Opinion

Spring is in bloom in Downtown Sumner

Spring is in the air and finally the bulb fields are blooming and sporting bright, yellow flowers which contrast against the backdrop of a vivid blue sky and Mount Rainier. I know I’m waxing poetic, but this time of year a lot of homeowners start making their annual treks to home and garden stores for supplies to spruce up their yards. I happen to be one of those homeowners.

Spring is in bloom in Downtown Sumner

Spring is in the air and finally the bulb fields are blooming and sporting bright, yellow flowers which contrast against the backdrop of a vivid blue sky and Mount Rainier. I know I’m waxing poetic, but this time of year a lot of homeowners start making their annual treks to home and garden stores for supplies to spruce up their yards. I happen to be one of those homeowners.

Private casinos could be safe bet

Legislators have just staggered away from the state Capitol having made cuts (actually, reductions from increases) nobody expected six short months ago. And there will be more.

Rabbit ears were the way of old TVs

Sitting under a pile of papers and photos at home is one of my prize possessions. It’s a vintage Admiral console TV from 1948 – with a whopping 9 1/2-inch picture. Even in 1948, only a mouse would have thought it of it as a big-screen TV. Yet, at more than 60 years old, the old black-and-white set still works – for now.

Grager a perfect fit on rugby team

There is an offensive play in rugby called a “try.”

It’s time to think about taxing the casinos

Legislators have just staggered away from the state Capitol having made cuts (actually, reductions from increases) nobody expected six short months ago. And there will be more. One-time federal grants and an inexcusable raid on the building budget to cover operating expenses makes another round of cutting all but inevitable. Some legislators are also talking up taxes, and a handful (mostly Democrats) tried pushing through an increase in the sales tax or the introduction of the income tax on wealthy earners. They didn’t make it – this time. But they jacked up college tuition and raised $100 million in other taxes.

  • Apr 27, 2009

Some surprises can be piercing

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some work done, still more to do at course

If you’ve read these columns for any length of time, you’ll realize I’m a relatively peaceful, emotionally-balanced fellow who’s not inclined toward temper tantrums or sudden flashes of rage. In other words, I don’t play golf.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Tea parties send familiar message

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators on April 15. The irony isn’t that it was unveiled on tax day. It’s that 200 feet away, the bigest rally at the capitol in five years was protesting – higher taxes.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some surprises can be piercing

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some work done, still more to do at course

If you’ve read these columns for any length of time, you’ll realize I’m a relatively peaceful, emotionally-balanced fellow who’s not inclined toward temper tantrums or sudden flashes of rage. In other words, I don’t play golf.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Tea parties send familiar message

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators on April 15. The irony isn’t that it was unveiled on tax day. It’s that 200 feet away, the bigest rally at the capitol in five years was protesting – higher taxes.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Surprises can be matter of attitude

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?

Summer events will take place in Sumner

Boy, do I like it when the sun comes out! There’s so much to do and plan for in the coming months and when the sun comes out, it seems sunny dispositions do as well. And when you combine good dispositions with our volunteers, that’s a sure fire recipe for fun events in downtown Sumner.

Tax revolt could alter politics

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators on April 15. The irony isn’t that it was unveiled on tax day. It’s that 200 feet away, the bigest rally at the capitol in five years was protesting – higher taxes.

Look beyond appearance to hear the voice

You very likely have heard about, if not seen, the remarkable video of a 47 year-old Scottish woman named Susan Boyle. It all stems from her appearance on a show across the pond called “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Are we safer if everyone is armed?

Is our society safer or less safe because of guns?

  • Apr 14, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to Dr. Mark J. Snell (Courier-Herald, letter to the editor, April 1) for staying true to the medical profession’s first principle, “do no harm.”

Wrapping up the Daffodil Festival

Though I know you are probably weary of hearing about the Daffodil Festival, no great event is complete without the ever popular “wrap-up” meeting where folks in the know discuss the good, the bad and the solutions. I was fortunate enough to attend two wrap-up meetings regarding the parade this week.