Opinion

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.

Just try to make change for phoney bill

A grocery store clerk handed me a $2 bill the other day with my other change. My immediate thought was that the bill was bogus. After all, you so rarely see one that’s it easy to forget it is legal tender. But it’s got Thomas Jefferson’s face on it. However, if you ever receive a $3 or $4 bill – with the faces of Millard Fillmore and Zachary Taylor on them – be very suspicious.

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.

Just try to make change for phoney bill

A grocery store clerk handed me a $2 bill the other day with my other change. My immediate thought was that the bill was bogus. After all, you so rarely see one that’s it easy to forget it is legal tender. But it’s got Thomas Jefferson’s face on it. However, if you ever receive a $3 or $4 bill – with the faces of Millard Fillmore and Zachary Taylor on them – be very suspicious.

Awaking to the beauty of movies

Most would agree I’m a night owl. I don’t much like going to bed and I like getting out of bed before 11 a.m. even less.

Better government is less expensive

What do Washington, D.C., and Washington state have in common?

  • Jan 19, 2009

Daddy was right on about the economy

My daddy was a private businessman. He operated a very small, independent trucking agency that hauled milk, wood shavings and sawdust all over King and Pierce counties. He felt any individual could improve his status by hard work and prudence and he surely believed in the American capitalistic system.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Awaking to beauty of movies

Most would agree I’m a night owl. I don’t much like going to bed and I like getting out of bed before 11 a.m. even less.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Sweetheart Wine Walk kicks off year

It’s a new year and our first downtown event is now only four weeks away. That’s right, our Sweetheart Wine Walk takes place on Valentine’s Day this year. If you’ve been to our February wine walks in the last couple of years, you know that it’s a fun way to celebrate a Saturday night with your sweetheart or a group of good friends. Of course from my perspective, the best thing about the event is all those people wandering in and out of our downtown shops and restaurants at an evening event. As they check their maps and lists of participating merchants, they can’t miss the local floral shops that are known for their unique and tasteful wedding flower arrangements or corsages and boutonnieres for the high school prom. Or the kitchen shop that has the latest handy gadgets for making sweets for your valentine, cookies or cupcakes for your third grader’s class or a three tiered cake for your daughter’s wedding. Thinking about handmade valentines, making a fancy dance card, or wedding invitations with your own personal touch? We’ve got the perfect paper specialty store to browse in for ideas.

Washingtons have deficit in common

What do Washington, D.C., and Washington state have in common?

Face it, some photos are never flattering

See the picture of the goofy-looking guy that accompanies this column? Well, that’s nothing. You should have seen his first Costco card. Now, that photo was a masterpiece of doltishness. Unfortunately, I lost that card a couple of days ago – and that really bums me out. I will never be able to duplicate that spectacularly grizzled look again without the help of a Hollywood makeup artist...and a bottle of Scotch.