Opinion

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

Heated exchanges on Initiative 1515 | Jerry Cornfield

Opponents of an initiative to repeal state rules allowing transgender people access to bathrooms of their choice are linking the philosophical motivations for the measure and the deadly attack at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

Heated exchanges on Initiative 1515 | Jerry Cornfield

Opponents of an initiative to repeal state rules allowing transgender people access to bathrooms of their choice are linking the philosophical motivations for the measure and the deadly attack at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

Late summer | Editorial Cartoon

Summer has been a little late in coming this year.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Late summer | Editorial Cartoon

Summer has been a little late in coming this year.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Late summer | Editorial Cartoon

Summer has been a little late in coming this year.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Mayor takes it too far, won’t let Black Diamond council members speak | Letter to the Editor

Council member (Pat) Pepper asked "for the floor" to speak at the beginning and after each agenda item. The mayor (Carol Benson) obviously refused to call on her. The mayor may "preside" over the meeting, but she is not supposed to keep a council member from speaking. But she did. In contrast, the mayor's friend Council member (Janie) Edelman was able to talk at length.

  • Jun 17th, 2016

Selfish to think Black Diamond can stay small amid general city growth | Letter to the Editor

OK, which other small town in King County would you make all the people move to as the population grows? Don't you think they feel the same way? Of course they do.

  • Jun 17th, 2016

Battle of the bathroom gets batted around in joint rules committee | Jerry Cornfield

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms was waged Thursday in Yakima.

Black Diamond council obstructive, and residents are paying the price | Letter to the Editor

Editor's note: John Scearcy is the principal officer at Teamsters Local 117. Teamsters Local 117 represents a group of 11 professional staff at the city of Black Diamond.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Battle of the bathroom gets batted around in joint rules committee | Jerry Cornfield

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms was waged Thursday in Yakima. That's when an obscure legislative committee that rarely meets heard challenges to the state rule allowing transgender people to use the public bathroom of the gender they identify with — which may not be the one assigned them at birth.

America’s self-doubt through history | Rich Elfers

"There is something in the American soul that wants to believe that it is facing disaster, that it has failed, that some corruption deep in its being will steal its success. I suspect that this has something to do with the familial recollections of immigrants."

  • Jun 15th, 2016

America’s self-doubt through history | Rich Elfers

"There is something in the American soul that wants to believe that it is facing disaster, that it has failed, that some corruption deep in its being will steal its success. I suspect that this has something to do with the familial recollections of immigrants."

“We need to do more” about gun violence | Jeff Duchin

The following is written by Dr. Jeff Duchin for Public Health Insider:

  • Jun 15th, 2016

Enumclaw and Buckley collaboration | Kim Lauk

An exciting project has been under way for the past few months. After negotiations with both Enumclaw and Buckley city governments and administrations, a joint committee has been formed that has been named the Plateau Cities Collaboration.

  • Jun 11th, 2016

Gated communities in Enumclaw raises concerns and thwarts goals | Letter to the Editor

The Enumclaw Planning Commission will soon make a recommendation to the City Council that they adopt some proposed changes to the Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan. They have put a lot of thought and effort into this document, and are to be complimented for taking on the difficult task of integrating the wishes of a community having diverse viewpoints with Washington's Growth Management Act.

  • Jun 10th, 2016

Cultural change in schools, high price| Richard Elfers

President Barack Obama recently sent a directive to public schools around the country to let students use restrooms according to their gender identities. While this directive is not legally binding, the threat of potential civil rights lawsuits and loss of federal funding for Title IX looms large.

  • Jun 10th, 2016

Debate offer too good to refuse|Jerry Cornfield

If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

  • Jun 9th, 2016

Debate offer too good to refuse| Jerry Cornfield

If you’ve never tried to pull off a debate, it’s hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

Cultural change in schools, high price|Richard Elfers

President Barack Obama recently sent a directive to public schools around the country to let students use restrooms according to their gender identities. While this directive is not legally binding, the threat of potential civil rights lawsuits and loss of federal funding for Title IX looms large.

