Opinion

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 21, 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 15, 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 14, 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 send a huge thank you to the Enumclaw Schools Foundation for making our… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 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 7, 2017

Trump may spur greater democracy

According to a Dec. 19, 2011, article in the “Daily Mail.com,” scientific research has proved Nietzsche right, at least in part. Small amounts of stress do make a person stronger and better able to cope with the difficulties of life. Too much stress, and too little, have the same effect: difficulty coping.

  • Jun 1, 2017

Again, talks turn to closing the state government

At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans for furloughing workers, suspending contracts and locking up if a new state budget is not in place when the fiscal year begins July 1.

  • May 31, 2017

Carried along the rough waters of Trump

James Comey, recently-fired FBI Director, gained his reputation for integrity when he was Assistant Attorney General during the George W. Bush administration.

Hope is around the corner

Is there hope for Black Diamond?

  • May 25, 2017

No quick fix for car tab fiasco

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car tab fees.

  • May 24, 2017

‘13 Reasons Why’ is worth settling in and watching

It’s no secret when a new show is released on Netflix. Posts can be seen all over social media discussing this new must watch show or movie. And a month ago when “13 Reasons Why” was released, it was no different.

Concerned about the Trump presidency

Trump can do whatever he wants.

  • May 23, 2017

GOP had better take long-term approach

Donald Trump and the Republicans did it. On May 4, the House of Representatives succeeded. With a narrow, party-line vote of 217-213, Republicans passed the repeal and reform of Obamacare. There was a celebration on the White House lawn.

  • May 18, 2017

State Legislature made headway on some key issues

Negotiations on the funding and operations of public schools were occurring on most weekdays, not weekends, and there was no guesstimate of when Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate may cut a deal.

  • May 17, 2017

Scrap outmoded definition of Arab

When I tread the corridors and walkways of Green River College, I constantly pass women wearing hijabs (Muslim headscarves). Are these women Arabs? That depends. They may be from India, or Iraq or Norway. What exactly is an Arab, anyway?

Tax returns and presidential candidates

Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if he doesn’t release his tax returns.