October 2020

OP-ED: Herbold’s latest move is reflective of an alarming trend

By Brendan Kolding       

Last week, Councilmember Lisa Herbold introduced a proposal that would effectively de-criminalize most misdemeanor crimes committed by people who claim to be indigent or to have a behavioral health disorder.  Scott Lindsay offers a thorough analysis of this proposal in


Sister Nancy O’Reilly, OP 07/11/1929 to 05/07/2020

Sister Nancy O’Reilly, OP (Mary Clement), a Tacoma Dominican Sister, died peacefully in Tacoma. WA on May 7, 2020. She was a native of County Galway, Ireland. Following her profession of vows, Sister Nancy served as teacher, pastoral associate and health care worker in several dioceses including Seattle, WA; San Bernardino and San Diego, CA; and St. Augustine, Florida. Because of COVID19 restrictions, there was a private burial with the Tacoma Dominican Community on August 19 and a Memorial Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Burien on October 5, 2020.

Business associations make urgent appeal to city to address crime, drug use and more in city parks

Needles, nudity, human waste and even a crime network are seen in parks across the city; City responds with the formation of a new 8 member team to do outreach

In a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan the heads of 13 Seattle business related organizations have urged the leaders to take immediate action to address rampant drug use, crime, and a situation they see as out of control in city parks across Seattle. They call for the formation of an "nterim interagency team to develop and execute an immediate action plan" to address these issues.