Opinion

Husky win just one prediction

Would anyone have predicted last January that the stock market would plunge from 13,000 to 8,500 by year’s end? That the Huskies would be the only major college football team to not win a game? That John McCain would be the Republican nominee for president, that his running mate would be the almost unknown governor of Alaska and that Barack Obama would be president? That more Americans would die violently in Chicago than in all of Iraq in 2008? That Washington Mutual, once as mighty a local institution as Safeco and Weyerhaeuser, would crash and burn and be picked up for pennies on the dollar by Chase?

New fire station is first step to annexation questions others’ facts

The citizens of Auburn may not be aware, but there will soon be built a $6 million Taj Mahal fire station to be located on the most southeasterly border of the city. This station is supposedly being built to service the Lakeland homes area. Are there really that many calls in the Lakeland area to warrant this type of expense? Prior to planning this station the Valley Regional Fire Authority could have used East Pierce Fire and Rescue to help with calls to the area and reduce response times.

Family diners feature full plates of fun

I asked a neighbor of mine what he did for Christmas last week. “We went out to eat at a fancy restaurant,” he said. “That Denny’s is a real nice place.”

Family diners feature full plates of fun | Pat Cashman

I asked a neighbor of mine what he did for Christmas last week. “We went out to eat at a fancy restaurant,” he said. “That Denny’s is a real nice place.”

The winners who lost in 2009

At year’s end, an intriguing political irony has emerged. The Democrats won the national and local elections, but liberalism appears to have lost. Let’s start in the other Washington.

The winners who lost in 2009

At year’s end, an intriguing political irony has emerged. The Democrats won the national and local elections, but liberalism appears to have lost. Let’s start in the other Washington.

Holiday season, so it’s time for a rhyme

T’was the day before Christmas

  • Dec 23, 2008

Were the ladies leaping, lords milking?

On a very late night recently in downtown Seattle, I saw a scene unfolding that looked like big trouble. Farther down the sidewalk from me, two shadowy figures stood on a street corner, shouting back and forth, nose to nose. As I came closer, the argument grew louder and more heated. I started to consider an alternate route, because while the dispute seemed to be worsening, there was no one else stirring, not even a cop.

Were the ladies leaping, lords milking? | Pat Cashman

On a very late night recently in downtown Seattle, I saw a scene unfolding that looked like big trouble. Farther down the sidewalk from me, two shadowy figures stood on a street corner, shouting back and forth, nose to nose. As I came closer, the argument grew louder and more heated. I started to consider an alternate route, because while the dispute seemed to be worsening, there was no one else stirring, not even a cop.

Stories behind Christmas classics

Santa. Christmas Trees. Wreaths. Presents. Egg nog. A crackling fireplace.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Remembering the holiday table

The older I get, the more time I spend remembering Christmas past. According to my two wonderful children, I must be very old because all I remember of Christmas past is what I ate.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Remembering the holiday table

The older I get, the more time I spend remembering Christmas past. According to my two wonderful children, I must be very old because all I remember of Christmas past is what I ate.

Christmas spirit alive and well in Sumner

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. While that line is from one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, I have to admit that in some ways it’s putting a real damper on my festive holiday mood. I’ve always said it would be swell if snow didn’t stick on the roads.

Stories behind Christmas classics

Santa. Christmas Trees. Wreaths. Presents. Egg nog. A crackling fireplace.

Remembering the holiday table

The older I get, the more time I spend remembering Christmas past. According to my two wonderful children, I must be very old because all I remember of Christmas past is what I ate.

Christmas spirit alive and well in Sumner

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. While that line is from one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, I have to admit that in some ways it’s putting a real damper on my festive holiday mood. I’ve always said it would be swell if snow didn’t stick on the roads.

Stories behind Christmas classics

Santa. Christmas Trees. Wreaths. Presents. Egg nog. A crackling fireplace.

It’s a joyous season despite tough times

Well, here we are again, forsaking the routine, workaday world to slip joyfully into romance. Bring on the hectic shopping sprees, gaudy tinsel and the multi-colored, twinkling flash of Southcenter, downtown Seattle, and living-room Christmas trees. We’ll stroll once more down Santa Claus Lane and through the dainty lights along Fifth Avenue.

  • Dec 16, 2008

Bumper stickers tout accomplishment | Pat Cashman

Last year, after one of this area’s odd and paralyzing snowstorms, I watched a very dumb guy in a very fancy SUV suddenly whip around the traffic in front of him and barrel at breakneck speed up an icy hill. The icy hill came out the victor, as icy hills are known to do.

No need to travel for great sports

Maybe it is the amount of caffeine consumed by folks here in the Northwest that fuels our storied overachiever status, but don’t we expect the same from our pro, college and high school athletes?

  • Dec 16, 2008