Opinion

Letting my moral compass point the way in this presidential election | Letter to the Editor

Like the author of last week's column, I too am frustrated with the political realm and the choices we face for presidential candidates. Unlike the author, I decided weeks ago to avoid watching the many regional and statewide appearances of the remaining competitors, especially given the hate-filled vitriol that permeates the press and televised proceedings.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

Don’t give into knee-jerk nationalism | Rich Elfers

Have you ever lived in another culture? I did when I decided to spend my senior year of college in England. I spent my summer of that year working with 49 other students from the U.S. and Western Europe on an archaeological dig on the southern and western end of the Temple Mount (Harim al-Sharif) in Jerusalem.

  • Aug 19th, 2016 by

Don’t give into knee-jerk nationalism | Rich Elfers

Have you ever lived in another culture? I did when I decided to spend my senior year of college in England. I spent my summer of that year working with 49 other students from the U.S. and Western Europe on an archaeological dig on the southern and western end of the Temple Mount (Harim al-Sharif) in Jerusalem.

With a heavy heart, a vote for Donald Trump | Letter to the Editor

I watched as much of the political conventions of both parties that I could stomach. I wish Ted Cruz received the Republican nomination; he is a smart, pro-Constitution candidate that loves this country. But that is politics.

  • Aug 12th, 2016

Another charter school lawsuit | Editorial Cartoon

The Washington Education Association has filed suit against the state's charter schools again, claiming that the financing system set up by the Legislature still is unconstitutional.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

Another charter school lawsuit | Editorial Cartoon

The Washington Education Association has filed suit against the state's charter schools again, claiming that the financing system set up by the Legislature still is unconstitutional.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

Another charter school lawsuit | Editorial Cartoon

The Washington Education Association has filed suit against the state's charter schools again, claiming that the financing system set up by the Legislature still is unconstitutional.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

In sports, a socialist system prevails | Rich Elfers

Why is it that professional soccer in socialistic Europe is capitalistic, while in the U.S. all major league sports are monopolistic and socialistic?

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Boy Scout looking for help with Johnson Park project | Letter to the Editor

I am a Boy Scout who is working on my Eagle Scout project.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

In sports, a socialist system prevails | Rich Elfers

Why is it that professional soccer in socialistic Europe is capitalistic, while in the U.S. all major league sports are monopolistic and socialistic?

Easing into my college education | Our Corner

When it comes to selecting a college to attend following high school, many expect they will go to a four-year university. At least, while I was in high school, that's what a lot of my peers believed.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Easing into my college education | Our Corner

When it comes to selecting a college to attend following high school, many expect they will go to a four-year university. At least, while I was in high school, that's what a lot of my peers believed.

We can’t open the door for discrimination | Letter to the Editor

Although I have agreed with Mr. Elfers on several topics, I have to take issue with his stance on discrimination against gays based on religious liberty ("Same Sex Marriage Act before Supreme Court" published July 27).

  • Aug 5th, 2016

Trump slogan relies on nostalgia, not reality | Rich Elfers

We have all heard Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

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Trump slogan relies on nostalgia, not reality | Rich Elfers

We have all heard Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." What does it mean? Not much, according to a "Straits Times" (Singapore) article by Jeremy Au Yong, entitled, "What Does 'Make America Great Again' Mean?" The slogan is vague enough to appeal to people differently, depending on the person and their age. It relates to nostalgia for a better time.

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.It was announced Initiative 1515, which sought to reverse the laws in this state that allow a transgender individual to use restrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity did not receive enough signatures to get placed on the November ballot.

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.

Before becoming an adult, I wish I knew hot to protect myself from a burglary | How to Adult

I'm 26 years old. I like to think that my parents prepared me to the best of their ability to send me off into the real world when I turned 18. As I've gotten older, I've used a lot of lessons that my parents have taught me, along with lessons I have learned on my own. These are things I'm glad I learned at a young age, or they're things I wish I had known. I'm still learning a lot, and I'd like to share some of these lessons to hopefully help others. This month, I'm tackling how to protect yourself from a burglary.

  • Jul 30th, 2016

Before becoming an adult, I wish I knew hot to protect myself from a burglary | How to Adult

A few weeks ago, I came home with my roommate and two friends after a fun-filled afternoon of watching Finding Dory and getting dinner. The first thing we noticed was that our door was open. Everything was the same in our living room, but as we got into our bedrooms, we realize we had been burglarized.

Vote Fortunado for House seat | Letter to the Editor

My name is Dr. Holly Dickson. I have lived and practiced in Enumclaw for over 14 years and I love our little town. Our family has known Phil Fortunato for many years and consider him the best choice for 31st District state representative.

  • Jul 29th, 2016

Police chief thanks community for support | Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Enumclaw Police Department and all of Enumclaw's public safety, I would like to extend a very sincere "thank you" to the many who responded with cards, treats and flowers as an expression of support following the tragic event experienced in Dallas, Texas.

  • Jul 28th, 2016

Same Sex Marriage Act before Supreme Court | Rich Elfers

You have probably seen signs in places of business that say, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

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Same Sex Marriage Act before Supreme Court | Rich Elfers

You have probably seen signs in places of business that say, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." Those signs do not necessarily reflect current law in the state of Washington.

Higher wages, fewer hours | Editorial Cartoon

A just released University of Washington study found that Seattle minimum wage workers have had their hours cut since their pay went to $11 an hour. They also found that 2 to 3 percent of low wage workers sought jobs outside of the city as a reaction.

