Opinion

Big Brother, I’m watching you

When people think about the early part of July, the day that immediately springs to mind for most is the Fourth of July or, as it is known patriotically, Independence Day.

Home’s destruction leaves a void to fill

If you’ve commuted on the Krain Highway, officially 400th Street Southeast, every day for several months or if you’ve only driven that road a few days each month but done so for many years, you may have recently felt an uneasiness – perhaps a slight sense of disorientation. At first it was difficult to isolate a reason for such feelings, but eventually you realized they were caused by a space where there shouldn’t be one. A hole in the landscape, around 212th.

  • Jun 29, 2009

One week brings two favorite things

Over the weekend I was able to enjoy two of my favorite things – baseball and golf. The Mariners were in town hosting the Diamondbacks from Arizona and on TV I was able to enjoy the U.S. Open golf tournament.

  • Jun 23, 2009

Heritage Bank receiving makeover

If you’ve driven down Main Street lately, you’ve probably seen our local version of what is now a popular TV show theme, a business makeover. Heritage Bank (at the corner of Wood and Main) won a free outdoor landscape makeover from Windmill Gardens at our May Sumner Downtown Association meeting which focused on façade improvements with flowers. The winning makeover also came with a year’s maintenance as well. So congratulations to Heritage Bank as it really makes the front entrance, which was great to begin with, look even more inviting.

My, oh my! Golf and the Mariners

Over the weekend I was able to enjoy two of my favorite things – baseball and golf. The Mariners were in town hosting the Diamondbacks from Arizona and on TV I was able to enjoy the U.S. Open golf tournament.

If parents fail, children fail

Bradwell Elementary School in Chicago has announced that 44 of its 77 students will not pass eighth grade this year, sparking an interesting debate: who’s at fault, the parents or the school?

Cap-and-trade is a $650 billion tax

Higher energy prices are a hidden undeclared tax.

There’s a reason they call the place Paradise

Continued from last week:

  • Jun 22, 2009

Parents get blame for kids’ failures

Bradwell elementary school in Chicago has announced that 44 of its 77 students will not pass eighth grade this year, sparking an interesting debate: who’s at fault, the parents or the school?

  • Jun 22, 2009

I want my MTV, as it used to be

There’s an old adage which states, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” I often wonder if this is true, but I know for sure I think of it when I recall my relationship with MTV.

  • Jun 16, 2009

Road trip provides just a bit of Paradise

Well, friends, what our new president has inherited from the neo-conservative school is nothing less than the worst economy in at least 25 years and quite possibly the worst since the 1930s. I suspect Barack Obama has reviewed certain programs that proved effective during the Great Depression under the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

  • Jun 16, 2009

Changes brewing in county offices

When it comes to politics, do voters around here still want change?

  • Jun 16, 2009

Sumner hosts several events this summer

It’s almost that time of year again when the park outside my office fills up every Friday night with the sound of music and lots of local residents. I love it when July gets here because this type of downtown activity reminds me of a scene right out of Music Man. The gazebo is filled with musical performers and the lawn is lined with picnic blankets, folding canvas chairs and lots of local residents. For those who don’t know it, the Sumner Arts Commission is responsible for booking the July Friday night shows with a diverse array of musical entertainment.

Race for executive a hot one

When it comes to politics, do voters around here still want change?

Health reform requires close scrutiny

There’s an old saying, “Act in haste, repent at leisure.” It means that acting too quickly causes major problems later.

MTV needs to return to its roots

There’s an old adage which states, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” I often wonder if this is true, but I know for sure I think of it when I recall my relationship with MTV.

Letters to the Editor

A dubious landmark in Washington state history culminated in Linda Fleming becoming the first victim of the death with dignity assisted suicide law. Several others await.

Crime should fit time for juveniles

When do you know a crime is serious?

  • Jun 9, 2009

Children keep surprises coming

Do the surprises that come along with parenting ever end?

  • Jun 9, 2009

Mega-regions expect to bounce back faster

Well, gang, as each and every one of us clearly realizes, the U.S. economy, and the world’s financial system in general, has gone to hell in a pushcart. Our president has launched a stimulus package designed to get America running again and hopefully kick-start the economy of other nations as well.

  • Jun 9, 2009