Richard Elfers

Considering school class sizes | Rich Elfers

How big should your child’s class size be? According to State Initiative 1351, which barely passed recently, smaller is better.

The American myth of equality | Rich Elfers

Most Americans value equality because of the ringing words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”

Ripple effect will rattle the Russians | Rich Elfers

Throw a rock into a quiet pond and you will see that ripples are created far past the rock’s impact. That’s what’s happening today as a result of decreasing oil prices across the world

Republicans can learn from Federalists | Rich Elfers

The year was 1798 and the Federalists, fearful of the French Revolution spreading to the United States, passed three Alien Acts as well as a Sedition Act, which prosecuted and imprisoned those who publicly criticized the government.

The immigration policy battle | Rich Elfers

The battle we are now witnessing between the president and the Republicans in Congress over immigration is a strange one.

Election brought few surprises | Rich Elfers

There were only a few surprises in last week’s elections. The outcome turned out to be pretty much what I expected.

GOP victory may be temporary | Rich Elfers

Republicans may find that their midterm election victory is only temporary.

Here’s why Democrats can’t win the House | Rich Elfers

Why isn’t the House of Representatives up for grabs like the Senate? If you’ve been watching the Congressional election races recently you know the Senate is up for grabs between Democrats and Republicans.

Power rests with nominations | Rich Elfers

Thousands have been protesting in Hong Kong over Beijing’s assertion of its power over its election process.

Seahawk sets example for all | Rich Elfers

In my observation, Wilson possesses three qualities that high school students could emulate to make them as successful in their studies: self discipline, pursuit of goals and the ability to learn from mistakes.

Shun idealism, embrace reality | Rich Elfers

“Putin surely understands that trying to subdue Ukraine would be like swallowing a porcupine. His response to events there has been defensive, not offensive.” These are the words of the author, John J. Mearshimer, in his insightful article (“Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault”) in the September/October 2014 edition of “Foreign Affairs.”

Why such a polarized process? | Rich Elfers

“While American politics has always been a shrill, partisan, and ugly business going back to the Founding Fathers, we have rarely been so polarized and so unable to execute even the basic functions of the government, much less tackle the most difficult and divisive problems facing the country.”

Why such a polarized process? | Rich Elfers

“While American politics has always been a shrill, partisan, and ugly business going back to the Founding Fathers, we have rarely been so polarized and so unable to execute even the basic functions of the government, much less tackle the most difficult and divisive problems facing the country.”

‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ | Rich Elfers

In his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former secretary of defense under both Bush and Obama, Robert M. Gates, states that he fought four wars at the same time

Gates likely glad his job is done | Rich Elfers

Robert M. Gates is probably the only secretary of defense who can claim to have had a “honeymoon” for his entire four and one-half years of service.

Cash still flowing to pockets of a few | Rich Elfers

This is Apple’s eight-word business plan found on the back of your iPhone.

Enumclaw Welcome Center a twisted tale | Rich Elfers

Enumclaw City Administrator Chris Searcy recalled in his May 27, 2014, staff report that it was the year 2000 when state Route 410 from Enumclaw over Chinook Pass to Naches was designated as an “All American Road.” The name of that section of highway eventually became the Chinook Scenic Byway.

Expect sparks to fly in the 31st district races | Rich Elfers

Watch for sparks to fly in the Cathy Dahlquist/Pam Roach state Senate battle. The campaign will be long, contentious and expensive. Adding to the interest is that both candidates are Republicans.

Not sharing the wealth in D.C. | Rich Elfers

The last time I visited Washington D.C., was in the 1980s. On my most recent visit a few weeks ago, I was shocked by the changes that have occurred.

China at the crossroads: Part 2 | Rich Elfers

“Reform is China’s second revolution,” and “To get rich is glorious.” These are words from China’s communist leader, Deng Xiao Ping, who led China from 1978 to 1992. He set out to undo all the damage Mao Zedong had done to China with his Great Leap Forward (1958-61) and the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) as I discussed in last week’s column.