KIRO Newsradio Commentaries

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Ross: Living defensively has its limits when facing 'forever chemicals'

I heard Angela’s commentary yesterday about pedestrians and how they tend to think of a crosswalk as having a protective force field because the law says it’s the driver’s responsibility to stop.

Her point? The law may well be on your side, but the law won’t hit the brakes if the driver doesn’t see you. There’s a bigger lesson here though. On the football field of life, the key to staying alive is a good defense.

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May 23, 2024 6:28 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: An Important PSA for Pedestrians

You ever heard that saying, you can be dead right?

That definitely applies to today’s commentary which Angela Poe Russell has deemed a timely public service announcement.

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May 22, 2024 9:5 AM
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Matt Markovich: Who do you trust telling the truth?

There's some startling revelations coming from a new poll about artificial intelligence and the presidential election.

 

It basically says - don't trust anyone.

 

So who do you trust telling the truth?

 

 Matt Markovich wondered want the 'most trusted man in America" would think.

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May 21, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: Don't look to the government to protect kids from social media

Planning on the government saving your kids from social media? You might want to have a plan B.

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May 20, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: We’re All a Little Sus, But We Also Can Do Better

This week our son called me sus. Its short for suspect and gen alpha slang for shady.

He’s not wrong. I still call things cool or awesome without irony. I often wear ankle socks (which the internet says makes me old). I’ve never downloaded Tik Tok and I still don’t understand what Skibidi Toilet even is.

But here’s the thing…I’m also not upset about it.

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May 17, 2024 9:5 AM
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Ted Buehner: Confidence is key when it comes to emergency preparedness

The time is now for Washington to learn from last summer's tragic Lahaina fires, KIRO Radio Meteorologist Ted Buehner explains why. 

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May 16, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: What we can all learn from Harrison Butker’s shocking speech

That’s why the commencement speech by Kansas City Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker caught me off guard. His theme: Stay in your lane. But he spent the first 15 minutes veering outside of it, criticizing many things and people -- the president, birth control, the COVID-19 response, priests, bishops, Catholics, Pride Month, shacking up, the emasculation of men, IVF, I could go on.

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May 15, 2024 6:26 AM
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Matt Markovich: What do President Joe Biden and Sammy Sosa have in common?

President Biden's weekend visit inconvenienced a lot of people -  and for what.

In today's commentary, KIRO's Matt Markovich says his visit is no different from what baseball's Sammy Sosa is doing.

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May 14, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: Regulate the modern day "Slam Book"

We as broadcasters are held responsible for what we put out on the airwaves, so why not treat social media companies and the content they produce the same way? 

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May 13, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: State Lawmakers Must Fix Broken School Funding System

This week the school board of Seattle Public Schools voted to move forward with a plan that could lead to the closure of over ¼ of the district’s current elementary schools, and that means changes are coming to parents across the district. 

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May 10, 2024 8:50 AM
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Paul Holden: Washington state has the right idea when it comes to sports betting

Washington state has unique laws when it comes to sports betting, allowing it, but only at casinos. Paul Holden used to scoff at this law, but now, after being able to bet without that restricition, he's changed his mind. 

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May 9, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: Don’t fall for this trap when watching the news

As protests continue on college campuses, so does the constant media coverage.

In today’s commentary, Angela Poe Russell discusses why some of it is lacking.

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May 8, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: The struggle for authenticity

Is the new era of politicians more or less authentic than their counterparts? Dave Ross uses South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as an example

 

 

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May 6, 2024 9:5 AM
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Travis Mayfield: Congress Must Act Aggressively To Protect Us From Scammers

So many of us think we are too smart to be scammed. But what if you get scammed by no fault of your own…and everything you own is at risk?

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May 3, 2024 9:5 AM
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Spike O'Neil: Is it really a operating at a loss if you are bringing good health?

