Opinion

Hour glass about empty for Bryant | Jerry Cornfield

Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington's next governor.

Hour glass about empty for Bryant | Jerry Cornfield

Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington’s next governor.

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

Current political nastiness isn’t new | Rich Elfers

Surreal seems to be the proper word to describe this current presidential election cycle, whatever your political party. There have been accusations of it being rigged, with two highly distrusted and unpopular candidates each accusing the other of lying. There are revelations through damaging videos, past sex scandals, members of one political party publicly bailing on their prime candidate, an illegal email server, embarrassing WikiLeaks hacks and accusations of Russian interference.

  • Oct 26th, 2016 by

All leaders need integrity | Rich Elfers

Get ready – I am going to mix religion and politics in this column.

  • Oct 21st, 2016 by

Undecided: Neither candidate is the answer | Lady and the Trump

Choice is a dubious notion to begin with. Most Americans feel their choices are becoming slimmer.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Trump: Time for a blunt president to unite our country | Lady and the Trump

Donald Trump is the best choice for president.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Clinton: Her beliefs, experience make her the right choice | Lady and the Trump

So often in this unusual presidential debate we have come across apologetic endorsements. People who support Trump or Hillary but only to avoid endorsing the other candidate or because "their" candidate did not win their party nomination.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Has the presidential debates changed how you will

Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington's next governor.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Undecided: Neither candidate is the answer | Lady and the Trump

Choice is a dubious notion to begin with. Most Americans feel their choices are becoming slimmer. Do we really have a choice anymore to refuse the disproportionally crippling and life-denying debt needed to advance our life goals? No. Do we and our families have or have ever had a choice to pay taxes? No – but wealthy tax cheats and large corporations do. And more importantly, do our votes really count in the way of affecting every level of representative government?

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Trump: Time for a blunt president to unite our country | Lady and the Trump

Over the past eight years, we have become a divided country. We are on the verge of race wars. We need a leader who can unite us. We have become an international laughing stock. Our allies don't trust us and our enemies don't fear us. Trump will reverse this.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Clinton: Her beliefs, experience make her the right choice | Lady and the Trump

So often in this unusual presidential debate we have come across apologetic endorsements. People who support Trump or Hillary but only to avoid endorsing the other candidate or because "their" candidate did not win their party nomination.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

More reasons to vote no on Sound Transit | Letter to the Editor

A previous letter (Courier-Herald, Sept. 21) gave us an overview of the tax environment in the Washington State mentioning the upcoming ballot wherein Sound Transit is floating a $54 billion initiative to extend their train and transit system.

  • Oct 14th, 2016

Defining evil in this presidential election | Letter to the Editor

In a well-known book, "People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil" (1983), psychiatrist M. Scott Peck explored the nature of evil from his distinctly religious as well as psychological perspective.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

President’s foreign policy not perfect, but not a failure | Rich Elfers

"Obama's Middle Eastern foreign policy is a failure." So says the Republican Party during this overheated election year. The problem with this statement is that it is patently false. It is political rhetoric meant to discredit the Democrats and help the Republicans retain control of Congress and gain the presidency.

  • Oct 13th, 2016 by

President’s foreign policy not perfect, but not a failure | Rich Elfers

"Obama's Middle Eastern foreign policy is a failure." So says the Republican Party during this overheated election year. The problem with this statement is that it is patently false. It is political rhetoric meant to discredit the Democrats and help the Republicans retain control of Congress and gain the presidency.

Falling back on the Constitution | Our Corner

Well hasn't this election cycle been a sloppy bucket of fun.

Do former President Clinton’s past affairs affect

Get ready – I am going to mix religion and politics in this column.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Falling back on the Constitution | Our Corner

Well hasn't this election cycle been a sloppy bucket of fun.

Pay more, get less from Sound Transit | Letter to the Editor

This upcoming election will give citizens an opportunity to vote on the largest local tax increase in this country's history.

  • Oct 10th, 2016

Pay more, get less from Sound Transit | Letter to the Editor

This upcoming election will give citizens an opportunity to vote on the largest local tax increase in this country's history.

