Opinion

Summer events will take place in Sumner

Boy, do I like it when the sun comes out! There’s so much to do and plan for in the coming months and when the sun comes out, it seems sunny dispositions do as well. And when you combine good dispositions with our volunteers, that’s a sure fire recipe for fun events in downtown Sumner.

Tax revolt could alter politics

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.

Look beyond appearance to hear the voice

You very likely have heard about, if not seen, the remarkable video of a 47 year-old Scottish woman named Susan Boyle. It all stems from her appearance on a show across the pond called “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Are we safer if everyone is armed?

Is our society safer or less safe because of guns?

  • Apr 14, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to Dr. Mark J. Snell (Courier-Herald, letter to the editor, April 1) for staying true to the medical profession’s first principle, “do no harm.”

Wrapping up the Daffodil Festival

Though I know you are probably weary of hearing about the Daffodil Festival, no great event is complete without the ever popular “wrap-up” meeting where folks in the know discuss the good, the bad and the solutions. I was fortunate enough to attend two wrap-up meetings regarding the parade this week.

Do gun laws put us at risk?

Is our society safer or less safe because of guns?

Lamenting the wrong pronunciation

My next door neighbor recently told me that he began to ‘horripilate’ while watching local TV news last week. I said, “Gee, that’s too bad” – and then immediately ducked into my house to look up the word “horripilate.”

It’s just not that easy going green

It’s not easy being green.

Give thanks to Scots for city’s 18-hole jewel

Around 400 A.D., give or take a few years, the Roman legions retreated from the northern British Isles, leaving behind a scattered collection of relatively peaceful, Christian people known as Celts. Shortly thereafter, the Celts were invaded by pagan, barbaric hordes of Anglo-Saxons out of northern Europe. Apparently, the Celts, as best they could, tried to defend themselves. This was the darkest era of the Dark Ages, where history blends into myth, giving rise to semilegendary figures like King Arthur.

  • Apr 14, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Writer stayed true to principle of profession

  • Apr 7, 2009

Thiel was at forefront of dominant program

What is there about Enumclaw High School’s wrestling program?

  • Apr 7, 2009

Confessions of a domestic goddess

Good news arrived in my High Point Village newsletter – Tuesday was No Housework Day.

Sonntag’s audits cannot be chopped

What’s the most overused word in government? My nominee is “investment.” In the real world an investment is when you spend money to make more money. In the political world, it’s simply what public officials say when they want to spend money without actually saying that they want to spend money.

  • Apr 7, 2009

Everyone experiences memory lapses

My byline appears, accompanied by a photograph, with this essay. It’s also the name that’s on all my important papers and cards: birth certificate, driver’s license and Costco. But it’s not the name my family calls me. No, that would be “Mr. Rump Roast.”

Nudity is not as harmful as Decker thinks

Wow. Did Dan Decker really say nudity “can harm the eyes?” And all this time I thought it was that other activity that was usually done alone. In private. Who knew? Thanks, Dan, for saving my eyesight. I’m forever grateful.

Initiative 900 saves tax dollars

What’s the most overused word in government? My nominee is “investment.” In the real world an investment is when you spend money to make more money. In the political world, it’s simply what public officials say when they want to spend money without actually saying that they want to spend money.

Day of housework rest is welcomed

Good news arrived in my High Point Village newsletter – Tuesday was No Housework Day.

Let’s take a deep breath and stop the rage

I saw an incident of “road rage” the other day. A driver was shaking his fist at a driver in another car. Not unusual in and of itself, except the driver that was being raged at was driving a hearse at the time - and leading a funeral procession.