John Carlson

Correcting big lies about America

There are few countries so eager to acknowledge their faults as this one.

John Carlson | The real meaning of the Tea Parties

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state Capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators… Continue reading

John Carlson | Why you should vote YES on I-1033

Strange, how recent history sometimes repeats itself.In 1992, Democrats swept to power in both Olympia and Washington, D.C.A popular young liberal president with commanding majorities… Continue reading

Transportation: What went wrong when

It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections. Most people aren’t happy. But instead of trying to find scapegoats, let’s review some history to see why we’re paying higher transportation taxes for longer commutes.

Pres. Obama’s terror policies make us less safe | John Carlson

When Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote in 32 years, much of the world rejoiced. All that bellicose rhetoric from George W. Bush about fighting “evil” was replaced by the lofty eloquence of the new president with a new tone who promised to extend America’s hand to its enemies “if you will unclench your fist.” Nine months into his presidency, he even received the Nobel Peace Prize.

The cooling of global warming


John Carlson | Bigots or civil libertarians?

Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but the Christmas season already surrounds us. We see it in the holiday displays in stores. We… Continue reading

Stories behind the Christmas classics

Santa. Christmas Trees. Wreaths. Presents. Egg nog. A crackling fireplace.

John Carlson | Who says guns are dangerous?

When do you know that a crime is serious?When it is seriously punished. A convict doing life without parole obviously did something more serious than… Continue reading

John Carlson | The greatest man you never heard of

Sometimes you can step into controversy while trying to avoid it. This happened a couple weeks ago when the Bellevue School District opted not to… Continue reading

John Carlson | Race and hypersensitivity

It's being called a “teaching moment”.But the lesson being learned is not what people thought it would be when it was first reported that Harvard’s… Continue reading

John Carlson | A health reform plan that actually works

One of the great things about call-in radio is that you get to hear ordinary people connect reality to public policy.Take health care. Last week… Continue reading

John Carlson | Who to vote for in August elections

Baseball season traditionally opens in early April. Football season starts in mid-September. And Washington’s political season traditionally begins on Labor Day weekend, about two weeks… Continue reading

John Carlson | The difference between 2008 and 2009

Within days of last November’s election, stories throughout the media began comparing Barack Obama to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The FDR era transformed people’s relationship to… Continue reading

Who will win in November

Election day, is still a couple months away but I’m ready to make some predictions on how our state will vote. I think Washington will cast its votes for Democrat Barack Obama for president and Republican Dino Rossi for governor. Here’s why.

Life lessons from Tim Russert

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack? Tim Russert was one of America’s most trusted television journalists before being struck down by a heart attack last week at 58.

John Carlson | What sports can teach us about politics

Last year was the single worst season in Seattle sports history. The University of Washington Huskies, a dynasty under Don James in the early 1990s,… Continue reading

Lessons Ds can learn from Rs

With the Legislature now meeting in Olympia, and Barack Obama preparing his inaugural address, now might be a good time to recall two epic misadventures… Continue reading

John Carlson | The Real meaning of the Tea Parties

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state Capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators… Continue reading

No new bridge? No tolls

When the 520 floating bridge opened in 1963, travelers had to stop at a toll booth on the east side of the bridge and fork over 35 cents (close to $3 today). So much money came in that the toll was lowered to a quarter, and the tolls ended in 1979 after the bridge was paid for.