KIRO Newsradio Commentaries

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Jack Stine: Random acts of kindness keep our society functioning

“I gave a stranger on the internet money for bras” is a phrase which will usually illicit a series of uncomfortable questions. ‘Was it an onlyfans girl?’ ‘Was it for naked pictures?’ ‘why are you paying people for naked pictures?’ would all be acceptable first reactions to that statement. But Jack gave a stranger on the internet money for nothing in return.

 

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Apr 15, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield on grief and the loss of his son

"It has been eight years and two days since our son Tommy died," Travis Mayfield said on Friday, April 12, 2024. He was 2 1/2 years old when he passed away. 

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Apr 12, 2024 8:40 AM
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Greg Tomlin: Maybe aging rock stars keep performing for reasons outside of money

Life on the road seems par for the course rather than anomalous for these aging rock stars who continue to tour late in their lives. 

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Apr 11, 2024 10:50 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: You never know where your next big life lesson will come from.
At SeaTac airport, while getting on the train that takes you to various gates, I saw something I’ve seen dozens of times before. But never thought much of it. The train doors were about to close and I spotted a guy running as fast he could towards the vehicle in hopes he could squeeze inside before the doors shut. Unfortunately he just missed it. I swear his face smacked into the vehicle.
 
It was awkward
 
And some people chuckled.
 
All I could think at that moment was how I had never done anything like that. I’ve never run towards a train or after a bus that was about to leave.
 
My mindset has typically been to wait for the next one.
 
The question was why?
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Apr 10, 2024 9:5 AM
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Greg Tomlin: A Perfect Spring Break Staycation

Spring Break is a time for trips for many, but that isn't always case for some families. This year, Greg Tomlin and his family decided that instead of dealing with the hustle and bustle of traveling, it was time for a staycation, and that can be just as good, if not better. 

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Apr 8, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: LGBTQ People Show True Heart In Face of Hateful New Laws

48-thousand paper hearts of every color fluttered through the air inside the Idaho State Capitol rotunda this week. Travis Mayfield tells us why this was a a response to hate 

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Apr 5, 2024 9:5 AM
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Spike O'Neil: Holding out for a warmer Summer

Spike O'Neil reminds us to hang in there, the sunny skies are almost here to stay! 

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Apr 4, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: Why Florida's social media law is a step in the right direction

Florida's governor and the legislature have been on a roll lately with several controversial legislative actions. However, one of them is worth replicating.

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Apr 2, 2024 5:54 PM
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Paul Holden: Seeking out solitude

Sometimes, it's okay to just do something by yourself. Science even backs it up! 

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Apr 2, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: A 21st century solution to work stress

Less stress through science. 

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Apr 1, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: Despite What You’ve Heard, New City Council Isn’t Failing…Yet

There's a lot of chatter about the new Seattle City Council, shouldn't part of the conversation be allowing for time so they can do their job? 

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Mar 29, 2024 9:5 AM
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Paul Holden: Anything is possible on Opening Day

There's no day like Opening Day, and in today's commentary brought to you by WA FED Bank, KIRO News Radio's Paul Holden explains why.  

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Mar 28, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: What is often misunderstood about sex trafficking

It was confirmed yesterday music mogul Sean P Diddy Combs is indeed the target of a federal investigation by Homeland Security.

The accusations center around sex trafficking. In today’s commentary, Angela Poe Russell explores what most of us often misunderstand about the crime.

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Mar 27, 2024 9:5 AM
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Jack Stine: Small Goals, Big Results

Sometimes to get where we want to go in life and do the things we want to do, we need to set smaller, more acheviable goals. 

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Mar 26, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: Bashing Electric Vehicles

It sure seems like electric vehicles are becoming a political issue, but should we be having an even bigger conversation about cars in general? 

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Mar 25, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: Cantwell Must Not Obstruct Full Senate From Debating TikTok’s Future

MAGA Republican Jim Jordan and San Francisco Liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi agree on almost nothing these days. Yet last week…something changed

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Mar 22, 2024 9:5 AM
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Jack Stine: Identifying Bias

Recently, I have been on the receiving end of quite a few comments that follow a similar structure “you are biased.” It got me thinking about how we have been conditioned to believe that having a bias or a set of biases is somehow wrong or incorrect.

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Mar 21, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: The bold policy every school should adopt now

It’s a theme in movies that’s so cliche.

Teenagers in cliques. The jocks, the drama kids, the band, The nerds and then the hot guy or girl.

Last I checked most kids actually don’t fit into a single box

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Mar 20, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: Including LGBTQ+ people in curriculum benefits all students

"When you are the only person who identifies as LGBTQ+ in your school, seeing others who identify as you do in the lessons you learn can help you feel less alone," Travis Mayfield says.

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Mar 16, 2024 10:19 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: There's something different about Ciara

Angela Poe Russell: There's something different about Ciara 

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Mar 12, 2024 4:23 PM
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Matt Markovich: Legislature

Markovich: Legislature

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Mar 12, 2024 8:1 AM
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Blame Game

Blame Game

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Mar 11, 2024 10:11 AM
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Travis Mayfield: Democracy on fire

Mayfield commentary 

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Mar 8, 2024 9:21 AM
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Jack Stine: We all deserve to fly first class

For the first time in my life, I flew First Class. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bragging about having ‘John Curley’ levels of income. I bought the ticket 4 weeks in advance a few days after the Boeing ‘huge gaping hole in the plane at 10,000 feet’ incident, when no one was flying. Because of this, the price was roughly $200.00. To be totally honest, it was amazing – my flight was delayed by an hour, when I went to the gate to check on the status of the flight, the gate attended offered me a dinner voucher in the airport to ease my dismay and distress.

On the flight, I noticed that the tray table was located in the armrest of the seat and could be deployed by pulling a simple lever. I was offered a beverage in a glass. When I was offered the selection for my in-flight meal, the flight attended said ‘Would you like the protein or the fruit and cheese plate?” I asked which one he liked, and he replied, “I will bring you both,’ which he promptly did and both were amazing. However, in the middle of the intoxicating experience of being treated like royalty – I was hit with a sudden wave of discontent. I can only equate it to the sensation Neo must have had when he was expelled from his goo-pod in the Matrix. A wave of terror and dread hit me at 10,000 feet, and the sound this wave made was, ‘everyone on this plane deserves this…’

Regardless of where you are on the plane. We all deserve more room to stretch out, we all deserve beverages served in a glass, we all deserve both the protein and fruit plate. Why? Because we pay for that service. Flying is an expensive experience no matter where you are in the plane – and being treated like a human being as opposed to Salmon being airdropped into a lake is a privilege, we should all be entitled to, regardless of the cost to the airline.

Sure, maybe some people would say ‘they need to make a profit and they do so by making the seats overpriced and expensive and having plastic cups and mini cokes, and carb sticks instead of fruit.

But wouldn’t more people fly more, and more often, if it was at least a pleasant experience, instead of an exercise in self-administered torture? I think so.

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Mar 7, 2024 12:26 PM
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Angela Poe Russell: DEI’s secret weapon or DEI’s unlikely ally

DEI is definitely pushing some buttons these days and seems to be losing steam in the job market. According to employment website Indeed, DEI-related job postings in 2023 declined by 44% from the same time a year ago.

It could just be a temporary bump in the road as its future might have an unexpected ally -- Generation Z.

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Mar 6, 2024 6:41 AM
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