Richard Elfers

Transparency in government helps lobbyists

Even the most basic tenets of our government can be turned to aid those with deep pockets.

 

A simple rule for a better life: just tell the truth

Don’t make life more difficult than it already is.

 

To our detriment, nation lacks positive role models

No compassion, no morals: who do we have left to look up to?

 

Protecting ourselves against the tyranny of our own thinking

It can be hard to recognize our own hypocrisies.

Canada caught between two giants

Sometimes, taking the middle road is the worst option.

Are technological advancements helping or hurting?

The future of our democracy depends on the answer.

The story behind Drainage District 5

How the city of Enumclaw stumbled onto a possible conspiracy.

New attacks on Roe v. Wade

Both sides on this issue have come to their positions for emotional reasons.

Freedom of religion is precious; cannot be taken for granted

We are fortunate to have freedom of religion in the United States.

Thank Zenger and a strong-willed jury for freedom of the press

It used to be that any criticism of the government could be considered libel.

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

What is the “spirit of the times” today?

Balancing individual rights and the common good

There are huge double standards when it comes to men and women, especially in politics.

The crucial element to good governments

Leaders need to have genuine concern for the welfare of the people.

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

The growth isn’t unlimited — but we need to be smart about what does come to our city.

Our country, post-Mueller report

An impeachment trial would have been disastrous.

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Maybe you can’t affect the world. But you can affect the people around you.

Political parties often bring trouble

There’s a reason why our first president warned us against them.

Kennedy, Johnson, and America’s “best and brightest”

Not all wars can be won with firepower.

Lies During the Cuban Missile Crisis

Russia was nowhere near where the U.S. was in regard to nuclear capability.

Can peace be reached in Afghanistan? Only time will tell

It seems everyone wants a stable Afghanistan, even the bad actors.