Opinion

Confederate statues and what they mean

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your failures — of your divorce, or bankruptcy, or dropping out of high school or college, or the time you got arrested when you were a teen?

Questions increase in taxes for fire service

I read the same information twice in the newspaper so I assumed that just like the internet, it must be true. Twice in print it said East Pierce Fire and Rescue needed $1.3 million more money to hire nine new firefighters.

  • Aug 23, 2017

White supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis must be condemned | Guest Column

Our freedom to speak and exchange ideas, especially unpopular ideas, is the most important right we hold as Americans. It is the first right because our founders knew that without it no other rights were possible.

  • Aug 23, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the best situation comedy available on the hundreds of channels that entertain us with sunbathing fish and bugs in bathing suits.

Keep marijuana out of Bonney Lake

The subject of recreational marijuana sale is once again at the forefront of discussion, and is going to be on the ballot for citizens of Bonney Lake to choose this fall.

  • Aug 16, 2017

Beware the unintended consequences

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequences. We all have experienced it. The military and our media have named the effect “collateral damage.”

  • Aug 16, 2017

Personal responsibility is health-care answer

One of the issues with any health care in the U.S. is the fact that many of us want “the best” of care without being willing to personally invest what is required to take care of our own health.

  • Aug 11, 2017

Voters to grade tax increases

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled water last week.

  • Aug 10, 2017

Trump presidency an ongoing civics lesson

Trump’s actions and tweets and comments have served to highlight the role of separation of powers and checks and balances put in place in the Constitution back in 1787. Trump’s presidency has been real-time education in government for the American public.

  • Aug 9, 2017

Hanrahan for Black Diamond City Council

In my opinion Ed Hanrahan will make an excellent Black Diamond City Council member and deserves your vote.

  • Aug 9, 2017

Many things can distract a driver

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks.

Our leaders act like spoiled children

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are having trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare?

National parks are an important economic output

Mayor Reynolds is correct we have a lot to lose if Mount Rainier’s trails, roads, sewage and water systems and historic buildings are not properly maintained.

  • Aug 2, 2017

Young workers face uncertain future

“There won’t be any Social Security by the time I retire!” These were the words of my 38-year-old daughter.

  • Jul 26, 2017

Time has come to rally in defense of national parks

From the forests of majestic Mount Rainier the spectacular Olympics and to the slopes of the North Cascades, our national parks are unique pieces of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, set aside for visitors now and in the future to explore.

  • Jul 25, 2017

Use election to rid BD of negative influence

Black Diamond residents, we are once again in the local election season and I’m writing to urge you to join me in voting for Erin Rose Stout for Black Diamond City Council, Position 4, in the primary election (Election Day deadline, Aug. 1).

  • Jul 24, 2017

Babble, babble boil and bomb

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class in seventh grade, I have been taken by the puzzle of how people… Continue reading

It’s character, not a resumé, that defines us

We have really two personas. One persona is characterized by what David Brooks in his book, “The Road to Character,” called the resume’ part of… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2017

Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST COLUMN

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties went into effect in Washington state. What will it mean for you and… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2017

Never stop the fight against bullying

Many of you have been reading things online, in the news and on Facebook about an alleged yearbook bullying incident at Glacier Middle School during… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2017