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Don’t put a LID on it, say some downtown residents

caption: A vision of what the waterfront could be - with a few extra thousand in taxes.
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A vision of what the waterfront could be - with a few extra thousand in taxes.

Why some condo owners feel a waterfront improvement levy is taxation without real representation. Speaking of money: who’s profiting from college athletes, and should that include the athletes themselves? One way to end the shutdown fight might be to remove the border entirely. And one comedian used humor to cope through the trauma of cancer, miscarriage, and rebirth.

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Seattle LID tax

Seattle’s waterfront is in bloom: on track for an aquarium expansion, a 20-acre public park, a pedestrian bridge from Pike Place to the water, and more. The city wants to tax people who own property downtown to help pay for all this, but some owners – like retiree Karen Gielen, who’s lived in a downtown condo for many years – say this so-called LID tax would be an undue financial burden.

Should athletes profit from their brand?

Who’s raking in all the cash from ex-Husky football player Myles Gaskin’s jerseys? More to the point: should student athletes be able to make money off their own brands? Republican Representatives Drew Stokesbary and Robert Sutherland mulled over the issue.

Nations without borders?

President Trump’s shutdown over a border wall has stretched into its 34th day. But… what if we didn’t have a border at all? It’s a question worth asking, says University of Washington professor Michael Blake. He teaches philosophy, public policy, and governance, and is the author of an article called “What exactly is the point of the border?”

Ophira Eisenberg

At 40, Ophira Eisenberg was on top of the world. She was performing standup. Her new book “Screw Everyone” chronicled her adventurous path to monogamy. And she had a job at NPR. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer, went into remission, got pregnant, and miscarried. She spoke with Bill Radke about the unexpected complications life throws our way (and the humor in them).

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