Richard Elfers

The crucial element to good governments

Leaders need to have genuine concern for the welfare of the people.

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

The growth isn’t unlimited — but we need to be smart about what does come to our city.

Our country, post-Mueller report

An impeachment trial would have been disastrous.

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Maybe you can’t affect the world. But you can affect the people around you.

Political parties often bring trouble

There’s a reason why our first president warned us against them.

Kennedy, Johnson, and America’s “best and brightest”

Not all wars can be won with firepower.

Lies During the Cuban Missile Crisis

Russia was nowhere near where the U.S. was in regard to nuclear capability.

Can peace be reached in Afghanistan? Only time will tell

It seems everyone wants a stable Afghanistan, even the bad actors.

Examining your child’s personality types

Are they pleasers, independents, or a Red Queen?

The struggle of equality versus freedom intensifies

The GOP used to value equality more than personal freedom — now it’s the Democrats.

Like the 1950s, we will survive this era

Back then, we didn’t worry about a lot — unless you count the Soviets.

For the good of us all, leaders need to act like adults

Pride may very well be the downfall of us all.

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

The Republican party was destroyed in King County during the midterms.

Recognizing propaganda techniques makes them less effective

The Bandwagon, card stacking, “plain folks” image, and name calling are all effective propaganda techniques.

Consider what you’re putting in your body

We’ve been sold three big lies by sugar and opioid companies.

Border security means enforcing 1986 Reform and Control Act, not building a wall

Democrats understand that building the border wall is too expensive, too inefficient, and will require owners of their property to give up their private land for public use.

Hoping for middle ground on immigration issue

The wall is too expensive, but border security is an issue to be addressed.

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

We haven’t always lived up to our country’s founding concepts.

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

More than ever, the wealth gap separates our country.

What would you give up for world peace?

I asked my students if they’d give up their phones for world peace. Only a few said they would.