Richard Elfers

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.

Thomas Mann

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.

Thomas Mann

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?

Political landscape has a lot to do with geographic landscape | Politics in Focus

Every year, when I travel to visit my friends and family in eastern Washington and Montana, I’m shocked to see how geography affects political attitudes.

The politics behind Mount Rainier National Park | Politics in Focus

What part did politics play in the creation of Mount Rainier National Park? To answer this question I used information from the book, "Mount Rainier Wonderland: An Administrative History of Mount Rainier National Park."

Can conservation and capitalism walk hand-in-hand? | Politics in Focus

Which is more important, saving the environment or creating new industries and jobs? This issue was one of the main themes recently in PBS’s six-hour presentation on the National Parks and how they came to be.

National parks spurred political debate| Rich Elfers

Which is more important, saving the environment or creating new industries and jobs? This issue was one of the main themes recently in PBS’s six-hour presentation on the National Parks and how they came to be.