Wacky weather | Editorial Cartoon

If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Wacky weather | Editorial Cartoon

If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Wacky weather | Editorial Cartoon

If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Chris Hurst thanks community and clarifies his wife is not retiring

I really appreciate the kind messages I have received from folks after the Courier-Herald story announcing my decision not to run this year for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives. It has been my honor to serve you in Olympia.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016

Putting future politics into perspective | Rich Elfers

The presidential primary season has seen an earthquake of shifting alignments for both political parties, something few if any predicted six months ago. According to Michael Lind, writing an article for "Politico Magazine" entitled, "This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like," the political changes we have seen are really the end of the process, not the beginning.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016 by

It’s the King County Sheriff’s Department’s budget that needs rescuing now | Editorial Cartoon

The King County Sheriff's Office faces a $3.8 million budget deficit and needs to cut programs, which could include Search and Rescue Air Patrol.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016

It’s the King County Sheriff’s Department’s budget that needs rescuing now | Editorial Cartoon

The King County Sheriff's Office faces a $3.8 million budget deficit and needs to cut programs, which could include Search and Rescue Air Patrol.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016

It’s the King County Sheriff’s Department’s budget that needs rescuing now | Editorial Cartoon

The King County Sheriff's Office faces a $3.8 million budget deficit and needs to cut programs, which could include Search and Rescue Air Patrol.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016

History of primaries and who votes | Rich Elfers

Donald Trump's unpopularity numbers hover around 60 percent. Hillary Clinton's are between 50 and 55 percent. How did we get into a situation where most voters will be required to elect the least unpopular candidate this November? The answer lies in history and human nature.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 by

Putting future politics into perspective | Rich Elfers

The presidential primary season has seen an earthquake of shifting alignments for both political parties, something few if any predicted six months ago. According to Michael Lind, writing an article for "Politico Magazine" entitled, "This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like," the political changes we have seen are really the end of the process, not the beginning.

Politics today are getting personal | Jerry Cornfield

The personal nature of politics is on display in Washington.

Politics today are getting personal | Jerry Cornfield

The personal nature of politics is on display in Washington. Let's start with the presidential primary, an $11.5 million demonstration of democracy with a very limited impact on deciding who will be the nation's next leader.

After the convention | Editorial Cartoon

State Republicans after their convention and the primary.

  • May 25th, 2016

After the convention | Editorial Cartoon

State Republicans after their convention and the primary.

  • May 25th, 2016

After the convention | Editorial Cartoon

State Republicans after their convention and the primary.

  • May 25th, 2016

Time for new ideas at City Hall | Enumclaw Mayor Liz Renolds

After serving 12 years as an elected official for the city of Enumclaw, four years as a council member and on the final homestretch of eight years as mayor, I have decided to not seek re-election in 2017.

  • May 25th, 2016

And the 2016 political race is on | Our Corner

Here we go round the political bush.

The 2016 political race is on | Our Corner

Here we go round the political bush. This is the week candidates sign on the line to run for various elected offices that do the day-to-day work of governing.

Inside political catch and keep | Jerry Cornfield

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington.

Inside political catch and keep | Jerry Cornfield

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington. Trump's effect would derive from his position as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president and the cascading consequences of his words and actions.

History of primaries and who votes | Rich Elfers

Donald Trump's unpopularity numbers hover around 60 percent. Hillary Clinton's are between 50 and 55 percent. How did we get into a situation where most voters will be required to elect the least unpopular candidate this November? The answer lies in history and human nature.

Voter’s voices will be heard | Secretary of State

The goal of Washington's elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say "never again" after recently enduring caucuses that lasted until after midnight in some cases.

  • May 14th, 2016

Voter’s voices will be heard | Secretary of State

The goal of Washington's elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say "never again" after recently enduring caucuses that lasted until after midnight in some cases.

  • May 13th, 2016

Most aren’t sure where the power sits | Rich Elfers

What do voters want to know about the November elections? This was my question to a retired political science teacher friend recently (I will be teaching a Green River College continuing education course on the 2016 elections next week and was looking for ideas). His response was, "What do voters need to know about what the Constitution actually says about the powers of the president and Congress?"

  • May 13th, 2016 by

Some make it clear they ‘feel the Bern’ | Jerry Cornfield

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over.

Most aren’t sure where the power sits | Rich Elfers

What do voters want to know about the November elections? This was my question to a retired political science teacher friend recently (I will be teaching a Green River College continuing education course on the 2016 elections next week and was looking for ideas). His response was, “What do voters need to know about what the Constitution actually says about the powers of the president and Congress?”

Some make it clear they ‘feel the Bern’ | Jerry Cornfield

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over. Bernie Sanders' supporters in Washington certainly haven't.

Broken hearts over Sonics arena | Editorial Cartoon

The Seattle City Council disappointed Sonics fans by turning down the proposed arena.

  • May 11th, 2016

Broken hearts over Sonics arena | Editorial Cartoon

The Seattle City Council disappointed Sonics fans by turning down the proposed arena.

  • May 11th, 2016