Opinion

Mutts Off Main gives every dog its day

Only four weeks now until our fourth annual Mutts Off Main event on July 11, when almost 1,000 local residents, both young and old, bring their favorite mutts to Kincaid Avenue and check out the day’s downtown doggie extravaganza.

Parenting always full of surprises

Do the surprises that come along with parenting never end?

No magic answer to energy problems

Sometimes I think Americans are Dorothy looking for the Wizard of Oz. We are traipsing down the yellow brick road in search of a simple solution to our energy problems. In reality, there is no wizard and there are no magical ways to avoid tradeoffs. The simple fact is we have become an increasingly energy dependent world.

Letters to the Editor City shouldn’t spend time fighting county

Public letter to the city of Enumclaw:

  • Jun 9, 2009

Sumner float chassis needs your assistance

This week I’m going to interrupt my rhubarb ruminations to put out a call for community roadside assistance. For our float, that is. I’m not naming any names, but it seems a huge coincidence that after being back in the float driver’s seat for one year, Jon Swanson reports that we need a new motor (just kidding, Jon). He came to my office the other day lamenting that the 1980 Chevrolet Citation is having engine troubles. It has been a good community float which was obtained at a reasonable price many years ago but, like everything that works hard to perform when called upon, sometimes maintenance is required.

Moving forward to online news

No one doubts that the newspaper industry is experiencing enormous changes. But the news – whether bad or good – seemingly depends upon the size of the newsroom.

Justice nominee questionable

Connecticut Firefighter Frank Ricci and President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, have never met. But their lives are about to collide.

Renewed protectionism is un-neighborly

As President Barack Obama visited Canada and flew across the Atlantic to the G20 Summit in London earlier this year, he was trying to figure out how to lessen the tensions from the “Buy America” language that crept into the $787 billion economic stimulus package debate.

Bridge closure has kept customers away

Let’s face it, driving around the Kummer Bridge – whether via the Green River Gorge or the Whitney Bridge – has gotten to be a first-class pain in the butt and wallet, particularly if you have to drive it everyday, and the chuckholes on the detour routes surely don’t improve one’s disposition. Therefore, I’m happy to report that, barring some unforeseen emergency or problems, the bridge should be repaired and open to holiday traffic on or around July 4.

  • Jun 2, 2009

Sites not right, so farmers’ market planning put on hold

Thank you, Enumclaw residents, all 535 of you, who participated in the Enumclaw Plateau Farmers’ Market questionnaire last summer. Your opinions and requests let us know there is a large segment of our community that wants fresh, local food available in our home town now. Your keen interest and desire for direct sales from local farmers who produce safe, nutritious food have been the forces propelling our efforts. We also deeply appreciate those knowledgeable people who have started, maintained and participated in other farmers’ markets. Your direction and support in person, on the phone and through the Internet have been priceless.

  • Jun 1, 2009

It’s a new world at the newspaper

No one doubts that the newspaper industry is experiencing enormous changes. But the news – whether bad or good – seemingly depends upon the size of the newsroom.

Senate should check judge’s stance

Connecticut Firefighter Frank Ricci and President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, have never met. But their lives are about to collide.

  • Jun 1, 2009

He said, she said: local legislators talk budget

There are more misconceptions this year surrounding our state’s budget than any I can remember as your state senator. You’ve all heard them; the doom and gloom comments from elected officials and the sense of hopelessness that emanated from our state capitol where we have just concluded the 2009 regular session.

  • May 26, 2009

Letters to the Editor Candidate says residents should be concerned

Re: Patson appointed to Buckley City Council (Courier-Herald, May 13)

  • May 26, 2009

Harmonious living without the HASL

The Sexton parents are ripping a page from the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s notebook. We are instituting a skills test. We are calling it the Household Assessment of Situational Living, or HASL for short.

Recalling swimming and scent of pickles

Way back in the dawn-world mist of my childhood, I would while away summer afternoons at Pete’s Pool, so named because it was created when Pete Chorak tapped an iron pipe into an underground spring.

  • May 26, 2009

Forks opened door to opportunity

In this troubled economy, it’s more important than ever to respond quickly when opportunities arise. That’s precisely what the people of Forks did when author Stephenie Meyer chose this rural town on the Olympic Peninsula for her best-selling book about teenage love and vampires.

  • May 26, 2009

Harmony is found through HASL

The Sexton parents are ripping a page from the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s notebook. We are instituting a skills test. We are calling it the Household Assessment of Situational Living, or HASL for short.

When opportunity knocks, answer

In this troubled economy, it’s more important than ever to respond quickly when opportunities arise. That’s precisely what the people of Forks did when author Stephenie Meyer chose this rural town on the Olympic Peninsula for her best-selling book about teenage love and vampires.

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to Dannie Oliveaux’s column about the mistreatment of Miss California. I realize the column was an opinion column, but the column was as self serving as Perez Hilton’s inappropriate question was. As a reporter Mr. Oliveaux failed to include some important facts.