Opinion

Papers exist to record our lives

Former journalist Richard Kluger said, “Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism; when a great one goes, such as the New York Herald Tribune, history itself is denied a devoted witness.” (Kluger worked as a journalist before becoming an accomplished Pulitzer Prize-winning author and book publisher.)

  • Mar 30, 2009

Big Brother headed to Washington?

Imagine you and your family sitting down to dinner when there’s a thunderous knock at the door. You open the door to find two uniformed… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2009

Newspapers help record history

Former journalist Richard Kluger said, “Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism; when a great one goes, such as the New York Herald Tribune, history itself is denied a devoted witness.” (Kluger worked as a journalist before becoming an accomplished Pulitzer Prize-winning author and book publisher.) I have always viewed newspapers as a way to record historic events, whether on the world, national, state or local level.

Recovery Act puts projects on track

America faces the most severe economic crisis in generations. Washington state’s unemployment rate is more than 14 percent in some counties. Too many families are struggling to get by, and their stories are becoming far too common.

Initiative allows physicians to tell lies

If you voted “yes” on I-1000, then you voted to have doctors lie.

Letters to the Editor Natural gas rates are among lowest in state

The city of Enumclaw’s Natural Gas pricing is one of the more affordable rates in the state of Washington. Here is what I have recently discovered on a cost per therm basis including operations and maintenance cost for natural gas. Enumclaw $1.18 per therm, Ellensburg $1.22 per therm, Puget Sound Energy $1.24 per therm, Cascade Natural Gas $1.26 and Buckley $1.56 per therm.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Anyone earning 25 percent more?

A couple of weeks ago I attended a town hall where a trio of eastside legislators warned darkly about the huge deficits facing state government right now. The current estimated shortfall: about $ 9 billion.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Trail bridge is worth fighting for

Each long journey begins with one step. That is Foothills Rails-to-Trails jargon for – “you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Today’s automobiles just don’t measure up

I’m currently driving a 2003 Pontiac. It’s a nice, little car, has reliably taken me wherever I’ve wanted to go and it still has a few good miles left. Nevertheless, wear has taken its toll and in a couple years I’ll have to think seriously about buying something else.

  • Mar 23, 2009

Arts make a difference in school districts

Last night, I attended my son’s last “stage” performance.

Shortfall is result of collision course

A couple of weeks ago I attended a town hall where a trio of eastside legislators warned darkly about the huge deficits facing state government right now. The current estimated shortfall: about $9 billion.

Spend your time and money in Sumner

I’m betting that anyone who follows my column is sick and tired of reading about how great I think our Sweetheart Wine Walk turned out to be and about the local resources and businesses that offer everything you need to plan a wedding such as the one Ascension Productions staged during our event. You might even be thinking it’s my job to talk positively about our downtown businesses so of course I’m going to say we have everything you need right here locally. But in light of my daughter’s “real” wedding this past weekend, I wanted you to know I put my money where my mouth is, or more appropriately, where the newsprint is.

New bridge could be the right step

Each long journey begins with one step. That is Foothills Rails-to-Trails jargon for – “you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Hit play leaves actor taking a few hits

My dad believed that as each of us travels through life, we should always be attempting new things, exploring new parts of ourselves – and taking risks.

Stay of execution was judicial failure

The facts have to be sanitized for a family newspaper. But if people knew what Cal Brown really did to Holly Washa there would be no ambivalence about the death penalty.

  • Mar 16, 2009

With spring in the air, business is blooming

The Fant family name has been around this region since early pioneer days. And since the family is directly related to the VanHoofs, Ellen Fant is probably related to half the people of Enumclaw in one shirt-tail way or another. (On second thought, given our rapid suburban growth in the last 30 years, that’s probably a slight exaggeration – but not much.)

  • Mar 16, 2009

Exciting time to be in state Capitol

Thursday was Legislative Day in Olympia for newspaper publishers and editors in the state of Washington. The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and Allied Newspapers jointly have sponsored this event for more than 20 years.

  • Mar 16, 2009

Volunteers can help with Sumner float

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this cold, snowy, rainy weather we’ve had lately is definitely putting a damper on my “Swing into Spring” mood. I can only imagine how it’s affecting the daffodils that normally start thinking about blooming in March. First it’s sunny, then it’s cold, then it’s a balmy rain and just when you think we’ve made it through winter, here comes the snow again. While that’s not unusual in our mountain passes, it’s not quite so normal in the valley.

Stay of execution was judicial failure

The facts have to be sanitized for a family newspaper. But if people knew what Cal Brown really did to Holly Washa there would be no ambivalence about the death penalty.

Funny Mr. Fix-it knows how to fumble

I remember it vividly from many years ago. I had sneaked up to my young son’s bedroom door and peered inside. There he was, with his tiny toy toolbox, pretending to do home repairs. He was pounding away with his plastic hammer and I remember thinking how very cute he was. That’s when he spoke. “Damn it!” he shouted as he purposely hit his thumb – and then continued hammering.