Opinion

Pink slips begin circling as lawmakers battle

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.

Molinaro supported in Enumclaw mayoral race

Our family enthusiastically supports Jan Molinaro as Enumclaw’s next mayor. His operations and fiscal management along with his leadership experience is superlative and would be greatly valued as a visionary leader of our community.

  • Oct 11, 2017

Rebellion is as American as apple pie

This was my response as I spoke with a woman who was bragging about how much of a rebel she was against the standards of society.

State lawmakers pressing ST3 for serious answers

Republican senators who are convinced Sound Transit leaders played fast and loose with facts about the agency’s light rail expansion plans got a chance last week to prosecute their argument in a court of public opinion.

To Vern, in memorium

I have known the late Vern Anderson and his wife, Eleanor, since we were in high school and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to them.

  • Oct 4, 2017

Poor government strips wealth from its citizens

What makes good government? This is one of the questions I ask my international civics and government students each quarter as I teach about the U.S. Constitution.

Education leader will draw some cheers, some jeers

A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her boss’ accomplishments and inflame hearts of their political foes.

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 20, 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 14, 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 12, 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 6, 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 5, 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 31, 2017