Opinion

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

Terrible Towel has terrific power

So you really didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, played a few short days ago in sleezy old Tampa Bay, Fla.? The strip club capitol of the universe? Well, I know a few people who did care about the tilt’s outcome. I know I did.

Sumner will host the Sweetheart Wine Walk

It’s February again and that means it’s time for our first annual downtown event, the Sumner Sweetheart Wine Walk. This year it falls right smack dab on Valentine’s Day so we’re hoping even more people will make Sumner their destination for a sweet holiday night out with friends and loved ones.

Stimulus plan is misdirected

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.

Don’t mess with Terrible Towels

So you really didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, played a few short days ago in sleezy old Tampa Bay, Fla.? The strip club capitol of the universe? Well, I know a few people who did care about the tilt’s outcome. I know I did.

Industries are moving to ‘green’ to stay in red

With lumber and paper markets depressed, forest industry leaders are shifting focus to the production of renewable, “green‚“ energy.

Gag rule wastes money, time

Editor’s note: John Carlson, who normally provides the column appearing here, is on vacation. His column will return next week. This week’s column is provided by Don Brunell, who heads the Association of Washington Business.

Legislature needs to promote jobs

Editor’s note: John Carlson, who normally provides the column appearing here, is on vacation. His column will return next week. This week’s column is provided by Don Brunell, who heads the Association of Washington Business.

  • Jan 28, 2009