Richard Elfers

Shiny outside, but poor quality | Rich Elfers

The definition of a plutocrat is “a person who derives power from wealth.” Warren Buffet fits in that category.

Supreme Court could set new direction on labor| Rich Elfers

What if, in June, the five conservative Supreme Court justices strike down the Noel Channing National Labor Relations Board case against the Obama administration’s recess appointments? They might do so on the grounds that the original law that created the National Labor Relations Board in 1935 is unconstitutional. Let me give you some historic background and then explain the political and constitutional implications.

Appointments bring Washington D.C. political battle | Rich Elfers

Another major confrontation between conservatives and the president is currently being argued before the Supreme Court. Since 2009, when Barack Obama took office, there has been a battle over confirmations between Senate Republicans and the president.

Nations profiting with NAFTA | Rich Elfers

Do you realize NAFTA has been in existence for 20 years? Don’t know what NAFTA is and why it’s important? NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Agreement.

Greatness carries a high price | Rich Elfers

I’ll never be a Nelson Mandela, nor would I want to be. The price he paid to free South Africa from apartheid was far higher than I am willing to pay.

Balancing stability and change | Politics in Focus

All of us struggle between the desire for stability and the desire for change. Some favor stability and order above all else. Others are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to improve conditions for themselves and/or others.

Balancing stability and change in South Africa | Rich Elfers

All of us struggle between the desire for stability and the desire for change. Some favor stability and order above all else. Others are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to improve conditions for themselves and/or others.

Nelson Mandela – a definition of greatness| Rich Elfers

A great man has just passed from the scene. Nelson Mandela was buried last week. Leaders from all over the world arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, in tribute to his greatness.

Politically, all have to learn to adapt | Rich Elfers

After the Edward Snowden revelations, an embarrassed President Obama, who campaigned for government transparency, is reshaping his surveillance policies – secretly. Isn’t this hypocritical? The answer, surprisingly, is no.

Politically, all have to learn to adapt | Politics in Focus

After the Edward Snowden revelations, an embarrassed President Obama, who campaigned for government transparency, is reshaping his surveillance policies – secretly. Isn’t this hypocritical? The answer, surprisingly, is no.

Taking a look at intelligence | Rich Elfers

What is intelligence? Since the late 19th and early 20th centuries social scientists have been studying this question.

Lot to be learned from Enumclaw election | Rich Elfers

Elections are always a learning opportunity about human nature. This most recent election was no exception. There was much to learn about how people think and respond.

Columnist reviews Enumclaw candidate answers | Rich Elfers

What did you think about the answers to three questions in last week’s Courier-Herald from the City Council candidates? Dennis Box, the managing editor, and I felt it was important to show our readers whether the candidates possessed the skill of critical thinking by answering difficult political questions. They were asked to comment about the direction the city of Enumclaw should take in regard to fixing our streets and utilizing the Expo Center. The candidates had to work hard to formulate solutions. City officials and school district staff were contacted for answers.

Enumclaw City Council candidate debate – Part II

Editor’s Note: For the second week City Council candidates for positions one, three, five and seven responded to three in-paper debate questions presented by the editorial department and columnist Rich Elfers

Enumclaw City Council candidate debate Part I

Editor’s Note: City Council candidates for positions one, three, five and seven responded to three in-paper debate questions presented by the editorial department and columnist Rich Elfers.

City Council shift could come to Enumclaw | Rich Elfers

Have you seen all the signs for candidates and issues around town? Many deal with contestants running for the Enumclaw City Council. Four seats are open and changes are going to happen no matter who wins. I have hopes that the changes will bring a paradigm shift for the council.

Rich Elfers | Enumclaw City Council Position No. 3 | Shelby DeVol and Mike Sando

Serving on the City Council is an important job that deserves our best people. In order for you to decide which candidates can best serve the city, I’ve asked four questions of each candidate.

Rich Elfers | Question and answers Enumclaw City Council Position No. 7 | Hoke Overland and Sean Krebs

This is my second column on Enumclaw City Council candidates: Position 7, Sean Krebs vs. Hoke Overland.

Rich Elfers | Enumclaw City Council Position No. 5 | Thomas Mann

My goal has been to better inform the voters. Democracy only works when voters have enough information to make good decisions. This is one of the chief functions of a free press – to provide accurate information.

The influence of geography on politics | Rich Elfers

Approximately 60 percent of the people who live within the city limits of Enumclaw vote Democratic while 40 percent vote Republican. Yet, if you go into unincorporated King County, the numbers are almost exactly reversed. Why is that?