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.
Why is it that professional soccer in socialistic Europe is capitalistic, while in the U.S. all major league sports are monopolistic and socialistic?
We have all heard Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.
I'm 26 years old. I like to think that my parents prepared me to the best of their ability to send me off into the real world when I turned 18. As I've gotten older, I've used a lot of lessons that my parents have taught me, along with lessons I have learned on my own. These are things I'm glad I learned at a young age, or they're things I wish I had known. I'm still learning a lot, and I'd like to share some of these lessons to hopefully help others. This month, I'm tackling how to protect yourself from a burglary.
You have probably seen signs in places of business that say, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
A just released University of Washington study found that Seattle minimum wage workers have had their hours cut since their pay went to $11 an hour. They also found that 2 to 3 percent of low wage workers sought jobs outside of the city as a reaction.
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin resonates more than 240 years after it was uttered. The irony of Old Ben's observation is that many people in our era act and speak with such certitude, especially in regard to religion and politics.
Today, I filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers. This is not a step I want to take. But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to find a new apartment. Apartment hunting and moving are my least favorite things. It can get really stressful and I get grumpy. Surprisingly enough, I'm no fun to be around when I'm a big grumpy pants.
Americans are generally ignorant of how our geography has shaped our thinking and our nation. In our history, we have only had one major invasion – the War of 1812. We have weak neighbors to our north and south and vast oceans that buffer us from foreigners to our east and west.
A little more than a week ago we saw British citizens vote to leave the European Union, citing distrust of ruling elites in Brussels and a desire to retake lost national power.