“As all conservatives know, liberals are a bunch of sandal-wearing, tree-hugging, whale-saving, hybrid-driving, trash-recycling, peaceniks, flip-floppers and bed-wetters.” This quotation comes from psychologist, author and publisher Michael Shermer in a comment about an article entitled, “What Makes People vote Republican?” by Jonathan Haidt.
When Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair’s June issue, my first reaction was, “Wow, she’s beautiful.” There were, of course, people that disagreed. But, to be perfectly honest, I have no idea how many people actually thought her decision to transition from male to female was “disgusting,” “repulsive,” or “(insert any derogatory adjective).”
How did the Founding Fathers want us to celebrate American Independence?
Karl Marx’s theory of socialism died in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. It died in all but name in China after the Tiananmen Square massacre in the summer of 1989.
Driving past the first fields of perfectly-formed, rectangular hay bales evoked many memories for this farm kid. If you’ve never done it before, putting in hay is a grueling, hot, sticky, sweaty mess.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) preserves vital subsidies for more than 6 million individuals, ensuring them access to coverage they can afford. A decision against federally-run exchanges would’ve thrown our health insurance system into chaos and jeopardized vital coverage for millions.
The dangers of fireworks are real. Be careful this 4th of July!
The more than 60,000 high school seniors who graduate here in Washington state this month are to be commended for 12 years of successfully completing dozens of courses. Thousands other high school seniors will not graduate with their classmates, however, even though they successfully completed the same courses as the students who are graduating. These thousands of seniors will not be allowed to graduate solely because they failed one or more state-required, high-stakes tests.
Sen. Pam Roach, a veteran of trade missions to Pacific Rim nations, has been named to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy.
The 3rd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Project during June dairy month provides cash/food donations to Food Lifeline food banks when demand for food increases as school breaks for the summer.
It's a hole in one for the US Open and Washington state. For others, the tournament is a sub-par experience.
Confucius said, “Don’t do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you.” That’s a little twist to the old familiar saying, but I am trying to make a point that should become clear as you read along.
Just in time for summer vacations, drivers traveling on Interstate 5 between Lacey and Tacoma have a new source of traveler information on the road and on the web. Earlier today, the Washington State Department of Transportation activated five new roadway signs that display travel times on I-5 between State Route 510 in Thurston County and Tukwila in King County.
Tight-knit communities can sure take their toll on boundary-seeking teenagers. I rarely broke rules as a teenager but, when I did, my parents or someone who knew them were usually nearby to witness and/or report my wrongdoings. Or potential wrongdoings.
Vision, creativity, hard work, strong focus, risk-taking, long-term thinking, self-reflection, giving the customer what he/she wants – these are the qualities that have made Jeff Bezos a household name along with the multi-billion dollar company he created: Amazon.com.
This weeks editorial cartoon is brought to you by Frank Shiers Jr.
Why are law enforcement officers currently under the gun of criticism while firefighters are viewed as heroes? Both police and firefighters’ jobs are to protect and save lives and property. Both risk their lives as part of their jobs. What’s the difference in the public’s perception between the two?
This week's editorial cartoon comments on how long the state legislature will be discussing the state budget.
In Sumner, four candidates are running unopposed for the City Council. In Bonney Lake, there are four council positions with no opposition. The Enumclaw School Board has three unopposed seats. Fire District 28 has only one position and it, too, is unopposed. In Black Diamond, two of the four council positions have two candidates competing; my guess is that the issue of the housing developments is still partly the cause.
The way Washington pays for public schools is illegal. But there’s no simple fix, and school leaders worry that state lawmakers are considering potential remedies that might not be better and, in some cases, could be worse. Democratic and Republican lawmakers must meet a deadline to figure it out or face the wrath of the state Supreme Court.