Opinion

High-tech guitar lessons for learner

Technology brings a lot of wonderful advantages to our lives, allowing us to connect instantly with friends far away and organize entire months of our lives on a small hand-held device.

  • Mar 9, 2009

Modern toys bring too many injuries

I walked into a neighborhood coffee joint last week, and stood in line behind a woman already ordering. She rattled off some drink using words like “no-foam” and “with wings.” I wasn’t sure if she was ordering coffee or chicken.

Sumner is home to many local events

If you were driving down Main Street on Valentine’s Day enjoying the big band sounds of the Sumner High School Jazz Band as part of our Sweetheart Wine Walk event, you weren’t alone. This is the second time the band has performed at our event and I love all the comments we get about how great it is to have the band downtown for folks to listen to.

Bill may eliminate clemency

A few weeks ago I alerted readers to a startling state Senate proposal that would erase the life terms of nearly half the state’s 292 “Three Strikes, Your Out” inmates, setting more than 80 of them free immediately. The legislation, Senate Bill 5292, passed out of committee with the support of eastside Sen. Rodney Tom.

Tough times hit every area in life

At a chamber of commerce breakfast meeting a couple of weeks ago Green River Community College business instructor Jeff Perlot asked those in attendance for recession jokes to lighten the mood.

Three strikes almost out of time

A few weeks ago I alerted readers to a startling state Senate proposal that would erase the life terms of nearly half the state’s 292 “Three Strikes, Your Out” inmates, setting more than 80 of them free immediately. The legislation, SB 5292, passed out of committee with the support of eastside Sen. Rodney Tom.

  • Mar 2, 2009

Now newspapers are making headlines

I first read newspaper comics when I was in J. J. Smith Elementary School. Specifically, Tarzan, the Lone Ranger, Dick Tracy and perhaps a humorous strip like Mickey Mouse. If memory serves me correctly, that’s essentially all I read in newspapers for the next 12 or 13 years, though the strips changed; for example, I became fond of Pogo and ‘Lil Abner. Mostly, I simply ran across newspapers in various coffee shops, where I’d glance at the headlines and entertainment sections before turning to the comics. (Of all the cartoons I recall from my youth, only Blondie has survived.)

  • Mar 2, 2009

Our friends are feeling the pinch

At a chamber of commerce breakfast meeting a couple of weeks ago Green River Community College business instructor Jeff Perlot asked those in attendance for recessions jokes to lighten the mood.

  • Mar 2, 2009

Insults can come right back at us

I was standing on a street corner last week waiting for the crosswalk light to change. All of a sudden, a guy stepped alongside and distinctly said, “You know something? You’ve got a face like a smashed jack-o-lantern.”

Know where your meal comes from

A quick stroll past the meat counter of a popular megastore Sunday afternoon prompted thoughts of Piggy Sue and others.

Bridge tolls not what voters wanted

When the ribbon was snipped on a new floating bridge connecting Montlake to the eastside in 1963, a toll was collected to pay for its construction. It ranged over time from 25 to 35 cents and was lifted in 1979 when the bridge was paid off ahead of schedule. The I-90 bridge was never tolled, not when first opened in 1940, not when its companion bridge opened in 1963 and not when the new I-90 opened in the early 1990s.

  • Feb 24, 2009

Know where your lunch comes from

A quick stroll past the meat counter of a popular megastore Sunday afternoon prompted thoughts of Piggy Sue and others.

No new bridges and no tolls

When the ribbon was snipped on a new floating bridge connecting Montlake to the eastside in 1963, a toll was collected to pay for its construction. It ranged over time from 25 to 35 cents and was lifted in 1979 when the bridge was paid off ahead of schedule. The I-90 bridge was never tolled, not when first opened in 1940, not when its companion bridge opened in 1963 and not when the new I-90 opened in the early 1990s.

Coal is a big part of our future in Washington

There’s a move afoot in the United States to eliminate coal as a source of energy. Opponents prefer cleaner renewable energy, but coal provides more than half of our nation’s electricity and will for at least the next 20 years. There won’t be enough alternative energy for decades — if ever — to replace it.

It’s tricky business trying to go high-def

Say hey! I have a new high definition TV!

  • Feb 23, 2009

Mom puts a face, hers, on Facebook

I love to surprise my kids.

  • Feb 17, 2009

Pop some corn, settle in for a date with Oscar

Well, gang, after considerable promotion and the usual display of Vera Wang evening attire worn by a long parade of emotional retards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes are finally behind us and – if you can muster any further suspense and interest in the movies and the superstars who make them – we can prepare yet another bowl of popcorn and settle back to watch the most prestigious crapshoot of the bunch, the Oscars.

  • Feb 17, 2009

Debating talk radio’s tilt to the right

Let’s start where everyone agrees. There are far more conservative voices on the radio than liberal voices. Most people digest this morsel of information with a shoulder shrug. There are, after all, more than 30 other stations on the dial, along with hundreds of choices on satellite radio, and of course limitless options for what you play on your iPod or the CD player in your car.

  • Feb 16, 2009

Radio choice belongs to listeners

Let’s start where everyone agrees. There are far more conservative voices on the radio than liberal voices. Most people digest this morsel of information with a shoulder shrug.

DNA stops criminals from further harm

It’s the nightmare of every mother and father: your child is missing, then found murdered.