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B-Town’s Dog Blogger Marley A. Mutt: It’s the Year of the Dog!

B-Town’s Dog Blogger Marley A. Mutt: It’s the Year of the Dog!

By Marley A. Mutt Gung Hay Fat Choy B-Town! That’s Happy New Year B-Town in Cantonese. 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac and I am thrilled to finally have a year I can call my own. I... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: What it was like singing live at Benaroya Hall!

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: What it was like singing live at Benaroya Hall!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School. In 2016, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. By Cass Huff Hey B-Town Readers! I’m... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>The Benefits of Recognition</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: The Benefits of Recognition

The Benefits of Recognition By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Saying “Thank You” matters. Whether in your personal life or in the workplace. Showing gratitude promotes... [Read more]

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are re-posting this column (originally run Nov. 2, 2008) in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life and work we celebrate today:] “When machines and computers,... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Economic Forecast – Stronger Together</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Economic Forecast – Stronger Together

Economic Forecast – Stronger Together By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats”. But, did you know that Kennedy... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Reasons to Speak Up About Speaking Out

CLIFF’S EDGE: Reasons to Speak Up About Speaking Out

The Burien City Council heard from The Seattle Times this week with what I would assume was unsolicited advice. Some might be surprised at The Times weighing in on the ongoing local dispute over a council... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: ‘I was born an absent-minded professor.’

CLIFF’S EDGE: ‘I was born an absent-minded professor.’

I’m not easily embarrassed, and that’s a good thing, given how likely I am to say and do embarrassing things. I really outdid myself this week, however, and not only am I figuratively blushing in... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

The first item to catch my eye in this particular newspaper was a column written by the newspaper’s founding director. He is writing from a conference of “street paper” representatives from around... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: The topic is preservation of local news media

CLIFF’S EDGE: The topic is preservation of local news media

I hope Scott Schaefer is reading – or has already read – this along with you and all the others who pay attention to The B-Town Blog. (Actually, I’m pretty sure he reads each of my weekly rants... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: We (I) can get even better at this voting stuff…

CLIFF’S EDGE: We (I) can get even better at this voting stuff…

While ballots in elections locally and across the country are still being counted, there are far too many conclusions being drawn and distributed as to what the election results mean. I can’t deny the... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Halloween around our house…

CLIFF’S EDGE: Halloween around our house…

Halloween comes and goes in a reasonably consistent way around our house. A day or so before the annual evening of tricks (I recall those when I was a kid, but see little evidence of them now – with... [Read more]

Introducing The B-Town Blog’s new Dog Blogger – ‘Marley A. Mutt’

Introducing The B-Town Blog’s new Dog Blogger – ‘Marley A. Mutt’

By Marley A. Mutt Hi, my name is Marley. I’m a 10-year-old mixed breed rescue dog. My dad found me in a local shelter and brought me home when I was very young. I don’t like to talk about my life... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: 7th grade girl’s story about tragic Las Vegas shooting

CLIFF’S EDGE: 7th grade girl’s story about tragic Las Vegas shooting

A couple of weeks ago, following the Las Vegas shootings that resulted in the deaths of 58 people, I wrote in this space of an account of the event by a local 7th-grade girl who had been in Las Vegas... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: My brief, heavy handed reminder: Get a flu shot

CLIFF’S EDGE: My brief, heavy handed reminder: Get a flu shot

It’s that time of year again when I either take on a formidable head cold—or I don’t. Last weekend I did, and it was a memorable one, short in duration, but long in symptoms. It served as an exhausting... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

Along with retirement has come the opportunity for me to work with my wife on genealogy research of our respective families. We’ve been pursuing it off and on for several years, but it seems particularly... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

Considering the millions of words published and voiced since the shootings last Sunday in Las Vegas, one might think we know precisely why and how they happened. But we don’t. We do know that in our... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Get angry, but for a worthwhile purpose…

CLIFF’S EDGE: Get angry, but for a worthwhile purpose…

I love this country. To some degree I respect everyone with whom I share it. So why do I make a point of saying this now? Because I’m trying to reassure myself that I still know what love of country... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Plenty in school documentary to ponder; watch it here

CLIFF’S EDGE: Plenty in school documentary to ponder; watch it here

Highline Public Schools unveiled the documentary, “Eleven Paths,” this week to an audience reflecting diverse interests in the district and the education it provides. Students, their families and... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: ‘High Water and Low Smoke’

CLIFF’S EDGE: ‘High Water and Low Smoke’

As our nation’s summer winds down, it leaves behind at least two dominant impressions: High Water and Low Smoke. We certainly got our share of the latter in the Pacific Northwest, and there’s always... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: When people call me ‘inspirational,’ I sometimes take offense

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: When people call me ‘inspirational,’ I sometimes take offense

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School. In 2016, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. by Cass Huff Hey B-Town Readers! Today... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Gone fishin’

CLIFF’S EDGE: Gone fishin’

It’s foolish to try describing something that hasn’t occurred yet with any pretense of accuracy. I’m going to go for it, though, because I want to tell you what I’m doing today before I do it. Anyway,... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: In defense of journalism.

CLIFF’S EDGE: In defense of journalism.

I believe my flaws are few (despite what others may claim), but one I can’t deny is that I’m not a particularly tough disciplinarian. I’m usually willing to grant anyone that second chance. That’s... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Putting history in a contemplative place

CLIFF’S EDGE: Putting history in a contemplative place

I spent much of last spring and early summer reading Shelby Foote’s three-volume history on the Civil War, and now I’m glad that I did. I have visited the history of many places and times, but the... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Passing ships bear promise along with cargo

CLIFF’S EDGE: Passing ships bear promise along with cargo

If you were anywhere along our communities’ western fringe this week you had the opportunity to see ships in the sound coming in from or leaving for Yantian China, Yokohama, Japan, Busan, Korea and... [Read more]