction to the whole thing.  In fact, it took me until the next day to actually open it up […]

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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am too young to have personally seen the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  In some ways, he changed the way Americans dealt with race relations during his time.  More importantly, he and others like him laid the foundation for us to change our thinking on the subject over generations.  In honor of the […]

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Celilo Falls

I have always been fascinated with the history of the Pacific Northwest.  There is so much that has gone on in our region both before and after the appearance of European settlers that is truly interesting.  Over the course of time, we have exploited the resources of our area, and in some ways, we have […]

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