Opinion

The fight for freedom and democracy

“Americans fought a revolution to preserve democracy, while South African blacks fought for freedom,” noted a medical doctor who now works for USAID in southern Africa.

 

Notion of ‘privilege’ does nothing to help those who struggle

White Privilege. Where was it when my single mother trying to feed her four children got the windows of her car shot out as she crossed picket lines to work the night shift grading lumber in a sawmill full of men?

  • Sep 20th, 2017

 

Visit puts free speech into perspective

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my first time to another African country.

 

Those who benefit from white privilege should help end it

I am compelled to respond to George Terhaar’s recent letter to the editor “Character, not skin color, leads to success” (Sept. 6, 2017).

  • Sep 14th, 2017

Governor singing the budget blues

Jay Inslee has been back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour.

No need to feel guilt, but strive to understand differing points of view

In response to “Character, Not Skin Color” (Sept. 6) I, too, am a white male of middle age, and very grateful to have been born in the USA.

  • Sep 12th, 2017

Resisting hate and the rising alt-right

Before we even get into this, I need to say that I loathe the term “alt-right.”

Character, not skin color, leads to success

I find the statement and the people uttering “white privilege” tiresome.

  • Sep 6th, 2017

Western Washington strategy ousted ‘Sheriff Joe’

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready to hitch up his spurs for another campaign.

Black Diamond Mayor will not follow the rules

As a former Planning Commissioner for Black Diamond I believe in following the rules. But unfortunately our current Mayor does not.

  • Sep 5th, 2017

Why would anyone want the top job?

How easy is it for you to make a decision? What if you’re the president of the United States? Do you think, with all the authority invested in that office, deciding what to do would be a snap? Wrong.

This strange work of writing and wondering | Our Corner

It’s an amalgamation of talk, tattling and at times tawdry titters, all under the headline of truth sleuthing.

Still no good reason to have pot in Bonney Lake

I still have not heard a reason why it’s so important to have a recreational marijuana store in Bonney Lake.

  • Aug 31st, 2017

Hate has no home on the Plateau

The events that transpired during the weekend of Aug. 12-13 in Charlottesville, NC should serve as a wake up call and a call to action for us all.

  • Aug 25th, 2017

Confederate statues and what they mean

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your failures — of your divorce, or bankruptcy, or dropping out of high school or college, or the time you got arrested when you were a teen?

Questions increase in taxes for fire service

I read the same information twice in the newspaper so I assumed that just like the internet, it must be true. Twice in print it said East Pierce Fire and Rescue needed $1.3 million more money to hire nine new firefighters.

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

White supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis must be condemned | Guest Column

Our freedom to speak and exchange ideas, especially unpopular ideas, is the most important right we hold as Americans. It is the first right because our founders knew that without it no other rights were possible.

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the best situation comedy available on the hundreds of channels that entertain us with sunbathing fish and bugs in bathing suits.

Keep marijuana out of Bonney Lake

The subject of recreational marijuana sale is once again at the forefront of discussion, and is going to be on the ballot for citizens of Bonney Lake to choose this fall.

  • Aug 16th, 2017

Beware the unintended consequences

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequences. We all have experienced it. The military and our media have named the effect “collateral damage.”

  • Aug 16th, 2017

Personal responsibility is health-care answer

One of the issues with any health care in the U.S. is the fact that many of us want “the best” of care without being willing to personally invest what is required to take care of our own health.

  • Aug 11th, 2017

Voters to grade tax increases

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled water last week.

  • Aug 10th, 2017

Trump presidency an ongoing civics lesson

Trump’s actions and tweets and comments have served to highlight the role of separation of powers and checks and balances put in place in the Constitution back in 1787. Trump’s presidency has been real-time education in government for the American public.

  • Aug 9th, 2017

Hanrahan for Black Diamond City Council

In my opinion Ed Hanrahan will make an excellent Black Diamond City Council member and deserves your vote.

  • Aug 9th, 2017

Many things can distract a driver

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks.

Our leaders act like spoiled children

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are having trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare?

