Opinion

Miss California true to her faith

You have to be impressed with the way Miss California 2009 has carried herself despite the negative comments, rumors and photos since her opposing statement on same-sex marriages.

  • May 20, 2009

Keep public jobs for legal residents

It used to be difficult for an employer to know whether or not they were hiring illegal residents, but that has changed.

  • May 20, 2009

Letters to the Editor Chamber happy with plan for better business

As the president of the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce, I would like to commend Councilmember Liz Reynolds for proposing her 10-point plan to “Boost Enumclaw’s Economy.” The full City Council has responded positively and acted quickly by working in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Mount Rainier Independent Business Alliance and the city’s Community Economic Development Committee.

  • May 20, 2009

Some folks just can’t be trusted with a gun

Three or four months ago, I read an unsettling story in The Seattle Times. I can’t remember where the incident happened, but it wasn’t around here. Anyway, a fellow had boarded a bus to go home. He’d just been fired from his job and, presumably, was a bit befuddled and strung out, which may have contributed to his alleged grumpy mood. For whatever reason – the article was short on details – he became upset over a woman seated near him and called her a “friggin’ bitch.” They exited the bus at the same stop, whereupon the woman pulled a handgun from her purse – she had a permit to carry a concealed weapon – and shot him. She told police the man had insulted her.

  • May 19, 2009

Miss California is miss-treated

You have to be impressed with the way Miss California 2009 has carried herself despite the negative comments, rumors and photos since her opposing statement on same-sex marriages.

Government should check citizenship

It used to be difficult for an employer to know whether or not they were hiring illegal residents, but that has changed.

Government needs to get its priority straight

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.

Health care reform should stay high on list

Comprehensive health care reform is high on President Obama’s agenda as it rightly should be. Health care is a growing expense for government, employers and families.

  • May 12, 2009

Letters to the Editor Swim program deserves to be saved, too

Most would agree that Enumclaw is a great place to grow up and is a wonderful place to raise a family. The school district’s elementary swim program offered to all second- and third-graders and special needs students shows a commitment to this quality of life, while undoubtedly saving lives.

  • May 12, 2009

Less government is the best advice

Gen. Colin Powell is the walking embodiment of the American Dream. Raised in the Bronx, the decorated Vietnam veteran served as President Reagan’s national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush and Secretary of State for the second President Bush. Many people think he would have been the country’s first African American President had he run in 1996 against Bill Clinton.

  • May 12, 2009

Whoa, Lindsay call me, please

Oh, Lindsay Lohan. After watching your recent mock-personal e-harmony advertisement, I have just two words for you: Call me!

  • May 12, 2009

Less government is best advice

Gen. Colin Powell is the walking embodiment of the American Dream. Raised in the Bronx, the decorated Vietnam veteran served as President Reagan’s national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush and Secretary of State for the second President Bush. Many people think he would have been the country’s first African American President had he run in 1996 against Bill Clinton.

Two words for Lohan – Call me!

Oh, Lindsay Lohan. After watching your recent mock-personal e-harmony advertisement, I have just two words for you: Call me!

Take a second look for health reform

Comprehensive health care reform is high on President Obama’s agenda as it rightly should be. Health care is a growing expense for government, employers and families.

College doesn’t always equate to better pay

Based upon reliable news reports and every other speech made by our new president, most American families are having a difficult time scraping together enough money to send their children to college. And even after the kids have saved all they can from part-time work, the parents have contributed the last of their retirement funds and every possible financial aid and scholarship has been exhausted, many college grads stumble away from their alma mater so far in debt it’ll take the next 20 years to pay it off, especially in today’s tanked economy. Indeed, a surprising number of modern grads won’t be able to find jobs in their chosen field and will, consequently, decide to continue their education into graduate school, as if this will necessarily increase their marketability – when, in fact, it may simply be throwing more money down the drain.

  • May 12, 2009

Saying goodbye is never easy to do

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.

  • May 5, 2009

Good models for healthcare exist

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. Now Herbold is aiming his economic coherence at an issue starving for it: healthcare.

  • May 5, 2009

Saying goodbye is never easy to do

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.

  • May 5, 2009

Good models for healthcare exist

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. Now Herbold is aiming his economic coherence at an issue starving for it: healthcare.

  • May 5, 2009