Opinion

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

Some surprises can be piercing

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some work done, still more to do at course

If you’ve read these columns for any length of time, you’ll realize I’m a relatively peaceful, emotionally-balanced fellow who’s not inclined toward temper tantrums or sudden flashes of rage. In other words, I don’t play golf.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Tea parties send familiar message

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators on April 15. The irony isn’t that it was unveiled on tax day. It’s that 200 feet away, the bigest rally at the capitol in five years was protesting – higher taxes.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some surprises can be piercing

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?

  • Apr 21, 2009

Some work done, still more to do at course

If you’ve read these columns for any length of time, you’ll realize I’m a relatively peaceful, emotionally-balanced fellow who’s not inclined toward temper tantrums or sudden flashes of rage. In other words, I don’t play golf.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Tea parties send familiar message

Something wonderfully ironic happened last week at the state capitol: a sales tax increase of 3/10 of one cent was formally proposed by leading legislators on April 15. The irony isn’t that it was unveiled on tax day. It’s that 200 feet away, the bigest rally at the capitol in five years was protesting – higher taxes.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Surprises can be matter of attitude

Surprises. You gotta’ love ‘em or hate ‘em. Right?