Opinion

Take a second look for health reform

Comprehensive health care reform is high on President Obama’s agenda as it rightly should be. Health care is a growing expense for government, employers and families.

College doesn’t always equate to better pay

Based upon reliable news reports and every other speech made by our new president, most American families are having a difficult time scraping together enough money to send their children to college. And even after the kids have saved all they can from part-time work, the parents have contributed the last of their retirement funds and every possible financial aid and scholarship has been exhausted, many college grads stumble away from their alma mater so far in debt it’ll take the next 20 years to pay it off, especially in today’s tanked economy. Indeed, a surprising number of modern grads won’t be able to find jobs in their chosen field and will, consequently, decide to continue their education into graduate school, as if this will necessarily increase their marketability – when, in fact, it may simply be throwing more money down the drain.

  • May 12, 2009

Saying goodbye is never easy to do

Last week I attended what I am sure will be the start of too many funerals this year. As I have mentioned in the past, my mother and father both turn 75 this year, which means my mom’s and dad’s aunts, uncles, cousins, bothers, sisters are at that age when a simple cold can turn into a life-and-death situation.

  • May 5, 2009

Good models for healthcare exist

Bob Herbold became famous at Microsoft for noticing things others overlooked. He chronicled some of those observations two years ago in one of the better business books of the decade, “Seduced by Success” (McGraw-Hill) which regrettably was not required reading at General Motors and WaMu. Now Herbold is aiming his economic coherence at an issue starving for it: healthcare.

  • May 5, 2009

Saying goodbye is never easy to do

Last week I attended what I am sure will be the start of too many funerals this year. As I have mentioned in the past, my mother and father both turn 75 this year, which means my mom’s and dad’s aunts, uncles, cousins, bothers, sisters are at that age when a simple cold can turn into a life-and-death situation.

  • May 5, 2009

Good models for healthcare exist

Bob Herbold became famous at Microsoft for noticing things others overlooked. He chronicled some of those observations two years ago in one of the better business books of the decade, “Seduced by Success” (McGraw-Hill) which regrettably was not required reading at General Motors and WaMu. Now Herbold is aiming his economic coherence at an issue starving for it: healthcare.

  • May 5, 2009

Historic downtown big asset to Sumner

May is National Historic Preservation Month so I thought I’d focus on our great downtown buildings this week. I just got back from our state Main Street Conference which featured presentations on this very topic.

Family funerals are wake-up calls

Last week I attended what I am sure will be the start of too many funerals this year. As I have mentioned in the past, my mother and father both turn 75 this year, which means my mom’s and dad’s aunts, uncles, cousins, bothers, sisters are at that age when a simple cold can turn into a life-and-death situation.

Don’t mention snakes in front of Mom

Lots of words have been written about mothers. One of my favorites is: “Only a mother would think her daughter has been a good girl when she returns from a date with a Gideon Bible in her purse.”

U.S. spends more on healthcare

Bob Herbold became famous at Microsoft for noticing things others overlooked. He chronicled some of those observations two years ago in one of the better business books of the decade, “Seduced by Success” (McGraw-Hill) which regrettably was not required reading at General Motors and WaMu.

Economic rec­­overy will take some time

The hope of a short economic downturn was fading quickly as the days grew shorter and the damp, dark rains of October and November turned into a bitterly snowy and cold December. By the time winter began, we all knew that we were facing the worst economic crisis in a lifetime. As we collectively struggled for signs of hope, everyone knew that the path would be long and dark.

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to

Something strange has happened to American movies in the last 15 or 20 years. Most of the highly-honored, critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning films have proven to be box office duds.

  • May 5, 2009

Pockets full of cash hard to come by today

A week or two ago, David Letterman would start each nightly monologue by asking his Late Show audience if they had any money. The crowd would always reply with a resounding “No!” Thereafter, he’d shrug and say he didn’t have any either. Then he’d wonder who does.

  • Apr 28, 2009

Local rugby star gets a shout out

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

  • Apr 28, 2009

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