Richard Elfers

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

To solve homelessness, you have to enforce the law | In Focus

Homelessness will not be ended with either/or thinking.

 

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Fake sweepstake scams

P.T. Barnum was quoted to say “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Don’t be one of them.

 

Harvesting hops in the 1890s on the Plateau. Picture provided by the EPHS museum.

Churning and chopping: Chores from a century ago with the Nielsens

This month’s local history column will be the third and last segment on the Nielsen family. The Nielsen’s came to Enumclaw about 1895 from Denmark.… Continue reading

 

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

The Big Lie continues, even after Arizona election audit

So how do Trump supporters react to the results?

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

Looking beyond America’s borders

The United States has always been a settler nation, made great because of immigration.

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

Are mandated vaccinations constitutional?

Personal opinion and emotion do not have the force of law.

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Ironies over individual rights | In Focus

What do we mean by “My body, my choice?”

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Rich Elfers
Rich Elfers
The modern day Osceola schoolhouse. Photo provided by John Anderson.

Memories from the Nielsen family and early days in Osceola

Horses didn’t take well to the onset of fancy new automobiles.

The modern day Osceola schoolhouse. Photo provided by John Anderson.
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

The fall of Afghanistan

As Americans, we too often punish political courage and reward incompetence.

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

Trust | In Focus

How do we rebuild trust in this country after everything we’ve been through?

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

When one changes, all must change

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will force all other actors to shift positions, too.

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Harvesting hops in the 1890s on the Plateau. Picture provided by the EPHS museum.

Andrew and Anna Jensen Nielsen

A story of ‘hard work, horses, and blasting powder.’

Harvesting hops in the 1890s on the Plateau. Picture provided by the EPHS museum.
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

The need for multi-family housing in Enumclaw | In Focus

We all have a say in what the future of this city looks like

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Rich Elfers

The Threat Reflex | In Focus |

How do nations balance personal freedoms with public safety during major crises?

Rich Elfers
Rich Elfers, "In Focus"

On Critical Race Theory | In Focus |

We must confront racism to remove it from our nation

Rich Elfers, "In Focus"
Rich Elfers, "In Focus"

Conspiracy theories | In Focus |

We’re all vulnerable to magical thinking

Rich Elfers, "In Focus"
Rich Elfers

Ground hornets and seeing the bigger picture | In Focus |

We need to accurately perceive our political opponents and the problems we all face

Rich Elfers
Rich Elfers, "In Focus"

Reflections on 14 months of COVID-19 | In Focus

How a pandemic toppled a president and more thoughts.

Rich Elfers, "In Focus"
Rich Elfers, "In Focus"

The religious right wants to trade democracy for power, security | In Focus

61 percent of Republicans believe President Trumps’ “Big Lie”.

Rich Elfers, "In Focus"