Category Archives: income inequality

Regarding Housing & Land Use Policies on Bainbridge (Part II)

Jon Quitslund I’m taking up the second part of this post in the evening on the day after the June 16th Planning Commission meeting. The Housing, Land Use, and Economic elements were all on the agenda; now there’s a little … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Plan’s Five Overriding Principles (Part II)

Jon Quitslund 4. The costs and benefits to property owners should be considered in making land use decisions. I discussed the fifth Principle at length in Part I of this essay.  That principle establishes the importance of maintaining environmental resources … Continue reading

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NO on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Jon Quitslund “Guard well our human chain,/ Watch well you keep it strong,/As long as sun will shine.” (Pete Seeger, 1919-2014) I am writing in anticipation of a demonstration in Seattle on Monday, February 3, saying “NO” in response to the … Continue reading

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For the New Year

Jon Quitslund “A soul that is not confused is not a soul.”  Howard Norman starts an appealing memoir, I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), with this line from a twelfth-century Japanese poet, Saigyo.  I take … Continue reading

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Earth Day Here, Now, Always

Jon Quitslund “On its anniversary, Earth Day is worth not just celebrating but also studying – as a story with political lessons.” This is the last sentence in a thought-provoking essay by Nicholas Lemann, “When the Earth Moved,” in The … Continue reading

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The Future of Freedom

Jon Quitslund I’ve begun this on the eve of this year’s observation of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  At church this morning, the service was dedicated to Dr. King, and a passage from one of his speeches was … Continue reading

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After “Aftershock”: Responding to Robert Reich

Jon Quitslund Robert Reich’s Aftershock; The Next Economy and America’s Future (2010; updated for the Vintage Books paperback, 2011) is one among many books published by economists and public policy experts since the devastating collapses of financial institutions and the … Continue reading

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