Opinion

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.

Drug czar can add ‘Shtick’ to his card

The title is spelled variously – sometimes czar, sometimes tsar and sometimes tzar. But always pronounced “zar.” And Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is in line to become one.

DNA testing would help police catch the guilty

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

  • Feb 10, 2009

Past five years have been a treat

The fat guy is writing his last Our Corner column for The Courier-Herald.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Either Washington or Lincoln a perfect pick

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Monday of each February (next Monday) as Presidents Day, proclaiming it a federal holiday. Ever since then, the states have honored that day in one way or another. Some states use the occasion to celebrate all our past presidents. A few states, at least officially, only pay homage to George Washington and no other commander in chief. But most states mark the day to honor both George and our 16th president, ol’ Abe Lincoln.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Plan to trim budget fat a strike out

In Olympia, everyone is trying to save money. Ideas that were unheard of a year ago are now getting serious consideration. And that’s good. Budget fat can build up anywhere, including nooks and crannies in “hands off” areas of state government, including education and the state prison system

  • Feb 10, 2009

Wedding is part of the wine walk fun

If you liked our scarecrows on Main Street for Autumn Evening, or the Norman Rockwell Living Art in our downtown storefront windows during Hometown Holidays last year, then you’re going to love Saturday’s original wedding show also created by Ascension Productions. Director/creator, Petra Karr has outdone herself putting together a hilarious wedding party cast for the Prosser Flyboy marries Sumner Sweetheart production that will be taking place during our annual Sweetheart Wine Walk on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 8 p.m.

Time to move on and offer thanks

The fat guy is writing his last Our Corner column for The Courier-Herald.

Don’t trim three-strikes law

In Olympia, everyone is trying to save money. Ideas that were unheard of a year ago are now getting serious consideration. And that’s good. Budget fat can build up anywhere, including nooks and crannies in “hands off” areas of state government, including education and the state prison system

Single-tasking works, until we forget

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching the DVD of “Titanic,” when she suddenly - WAIT A MINUTE! That was the beginning of my column last week in this paper. I forgot where I was going with this week’s column.

Federal stimulus proposal is flawed

Last week Starbucks announced it is selling its new $45 million corporate jet. With sales slumping and layoffs being planned, the company realizes that times have changed.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Crashed computer brings life to a halt

Al Bogdan taught me how to type on a manual, Royal typewriter in my Junior year of high school. In retrospect, that was probably the most important thing I learned in my three years at EHS.

  • Feb 3, 2009