  • Jul 27th, 2016

Higher wages, fewer hours | Editorial Cartoon

A just released University of Washington study found that Seattle minimum wage workers have had their hours cut since their pay went to $11 an hour. They also found that 2 to 3 percent of low wage workers sought jobs outside of the city as a reaction.

  • Jul 27th, 2016

Higher wages, fewer hours | Editorial Cartoon

A just released University of Washington study found that Seattle minimum wage workers have had their hours cut since their pay went to $11 an hour. They also found that 2 to 3 percent of low wage workers sought jobs outside of the city as a reaction.

  • Jul 27th, 2016

198th Avenue East extension near Bonney Lake completed | Pierce County

Today officials from Pierce County, The City of Bonney Lake and Newland Communities, developer of the Tehaleh community, celebrated the completion of a $7.7 million extension of 198th Avenue East near Bonney Lake to help ease local traffic.

  • Jul 21st, 2016

Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer | Pierce County Prosecutors

Yesterday Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 55 year old Mark Kevin Tolson with one count of felony harassment and one count of malicious harassment, which is Washington's hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000.00.

  • Jul 21st, 2016

Humility is the key to dealing with conflict | Rich Elfers

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin resonates more than 240 years after it was uttered. The irony of Old Ben's observation is that many people in our era act and speak with such certitude, especially in regard to religion and politics.

  • Jul 21st, 2016 by

Humility is the key to dealing with conflict | Rich Elfers

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin resonates more than 240 years after it was uttered. The irony of Old Ben's observation is that many people in our era act and speak with such certitude, especially in regard to religion and politics.

Dorn plans to sue school districts | Jerry Cornfield

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don't get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries.

Dorn files lawsuit on local levy spending | Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Today, I filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers. This is not a step I want to take. But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

Dorn files lawsuit on local levy spending | Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Today, I filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers. This is not a step I want to take. But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

Dorn files lawsuit on local levy spending | Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Today, I filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers. This is not a step I want to take. But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

It never hurts to be skeptical | Our Corner

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to find a new apartment. Apartment hunting and moving are my least favorite things. It can get really stressful and I get grumpy. Surprisingly enough, I'm no fun to be around when I'm a big grumpy pants.

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Elfers’ column wrong on the rich | Letter to the Editor

Richard Elfers' last column maintained the mantras the liberals chant about the terrible rich 1 percent and their ways. Of course his laser focus pinpointed Donald Trump and his supposed inheritance of $100 million to $300 million, a figure disputed by Trump and his siblings. Let's pretend it was $100 million - so what? Is it Elfers' or like thinking people's business what anyone earns, inherits or accumulates? Rather than hate the "arrogant rich" mind your own house and do what it takes to achieve more if that is so important. Also, considering Trump started with a mere supposed $100+ million, had multiple bankruptcies yet turned it into $8-plus billion, he wasn't sitting about complaining.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

The shaping of America by geography | Rich Elfers

Americans are generally ignorant of how our geography has shaped our thinking and our nation. In our history, we have only had one major invasion – the War of 1812. We have weak neighbors to our north and south and vast oceans that buffer us from foreigners to our east and west.

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It never hurts to be skeptical | Our Corner

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to find a new apartment. Apartment hunting and moving are my least favorite things. It can get really stressful and I get grumpy. Surprisingly enough, I'm no fun to be around when I'm a big grumpy pants.

The shaping of America by geography | Rich Elfers

Americans are generally ignorant of how our geography has shaped our thinking and our nation. In our history, we have only had one major invasion – the War of 1812. We have weak neighbors to our north and south and vast oceans that buffer us from foreigners to our east and west.

The world is too dangerous a place to have Hillary in the White House | Letter to the Editor

After an eventful primary presidential election, it appears the presidential candidates have been chosen: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

Quest for powers always brings conflict | Rich Elfers

A little more than a week ago we saw British citizens vote to leave the European Union, citing distrust of ruling elites in Brussels and a desire to retake lost national power.

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Feeling safe? | Editorial Cartoon

Fireworks don't always respect city and county lines.

  • Jul 7th, 2016

Feeling safe? | Editorial Cartoon

Fireworks don't always respect city and county lines.

  • Jul 7th, 2016

Feeling safe? | Editorial Cartoon

Fireworks don't always respect city and county lines.

  • Jul 7th, 2016

Quest for power always bring conflict | Rich Elfers

A little more than a week ago we saw British citizens vote to leave the European Union, citing distrust of ruling elites in Brussels and a desire to retake lost national power.

More on why Enumclaw shouldn’t allow gated communities | Letter to the Editor

Previously, I expressed reservations about the Planning Commission's proposed gated development section of Enumclaw's Comprehensive Plan (Courier-Herald, May 8). Essentially, my objections were that the enclosed housing tracts would thwart the stated goal of the Comprehensive Plan to enhance connections across the town and that a market-driven approach is not a plan, but the absence of one.

  • Jul 1st, 2016

European Union running out of time | Rich Elfers

To commemorate the World War I Battle of Verdun, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met recently at the battle site to remember and honor the deaths of 300,000 German and French soldiers in that 10-month battle.

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European Union running out of time | Rich Elfers

To commemorate the World War I Battle of Verdun, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met recently at the battle site to remember and honor the deaths of 300,000 German and French soldiers in that 10-month battle.

Equality vs. Equity: Black lives matter | Richard Elfers

Do you know the difference between equality and equity?

Equality vs. Equity: Black lives matter| Richard Elfers

Do you know the difference between equality and equity? Why is it important?

  • Jun 24th, 2016