Opinion

Do gun laws put us at risk?

Is our society safer or less safe because of guns?

Lamenting the wrong pronunciation

My next door neighbor recently told me that he began to ‘horripilate’ while watching local TV news last week. I said, “Gee, that’s too bad” – and then immediately ducked into my house to look up the word “horripilate.”

It’s just not that easy going green

It’s not easy being green.

Give thanks to Scots for city’s 18-hole jewel

Around 400 A.D., give or take a few years, the Roman legions retreated from the northern British Isles, leaving behind a scattered collection of relatively peaceful, Christian people known as Celts. Shortly thereafter, the Celts were invaded by pagan, barbaric hordes of Anglo-Saxons out of northern Europe. Apparently, the Celts, as best they could, tried to defend themselves. This was the darkest era of the Dark Ages, where history blends into myth, giving rise to semilegendary figures like King Arthur.

  • Apr 14, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Writer stayed true to principle of profession

  • Apr 7, 2009

Thiel was at forefront of dominant program

What is there about Enumclaw High School’s wrestling program?

  • Apr 7, 2009

Confessions of a domestic goddess

Good news arrived in my High Point Village newsletter – Tuesday was No Housework Day.

Sonntag’s audits cannot be chopped

What’s the most overused word in government? My nominee is “investment.” In the real world an investment is when you spend money to make more money. In the political world, it’s simply what public officials say when they want to spend money without actually saying that they want to spend money.

  • Apr 7, 2009

Everyone experiences memory lapses

My byline appears, accompanied by a photograph, with this essay. It’s also the name that’s on all my important papers and cards: birth certificate, driver’s license and Costco. But it’s not the name my family calls me. No, that would be “Mr. Rump Roast.”

Nudity is not as harmful as Decker thinks

Wow. Did Dan Decker really say nudity “can harm the eyes?” And all this time I thought it was that other activity that was usually done alone. In private. Who knew? Thanks, Dan, for saving my eyesight. I’m forever grateful.

Initiative 900 saves tax dollars

What’s the most overused word in government? My nominee is “investment.” In the real world an investment is when you spend money to make more money. In the political world, it’s simply what public officials say when they want to spend money without actually saying that they want to spend money.

Day of housework rest is welcomed

Good news arrived in my High Point Village newsletter – Tuesday was No Housework Day.

Let’s take a deep breath and stop the rage

I saw an incident of “road rage” the other day. A driver was shaking his fist at a driver in another car. Not unusual in and of itself, except the driver that was being raged at was driving a hearse at the time - and leading a funeral procession.

Is this the end for Wally and column?

Last night’s carousing among local bars left me severely hung over this morning. I awoke feeling unrested, lethargic and so muddle-headed I couldn’t concentrate on any particular thought for more than 10 seconds.

  • Mar 30, 2009

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