What's Tony Thinking

Books That Ask Questions

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June 14, 2019 — It is the time of the year when lists of “summer reading suggestions” circulate. Here’s another. But this is a bit more than a list of good books. It is a reflection on how easily we the living assume a position of moral superiority in relation to those who lived at other times and in... Read More

From the Wallowas

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June 12, 2019 — We got to the cabin earlier than usual this year, arriving on Monday, to converge with Laura and Linda driving from the mid-west. It’s a wonderful time to be here. All the evergreens have their almost neon-green new growth at the tips of their branches. The lilacs are blooming, both the newer ones we’ve planted... Read More

Post Alley: A New Entrant in Seattle’s Civic Conversation

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June 9, 2019 — “Post Alley” is the latest creation from Seattle’s great civic entrepreneur, David Brewster. As many readers will know, Brewster has founded a number of such contributions to Seattle’s civic life, including The Seattle Weekly, Town Hall, Crosscut, and most recently Folio. Now Post Alley, an on-line “marketplace of ideas.” Joining David in the creation of Post Alley... Read More

Why Do You Think That??!

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June 6, 2019 — It is the season for commencement speeches. Sometimes you even hear a good one. I did. Well, actually I read it, an edited version in The Wall Street Journal. It was given by a physician, Dr. Jon LaPook, who teaches at NYU’s Langone Health Institute and is a medical correspondent for CBS News. Dr. LaPook... Read More

4,000 Words

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June 2, 2019 — With the old line, “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” in mind this Sunday post mostly consists of pictures. I made a trip downtown (Seattle downtown that is) the other day and checked out the progress on taking down the Viaduct. It’s quite an enterprise. It’s a little like dental surgery, with a combination drill... Read More

After Mueller: Now What?

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May 31, 2019 — What to make of Robert Mueller’s “over and out” performance this week? A bit of a head-scratcher. “I can’t say he did not obstruct justice but neither can I say that he did.” “There’s evidence that the President obstructed justice but sitting Presidents can’t be charged with a crime so we didn’t charge him.” Say... Read More

No Debate Allowed!

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May 27, 2019 — I had a note from a reader last week about an event that had been scheduled for Ballard’s Peddler Brew Pub but which was cancelled under pressure. The idea of the event at Peddler was for people across the ideological spectrum to discuss homelessness in Seattle. One of the participants was going to be Christopher... Read More

Abortion: The Missing Person

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May 23, 2019 — Abortion is in the news as new, and extremely conservative, legislation is passed in Alabama and Mississippi and considered elsewhere. I’ve never found abortion an easy issue to resolve in my heart and mind. I preferred it when we spoke of it as “tragic,” and the goal was “safe, legal and rare.” As the new... Read More

Easter: Maybe It’s Not Up to Us?

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May 21, 2019 — Here is a follow-up to my own post-Easter piece on New York Times columnist, Nick Kristof’s, conversation with Union Seminary President, Serene Jones. Colleague and friend, Matt Fitzgerald, also responded to the Kristof/ Jones piece in an essay at the Christian Century website. It’s terrific. The Century titled Matt’s short piece, “The Same Old Easter Debate about... Read More

Notes from Hawaii

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May 20, 2019 — Our Hawaii idyll comes to an end now. We head home to Seattle today after two weeks in Hawaii, celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, which is today, May 20. Our time alternated, by intention, between days that were just the two of us, and time with family and friends. The first week we were on... Read More