Get ready – I am going to mix religion and politics in this column.
Choice is a dubious notion to begin with. Most Americans feel their choices are becoming slimmer.
Donald Trump is the best choice for president.
So often in this unusual presidential debate we have come across apologetic endorsements. People who support Trump or Hillary but only to avoid endorsing the other candidate or because "their" candidate did not win their party nomination.
"Obama's Middle Eastern foreign policy is a failure." So says the Republican Party during this overheated election year. The problem with this statement is that it is patently false. It is political rhetoric meant to discredit the Democrats and help the Republicans retain control of Congress and gain the presidency.
Well hasn't this election cycle been a sloppy bucket of fun.
One year ago, I did the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I moved to a new city without a plan.
I can tell something bothers me when I wake up thinking about it. That happened after the first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season. Except this eye-opening utterance came from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in the early minutes of his televised debate with Bill Bryant, his Republican opponent.
One of the criticisms of government is that nothing much gets accomplished. I served on the Enumclaw City Council for a four-year term. Now, nearly five years later, I reflect on what was accomplished both during my term and what has been accomplished in the five years since. I discovered there are lessons to be learned from looking back.
You're looking at a brand new Courier-Herald.
Let me preface this column by saying, I know there will be people who disagree with me. That doesn't make you wrong and that doesn't make me wrong. It just means our opinion and points of view differ.
"Trust and verify."
Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. I was a young reporter in Upstate New York that day and it's still almost as vivid today as it was a decade and a half ago. A version of this column ran in The Courier-Herald in 2011 and it has been edited for inclusion this week.
When I taught history to American students in a U.S high school, I would often get laments like: "I am never going to need this material, why do I have to learn it?" and, "Is this going to be on the test?"
Why did the founders of the Constitution create the Electoral College? Why did they create a body of elites (electors) who actually decide who the president of the United States will be? Why have we not passed a Constitutional Amendment to rid ourselves of such an archaic institution?
"As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others" (2016 Libertarian Party platform).
Have you ever lived in another culture? I did when I decided to spend my senior year of college in England. I spent my summer of that year working with 49 other students from the U.S. and Western Europe on an archaeological dig on the southern and western end of the Temple Mount (Harim al-Sharif) in Jerusalem.
The Washington Education Association has filed suit against the state's charter schools again, claiming that the financing system set up by the Legislature still is unconstitutional.
When it comes to selecting a college to attend following high school, many expect they will go to a four-year university. At least, while I was in high school, that's what a lot of my peers believed.