Last week the thesis for my column was: taxes are not always bad. This week I’m going to tackle an issue the city of Enumclaw has been dealing with for at least seven years – raising taxes to fix our streets. Let me give you some background.
The definition of a plutocrat is “a person who derives power from wealth.” Warren Buffet fits in that category.
What if, in June, the five conservative Supreme Court justices strike down the Noel Channing National Labor Relations Board case against the Obama administration’s recess appointments? They might do so on the grounds that the original law that created the National Labor Relations Board in 1935 is unconstitutional. Let me give you some historic background and then explain the political and constitutional implications.
Parents, would you like to know if your high school-age child will graduate from college? Would you like to know what you should instill into your children (or teachers, into your students) that will be the most effective means of ensuring lifelong success?
Another major confrontation between conservatives and the president is currently being argued before the Supreme Court. Since 2009, when Barack Obama took office, there has been a battle over confirmations between Senate Republicans and the president.
Do you realize NAFTA has been in existence for 20 years? Don’t know what NAFTA is and why it’s important? NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Agreement.
I’ll never be a Nelson Mandela, nor would I want to be. The price he paid to free South Africa from apartheid was far higher than I am willing to pay.
The road to the Super Bowl runs through CenturyLink Field after the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West
A German national, his Afrikaner wife and her grandmother, all living in Johannesburg, virtually exploded when I asked them at a bed and breakfast meal what they thought would happen to South Africa now that Mandela was gone.
All of us struggle between the desire for stability and the desire for change. Some favor stability and order above all else. Others are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to improve conditions for themselves and/or others.
A great man has just passed from the scene. Nelson Mandela was buried last week. Leaders from all over the world arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, in tribute to his greatness.
After the Edward Snowden revelations, an embarrassed President Obama, who campaigned for government transparency, is reshaping his surveillance policies – secretly. Isn’t this hypocritical? The answer, surprisingly, is no.
What is intelligence? Since the late 19th and early 20th centuries social scientists have been studying this question.
Elections are always a learning opportunity about human nature. This most recent election was no exception. There was much to learn about how people think and respond.
Welcome to Council World, newly elected City Council members! four new people will be taking their places on the council dais in City Hall come January 2014.
We learned last week where Washington’s first charter schools may open in 2014 and who may operate them.
Did you know that President Obama is a conservative and the Republicans are activists, wanting to change the government? You’re probably not aware of this but it’s true.
What did you think about the answers to three questions in last week’s Courier-Herald from the City Council candidates? Dennis Box, the managing editor, and I felt it was important to show our readers whether the candidates possessed the skill of critical thinking by answering difficult political questions. They were asked to comment about the direction the city of Enumclaw should take in regard to fixing our streets and utilizing the Expo Center. The candidates had to work hard to formulate solutions. City officials and school district staff were contacted for answers.
Have you seen all the signs for candidates and issues around town? Many deal with contestants running for the Enumclaw City Council. Four seats are open and changes are going to happen no matter who wins. I have hopes that the changes will bring a paradigm shift for the council.
Serving on the City Council is an important job that deserves our best people. In order for you to decide which candidates can best serve the city, I’ve asked four questions of each candidate.