Opinion

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.

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

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.

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.

Weather dampens inauguration history

There’s enough inherent drama in next week’s presidential inauguration that you might think it wouldn’t be necessary for the TV news networks to hype it. But you’d be wrong. That’s just what they do.

Sumner businesses can rely on each other

The start of a new year is like a clean slate. And now that last year is behind us, it seems our 2008 accomplishments set the bar for 2009. Whether it’s fundraising, new event development, downtown preservation efforts, or increasing membership, we are always looking to improve in each successive year. With all the new volunteers we have, I don’t anticipate that will be a problem this year.

Readers’ input is welcomed here

Fans of newspapers – and there are still plenty of dedicated readers out there, despite warnings to the contrary – realize this is an industry in the midst of great upheaval.

Consensus can hurt promises

With the legislature now meeting in Olympia and Barack Obama preparing his inaugural address, now might be a good time to recall two epic misadventures that vividly illustrate how not to close deficits.

Weather dampens inauguration history

There’s enough inherent drama in next week’s presidential inauguration that you might think it wouldn’t be necessary for the TV news networks to hype it. But you’d be wrong. That’s just what they do.

Alive and kicking with local flavor

Fans of newspapers – and there are still plenty of dedicated readers out there, despite warnings to the contrary – realize this is an industry in the midst of great upheaval.

  • Jan 13, 2009

Change came quicker than some expected

Far back in the woebegone days of my childhood, small-town Enumclaw had a great deal of covert bigotry toward black people. It wasn’t out in the open because there weren’t any blacks around here but, make no mistake about it, the racist attitudes were surely there – as confirmed by the none-too-subtle, negative remarks made behind the back of my Hispanic classmate, Jim Morris.

  • Jan 13, 2009

Concensus can undermine faith and trust

With the Legislature now meeting in Olympia and Barack Obama preparing his inaugural address, now might be a good time to recall two epic misadventures that vividly illustrate how not to close deficits.

  • Jan 13, 2009