Christopher Sandford

Was JFK any ‘good’ as a president?

21 November 2023 10:52 am

How should we assess the value of a US president? In the case of John F. Kennedy, who died sixty…

The Queen’s sole mistake

20 October 2023 3:08 am

It’s often been said that the late Queen Elizabeth II rarely if ever put a foot wrong during her 70-year…

Danny Bonaduce’s guide to survival

27 August 2023 8:06 pm

It’s just after nine on a gray Pacific Northwest morning, and Danny Bonaduce, the once winsome redheaded child star of…

John F. Kennedy’s trip worth remembering

19 June 2023 12:33 pm

Sloppy Joe Biden may face strong political headwinds with just seven months to go before the first presidential primary, but at least he’s…

The waste disposal racket

12 June 2023 9:10 am

The conceit that today’s US householder has never been better served, nor had more choices, has been put about for…

Watching baseball as Seattle crumbles

4 April 2023 2:00 pm

It’s a better thing to travel hopefully than to arrive, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote back in 1881. I find myself…

How Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle invented the modern celebrity feud

13 December 2022 2:13 pm

1922 saw its fair share of shocks in the literary world, among them the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Sinclair…

Patty Murray makes an anguished face

4 November 2022 1:07 pm

Seattle Some strange things have been happening here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had a freakishly warm and dry October,…

How the British helped JFK navigate the Cuban Missile Crisis

20 October 2022 2:48 am

The Atlantic alliance hasn’t always been quite as special as politicians on both sides of the sea like to pretend.…

Stop enabling the crisis junkies

15 March 2022 2:57 am

Did you make good use of the neatly palindromic 2/22/22? To refresh your memory, it was a day that turned…

Nick Kristof and a tale of two Oregons

26 October 2021 3:01 pm

It’s a strange thing about the long-serving New York Times opinion writer Nick Kristof, who apparently now wants to be governor of Oregon. The…

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Elvis and Nixon, the odd couple

22 December 2020 3:32 am

If you were called upon to invent the human antithesis of rock and roll, you couldn’t do better than our nation’s 37th president,…

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Washington State is a worrisome window into the future

14 November 2020 8:48 am

Seattle I have seen the future, and it looks much like Washington State. But let’s get there by steps. The…


Richard Nixon took the high road in 1960. Donald Trump should now

7 November 2020 6:58 am

‘You gotta swallow this one, they stole it fair and square.’ That’s a Republican hack speaking to Richard Nixon, as…

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Bad Kshama: meet Seattle’s worst socialist

12 October 2020 3:16 am

Seattle In Max Frisch’s 1953 absurdist play The Fire Raisers, a well-off family in an unnamed town invites a man…


Delivering the goods?

2 September 2020 5:56 am

Seattle My local post office in suburban Seattle seems to be rigged to obstruct customers these days. After standing motionless…

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Does Seattle deserve better than Carmen Best?

13 August 2020 11:00 am

Seattle So the revolution devours its children. On Tuesday, Seattle’s police chief Carmen Best announced her retirement just hours after…

Tear gas Ted: the mayor manning Portland’s barricades

1 August 2020 9:00 am

The mayor manning Portland’s barricades

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Tear gas Ted: the mayor manning Portland’s barricades

30 July 2020 1:51 pm

The federal courthouse in downtown Portland has become ground-zero for the nightly orgy of assaults, looting, arson, and public nudity…


Hell in Portland

21 July 2020 10:15 am

Portland has had one of the most turbulent histories of any town in America. At the time of the Great…

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What’s it like in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone?

12 June 2020 9:10 am

Seattle Ah, Seattle, that environmentally obsessed city where all is decorous, the sidewalks immaculately swept, the parks rigorously trimmed, proverbial…