National parks are an important economic output

Mayor Reynolds is correct we have a lot to lose if Mount Rainier’s trails, roads, sewage and water systems and historic buildings are not properly maintained.

  • Aug 2nd, 2017

Young workers face uncertain future

“There won’t be any Social Security by the time I retire!” These were the words of my 38-year-old daughter.

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Time has come to rally in defense of national parks

From the forests of majestic Mount Rainier the spectacular Olympics and to the slopes of the North Cascades, our national parks are unique pieces of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, set aside for visitors now and in the future to explore.

  • Jul 25th, 2017

Use election to rid BD of negative influence

Black Diamond residents, we are once again in the local election season and I’m writing to urge you to join me in voting for Erin Rose Stout for Black Diamond City Council, Position 4, in the primary election (Election Day deadline, Aug. 1).

  • Jul 24th, 2017

Babble, babble boil and bomb

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class…

It’s character, not a resumé, that defines us

We have really two personas. One persona is characterized by what David…

  • Jul 19th, 2017

Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST COLUMN

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties…

  • Jul 17th, 2017

Never stop the fight against bullying

Many of you have been reading things online, in the news and…

  • Jul 14th, 2017

As a nation, we live in a time of distraction

Zeitgeist is the German word for the spirit of the times. There…

  • Jul 12th, 2017

Roberts was brilliant with travel ban

How did John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, avoid appearing partisan in the Supreme Court’s recent immigration ban decision?

Proud to lend support to federal Caregivers Act

I am writing to proudly advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028.

  • Jul 6th, 2017

Strong cities need people who care

I still haven’t wrapped my fingers around the golden answer, but I have learned this — there is a fine line between choosing what benefits you right now and what benefits the community in the long run

  • Jul 5th, 2017

Thank you, scholarship funders

Enumclaw High School would like to thank the following sponsors who generously contributed to 2017 local scholarships. Thank you for assisting our seniors in reaching their post-high school goals.

  • Jul 3rd, 2017

Legislators still twisting, turning

Any day now, Washington state lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube.

Presenting a third way of thinking

During my training as the political action person for the Sumner Education Association, we were told teachers make lousy legislators because they try to be “fair.” Being a state legislator is not about fairness to all, the Washington Education Association speaker said. It’s helping your special interest group and putting them above all other groups in the state.

Focusing on the many ties that bind us

We humans often find it difficult to face reality. Many of us have created adaptive ways to avoid what is uncomfortable. Eventually, the power of reality pushes through our ignorance and our unwillingness/inability to see things as they really are.

Summer reading: Relax, learn and have fun

It seemed like winter was longer‐than‐usual this year, but it’s behind us now. And with the change of seasons—and warmer days — it’s almost time for summer reading.

  • Jun 21st, 2017

Solutions can be hidden in plain sight

I had foolishly used my band saw to cut through a plastic bottle of rhino glue to get at what still was liquid and usable. Doing this knocked the continuous metal band of saw teeth off their three pulleys. When I repeatedly tried to fix it, the steel band saw blade kept coming off.

Thank you, attenders of Seattle Children’s Enumclaw Guild luncheon

Thank you to all for making this luncheon a success.

  • Jun 15th, 2017

Discipline lacking in the legislature

Washington voters amended the state constitution in 1979 in hopes of bringing discipline to a legislating process run amok.

  • Jun 14th, 2017

If you run for office, your thinking changes

The week of May 15-19 was the filing time and in Enumclaw, all city government positions had at least two candidates running, a very unusual occurrence.

Thank you, Enumclaw Schools Foundation

I am the teacher librarian at Sunrise Elementary and I wanted to…

  • Jun 9th, 2017

The waiting is the hardest part

In one month I’ll be moving to Japan and it honestly can’t get here fast enough. Not because I want a change of scene or because I get a cool job right out of college or because I want to hurry up and get my student loans paid off (these are all true) but because I’m just sick of the waiting. Tom Petty was right. It’s the hardest part. This is torture.

ALZ Participants Match Challenge

I’m pleased to announce a challenge match of $30,000 available this June to support our state’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising.

  • Jun 7th, 2017