Opinion

Ray Conner leaves our region a better place

When Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner recently announced his decision to retire at the end of next year it was more than just a well-earned and significant milestone, it was another step in a historic career for the highly respected Puget Sound born-and-raised leader.

  • Jan 17, 2017

Living with pets, learning about ourselves

What do dogs and cats tell us about ourselves? These two creatures are the most popular pets among people around the world. Did you ever wonder why?

  • Jan 17, 2017

Final Planned Parenthood report issued, but future still cloudy

A politically contentious investigation by Congressional Republicans into the practices of Planned Parenthood and procuring of fetal tissue for research quietly concluded last week.

Do you live in the past, present or the future?

In the late 1960s to the early 1970s when I was a youth, I belonged to a very strict religious organization that prophesized the imminent return of Christ, and the destruction of the United States.

Washington fulfills election expectations

This wasn’t a very good year for many of the nation’s venerable pollsters and pundits as they got trumped by fake news and fiery tweets.

RE: the ongoing Black Diamond controversy

Not having been in attendance at any of the meetings but having seen similar situations play out, I’d like to offer a couple of comments on what I have read in your columns and letters to the editor.

  • Jan 5, 2017

Incoming president’s strength is his unpredictable nature

“Trump makes people uncomfortable. It’s what he does best, in fact. But how this quality applies to foreign policy is a question that merits deeper exploration than knee-jerk displays of stricken disbelief.”

Democratic power play is under way

A fierce fight is under way for the top leadership post of the Washington state Democratic Party.

No doubt, we live in interesting times

Have you noticed since the results of the Nov. 8 election, we have experienced shifting paradigms?

  • Dec 27, 2016

Christmas should be about friends and families

Christmas used to be so easy as a kid

Times are a-changin’ – once again

Liberalism vs. conservatism has been replaced by globalization vs. nationalism in America today. At least that is what George Friedman asserts in his Nov. 30, 2016, “Friedman’s Weekly” article entitled, “Nationalism, Internationalism and the New Politics.”

Feminism really is for everybody | Point of Review

“I don’t like feminism,” my neighbor told me after I showed him my copy of bell hooks’ ‘Feminism is for Everybody.” He said he was… Continue reading

Mass media must stop leaning to the left

I got a kick out of Rich Elfers’ column of Nov. 23 trying to explain to a Seattle Times columnist why Black Diamond and Enumclaw were pro-Trump in contrast to the rest of King County.

  • Dec 15, 2016

Inslee’s education budget goes on display

Officially, Gov. Jay Inslee’s second term doesn’t get under way for another month. Practically, it begins this week when he releases his proposed budget for the 2017-19 biennium.

Mayor is the real problem in Black Diamond

Recently Yarrow Bay/Oak Pointe spent money on a favor for the Mayor to file a lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, which she was glad about. Since when does a mayor welcome a lawsuit against her own city?

  • Dec 13, 2016

Offering perspective on proposed stormwater utility

In Enumclaw, our stormwater ends up in the White and Green rivers. We all have an interest in protecting these waters from pollutants like parking lot runoff with antifreeze, oil and transmission fluid in it.

  • Dec 9, 2016

Good government requires active citizens

“No new utility taxes!” That was the mantra of several businesses during a recent Enumclaw City Council meeting. The issue was what to do with… Continue reading

  • Dec 8, 2016

Holiday shopping etiquette…

…or anyday etiquette.

  • Dec 7, 2016

Words have power to divide a nation

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

  • Dec 6, 2016

Grateful for the world of politics

With Thanksgiving still a warm memory, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election season.