Despite new state revenue, Democrats in Washington's legislature still want to raise taxes.
The Enumclaw School District board of directors would like to say “thank you” to our community for passing the recent bond measure to replace Black Diamond Elementary and restore Enumclaw High School.
I bet not many people would admit that the smell of raw meat and cold wet cement gives them a warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling. Oddly enough, I’m one of those people.
The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe is upon us. This war was a shock to several nations. It signaled the end of world domination of one group of nations as major world powers – Germany, France and the United Kingdom – and saw the rise of two nations that would spend the next 45 years competing for domination during the Cold War.
Food, food, yummy food so good and bad. I have discovered from a most reliable source the fall in the Garden of Eden was about losing out on what we get to eat. Specifically, after 50 there is no more stuffing ourselves with cold pizza and praline ice cream at midnight – or for breakfast.
This week's editorial cartoon comments on the futility of some protests relating to drilling in the Arctic.
Ask any salesperson what they need to sell a product and they’ll say two things. First, there must be a need for the product being sold. Second, there has to be rapport between the company and the consumer. The news industry is no different than a business in this sense. Information is a valuable commodity that will never depreciate, so the need for TV news stations and newspapers remains strong.
There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.
When I was in the fourth grade, my classroom was selected to be one of the first classes in the district to use a smart television. In 1999, this smart television prototype was a monster – it took up a whole corner of the room, and a ring of three or four of the tallest students could maybe encircle it by linking hands. Of course, the best days we had in class were when we could go up to the television and use one of it’s magnetic pens to solve a problem or write an example for the whole class to see.
“Iran spends $35 billion a year to prop up the Assad regime, according to one estimate.” This report comes from an Iranian official who was interviewed by Nicholas Blanford, a Christian Science Monitor correspondent in an April 27 article entitled, “Why Iran Is Standing by its Weakened, Expensive Ally, Syria.”
A few weeks ago, my Facebook newsfeed was inundated with friends honoring their brothers and sisters for National Sibling Day. Instead of posting an embarrassing photo of my little brother wearing nothing but toddler-sized cowboy boots and a grin, I decided he deserved something more. Like 900 words or so.
After Japan’s surrender in August 1945, the U.S. military occupied that nation for seven years. During that time two American privates wrote a constitution for the Japanese, which they accepted and have followed since.
The next few weeks will bring the opening innings of a bucket full of local political races. Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner have four city council seats up for grabs. Wilkeson has two. Black Diamond has nearly the whole clubhouse on the ballot due to a mix of expiring terms and resignations. The filing period is May 11-15.
Lake Tapps will most likely not be open for Memorial Day, May 25.
Since taking office, I have maintained that the Legislature should be able to pass a budget within the 105-day session. Because our economy is growing, state revenue is expected to increase by $3 billion in the upcoming biennium. This would enable the state to account for inflation and population growth, and still make substantial investments in early learning, K-12 and higher education.
The cold hard fact is that the Senate and House of Representatives have yet to reach agreement on a new operating budget. The sticking point is not so much on the spending side but on the revenue side. We must reach agreement before new education dollars can be allocated.
The approval rating for Congress is staying at 11 percent, but there’s hope the logjam is beginning to break. This revelation is according to a Bipartisan Policy Center report recently published by Francine Kiefer entitled, “Congress May Be Getting ‘Healthier,’ A New Study Finds,” in the April 20 edition of the Christian Science Monitor.
For this year's special session, your legislators bring you more of the same.
Finding the solution to fixing city streets is a bumpy journey for members of the Enumclaw City Council. The problem is bringing the streets up to standard costs $3.8 million, according to the city administration report at the Transportation Benefit District meeting April 13. That’s a lot of money. It will have to come from some form of tax increase.
For many years, as far as I was concerned, the world revolved around my grandparents’ farmhouse kitchen. Even though it had been 10 years since they’ve moved, I recently wondered how the earth didn’t completely fall of its axle, implode and un-Big Bang without the hubbub of that kitchen.