Recently, Walmart announced that they will be closing all 51 healthcare and telehealth facilities across multiple states. This after promises to expand these community enriching programs just a year ago.  They cite not being able to operate these facilities at a profit. Walmart, one of the most profitable corporations on earth, owned by the wealthiest family in America, can’t afford to take a loss to provide affordable health care options for their customers, or their employees

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May 2, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: We built it and they better come

A surprising number of people checked out the grand opening of the new "2" light rail line. And while that brings promise, are the areas around the line ready for the change the line might bring? 

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May 1, 2024 9:5 AM
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Matt Butler: Time for food delivery apps to "Pay Up"

App companies have figured out how to offload the costs of maintenance, insurance, and the ever-variable and rising cost of gas, onto the employee. Which is smart business. But also puts more burden on the workers to maintain the equipment needed to do the job. Big tech develops and maintain the app and provide customer service, but the actual work gets done by those on the ground - the people PayUp was intended to help.

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Apr 30, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: Does the right to protest outweigh the right to learn?

Dave Ross reflects on the protests he experienced during his time at Cornell and the impacts they had on his college experience and how he views the protests happening on today's college campuses. 

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Apr 29, 2024 9:5 AM
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Charlie Harger: White House Press’ ‘Nerd Prom’ is a bad look

It’s the event where journalists, who usually report on the White House, instead wine-and-dine with the president, political leaders, lobbyists and a who’s who of D.C. power. There’s a comedian, the president cracks jokes and it’s all live on CNN — what’s not to love?

Well, everything

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Apr 26, 2024 9:5 AM
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Jack Stine: Choosing kindness over bitterness

Recently, Jack Stine had a major philosophic shift in my personal life that has resulted in me being a happier and joyful person. 

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Apr 25, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: Some free answers for Seattle School’s $100,000 question.

It’s the $100,000 question.

Why is enrollment declining at Seattle Public Schools?

It received a grant of that amount to investigate the matter.

But in today’s commentary brought to you by WAFed bank - Angela Poe Russell offers some answers - free of charge.

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Apr 24, 2024 9:5 AM
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Matt Markovich: Compassion needs accountability

A pastor friend of mine has a personal policy that whenever a street beggar asks him for money, he gives them whatever he has in his pocket.

 

He says sometimes it painful when he pulls out a couple of $20 dollar bills – but he gives it away – asking no questions on how it will be used.                                                                                                                               

 

I’m not that generous – some might even say - I’m not that compassionate.

 

I want to be a good steward of my hard earn money.  So when someone approaches me – I ask them questions – what do you need the money for? If you need a meal, I’ll take you to that McDonald’s over there.   When this has happened – nobody has taken me up on my offer.

 

So when King County dug into its pocket and pulled out $2 million dollars last week to help house dozens of asylum seekers and refugees in Tukwila – I took pause.

 

It’s the latest instalment in the saga of the Riverton United Methodist Church that open its grounds last year to asylum seekers from Venezuela –  at first the church didn’t reject anybody – but word got out – others started camping on their grounds – it got overwhelming.

                                                                               

Supporters begged elected officials for help – to solve a problem of their making.

 

The City of Seattle had already stepped in with 100’s of thousands of dollars for hotel rooms – Now the County is handing out $2 million more.

 

I’m not heartless person – and people truly seeking a better life need help – but I expect elected officials to be good stewards of our hard-earned tax dollars – and ask questions before digging deep into our collective pocket and hand out millions. 

 

Maybe their being compassionate – just like my pastor friend. 

 

But when it comes to our money – elected official’s ‘compassion’ needs to held accountable – how that money is being used – and being used wisely.  Their track record is not that great.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

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Apr 23, 2024 9:5 AM
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Dave Ross: Back to the Eclipse

Dave Ross shares his thoughts on being in the path of totality duirng his recent vacation 

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Apr 22, 2024 9:5 AM
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Spike O'Neil: Provide a Bed, a Bath, and help take people Beyond their struggles

Spike O'Neil loves art, but thinks the plans to convert an old Bed Bath and Beyond to an art space, isn't the right move. 

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Apr 18, 2024 9:5 AM
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Angela Poe Russell: Looking at the death of O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson death reminds the U.S. of its persistent judicial problem. Angela Poe Russell says. 

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Apr 17, 2024 9:7 AM
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