  • Oct 10th, 2016

Don’t be afraid of the unknown | Our Corner

One year ago, I did the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I moved to a new city without a plan.

  • Oct 6th, 2016

Don’t be afraid of the unknown | Our Corner

One year ago, I did the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I moved to a new city without a plan.

Voting from frustration and loss of faith | Rich Elfers

I can tell something bothers me when I wake up thinking about it. That happened after the first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

  • Oct 5th, 2016 by

Voting from frustration and loss of faith | Rich Elfers

I can tell something bothers me when I wake up thinking about it. That happened after the first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Verbal miscues can cause heat | Jerry Cornfield

It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season. Except this eye-opening utterance came from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in the early minutes of his televised debate with Bill Bryant, his Republican opponent.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Verbal miscues can cause heat | Jerry Cornfield

It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season. Except this eye-opening utterance came from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in the early minutes of his televised debate with Bill Bryant, his Republican opponent.

Attorney general fights weapons | Jerry Cornfield

Attorney General Bob Ferguson insists politics isn't driving his call for a ban on the sale of semiautomatic, military-style assault weapons during the 2017 legislative session.

Work can get done in government | Rich Elfers

One of the criticisms of government is that nothing much gets accomplished. I served on the Enumclaw City Council for a four-year term. Now, nearly five years later, I reflect on what was accomplished both during my term and what has been accomplished in the five years since. I discovered there are lessons to be learned from looking back.

  • Sep 29th, 2016 by

Work can get done in government | Rich Elfers

One of the criticisms of government is that nothing much gets accomplished. I served on the Enumclaw City Council for a four-year term. Now, nearly five years later, I reflect on what was accomplished both during my term and what has been accomplished in the five years since. I discovered there are lessons to be learned from looking back.

A look at the life of newspapers | Our Corner

You're looking at a brand new Courier-Herald.

A look at the life of newspapers | Our Corner

You're looking at a brand new Courier-Herald. Well, actually, you'll need to go to www.courierherald.com to see what's new, because we are revamping the newspaper's website in the near future.

  • Sep 28th, 2016

United we stand, with locked arms | Our Corner

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.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016

United we stand, with locked arms | Our Corner

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.

Every election at every level is important | Letter to the Editor

This election cycle, the state Senate, Legislature and gubernatorial election is vital to your pocketbook.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Ideas living in our heads rule our lives | Rich Elfers

"Trust and verify."

  • Sep 15th, 2016 by

Remembering Sept 11, 2001 | Our Corner

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.

  • Sep 15th, 2016

Ideas living in our heads rule our lives | Rich Elfers

"Trust and verify." These were the words of President Ronald Reagan in dealing with the Soviets during the Cold War. Reagan's words can also apply to the immigration issue currently being debated by the presidential candidates.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 | Our Corner

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.

Trump tapps into fear and frustration | Jerry Cornfield

It took Donald Trump nearly four minutes to enter Xfinity Arena, make his way to the podium and greet thousands of screaming fans congregated on the floor and seated throughout the building.

Discretion and understanding will guard you | Rich Elfers

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?"

  • Sep 7th, 2016 by

Discretion and understanding will guard you | Rich Elfers

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?"

Fish story: Water standards create a wake | Jerry Cornfield

The state is about to get new standards for water quality calibrated in part on how much fish we eat. The question is which version?

Electoral College is for the good of all | Rich Elfers

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?

  • Aug 31st, 2016 by

Electoral College is for the good of all | Rich Elfers

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?

Black Diamond majority sticks to voters’ decisions | Letter to the Editor

Black Diamond voters created a new City Council majority and ousted (Craig) Goodwin and (Ron) Taylor last year because the voters didn't get what they wanted from them.

  • Aug 29th, 2016

Trump sends out survey to voters prior to visit | Jerry Cornfield

It's a pretty safe bet Donald J. Trump will lose in the state of Washington this November. It's a pretty sure one he'll get walloped in the city of Seattle.

Will vote for Clinton with no heaviness of heart | Letter to the Editor

Editor's note: the following is in response to a previous letter by J. Buss.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

High numbers may vote Libertarian | Rich Elfers

“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).