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The battle for the Soul of Seattle

The downtown Seattle skyline. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

You may hear him say it more than once. The brand-new AM 770 KTTH morning host Saul Spady is pushing to find the “rational opposition.”

The core concept of the rational opposition is to create positive change in our community, and in the world, by building bridges instead of burning them. The idea of working together, having open dialogues, and finding solutions, is something that has been lost in the city of Seattle and the state of Washington.

On Monday’s inaugural episode of The Saul Spady Show, Spady made clear where he stands on partisan politics.

“I’m totally fine with listeners, with callers, with politicians, being against the ideas that we talk about on the show, but no longer are we going to present this black and white ‘I’m good, you’re bad’ debate. Instead, we are going to draw our opposition into this fair battlefield and hopefully come to some solid solutions.”

Spady is done with what he calls the “sportsification” of politics; where one political view faces off against the other. Instead, he is more interested in having the conversations that will lead to real resolutions.

“The reason this is so important is because we are reaching a point where we are losing control of our city, of our county, and of our state and it’s because of the insistence of two different sides to not have a rational conversation,” Spady said. “And this is even more serious in the city of Seattle, where we’ve tripled spending on homelessness, where the budget has increased 60 percent over the last five years, where we haven’t created a rainy-day fund, where it is more important to have politicians that virtue signal than solve problems.”

These conversations are particularly crucial in Seattle with the looming 2019 election, where seven out of the nine council members will be replaced, a council that is supposedly non-partisan.

“We are engaged in a battle for the soul of the Emerald City … the region can no longer turn a blind eye to the economic engine putting forth such poor policy decisions.”

So, what will it be, Seattle? Are you ready to engage in rational conversations? Are you ready to allow rational minds from opposing sides or diverse background to act together to create positive change?

Listen to the all-new Saul Spady Show, weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. on AM 770 KTTH.

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