Opinion

Either Washington or Lincoln a perfect pick

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Monday of each February (next Monday) as Presidents Day, proclaiming it a federal holiday. Ever since then, the states have honored that day in one way or another. Some states use the occasion to celebrate all our past presidents. A few states, at least officially, only pay homage to George Washington and no other commander in chief. But most states mark the day to honor both George and our 16th president, ol’ Abe Lincoln.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Plan to trim budget fat a strike out

In Olympia, everyone is trying to save money. Ideas that were unheard of a year ago are now getting serious consideration. And that’s good. Budget fat can build up anywhere, including nooks and crannies in “hands off” areas of state government, including education and the state prison system

  • Feb 10, 2009

Wedding is part of the wine walk fun

If you liked our scarecrows on Main Street for Autumn Evening, or the Norman Rockwell Living Art in our downtown storefront windows during Hometown Holidays last year, then you’re going to love Saturday’s original wedding show also created by Ascension Productions. Director/creator, Petra Karr has outdone herself putting together a hilarious wedding party cast for the Prosser Flyboy marries Sumner Sweetheart production that will be taking place during our annual Sweetheart Wine Walk on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 8 p.m.

Time to move on and offer thanks

The fat guy is writing his last Our Corner column for The Courier-Herald.

Don’t trim three-strikes law

In Olympia, everyone is trying to save money. Ideas that were unheard of a year ago are now getting serious consideration. And that’s good. Budget fat can build up anywhere, including nooks and crannies in “hands off” areas of state government, including education and the state prison system

Single-tasking works, until we forget

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching the DVD of “Titanic,” when she suddenly - WAIT A MINUTE! That was the beginning of my column last week in this paper. I forgot where I was going with this week’s column.

Federal stimulus proposal is flawed

Last week Starbucks announced it is selling its new $45 million corporate jet. With sales slumping and layoffs being planned, the company realizes that times have changed.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Crashed computer brings life to a halt

Al Bogdan taught me how to type on a manual, Royal typewriter in my Junior year of high school. In retrospect, that was probably the most important thing I learned in my three years at EHS.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Terrible Towel has terrific power

So you really didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, played a few short days ago in sleezy old Tampa Bay, Fla.? The strip club capitol of the universe? Well, I know a few people who did care about the tilt’s outcome. I know I did.

Sumner will host the Sweetheart Wine Walk

It’s February again and that means it’s time for our first annual downtown event, the Sumner Sweetheart Wine Walk. This year it falls right smack dab on Valentine’s Day so we’re hoping even more people will make Sumner their destination for a sweet holiday night out with friends and loved ones.

Stimulus plan is misdirected

Last week Starbucks announced it is selling its new $45 million corporate jet. With sales slumping and layoffs being planned, the company realizes that times have changed.

Don’t mess with Terrible Towels

So you really didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, played a few short days ago in sleezy old Tampa Bay, Fla.? The strip club capitol of the universe? Well, I know a few people who did care about the tilt’s outcome. I know I did.

Industries are moving to ‘green’ to stay in red

With lumber and paper markets depressed, forest industry leaders are shifting focus to the production of renewable, “green‚“ energy.

Gag rule wastes money, time

Editor’s note: John Carlson, who normally provides the column appearing here, is on vacation. His column will return next week. This week’s column is provided by Don Brunell, who heads the Association of Washington Business.

Legislature needs to promote jobs

Editor’s note: John Carlson, who normally provides the column appearing here, is on vacation. His column will return next week. This week’s column is provided by Don Brunell, who heads the Association of Washington Business.

  • Jan 28, 2009

Inauguration was talk of the town

Jan. 20 was just another day for me when it started. Yes, it was inauguration day for President Obama, but for me, just another day in Enumclaw far far away from the festivities. The only thought I had was that $160 million dollars sure seemed like a lot for the pomp and circumstance that was about to occur.

  • Jan 26, 2009

Legislature needs to promote jobs

Editor’s note: John Carlson, who normally provides the column appearing here, is on vacation. His column will return next week. This week’s column is provided by Don Brunell, who heads the Association of Washington Business.

  • Jan 26, 2009

Inauguration was talk of the town

Jan. 20 was just another day for me when it started. Yes, it was inauguration day for President Obama, but for me, just another day in Enumclaw far far away from the festivities. The only thought I had was that $160 million dollars sure seemed like a lot for the pomp and circumstance that was about to occur.

  • Jan 26, 2009

America’s financial future heads overseas

So, our economy is down the toilet, like nothing you’ve ever experienced or can remember – unless you’re around 80 years old. We’ve seen recessions before, but this one is a real doozy. And our new president and most financial experts who are supposed to know about such things tell us the situation will get worse, with even higher unemployment, thousands of foreclosures, extreme Wall Street gyrations, more major corporations going bankrupt and more retail stores going broke. Understandably, the public is a bit frightened.

  • Jan 26, 2009

Inauguration gave hope to America

Jan. 20 was just another day for me when it started. Yes, it was Inauguration Day for President Obama, but for me, just another day in Enumclaw far far away from the festivities. The only thought I had was that $160 million dollars sure seemed like a lot for the pomp and circumstance that was about to occur.