Opinion

Washington State Department of Ecology

State joins Plastics Pact 2025, committing to fight plastic pollution

The pact aims to make 100 percent of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

  • Jul 9, 2021
Washington State Department of Ecology
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Looking at why BLM is considered evil in conservative circles

Those who see the BLM movement as evil are often the same ones who supported the Jan. 6 insurrection

  • Jul 7, 2021
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
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Avoiding the worst fate for America

Investing in American education, innovation and infrastructure will help us avoid a dark future

  • Jul 6, 2021
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The face of downtown Buckley was shaped by two fires that resulted in most buildings featuring brick construction. The fires also are one reason that Buckley didn't grow as rapidly as neighboring Enumclaw.

Buckley was once larger than Enumclaw. There are three reasons why that is no longer true.

Reliance on logging and mining, as well as two fires in the 1890s, challenged Buckley’s growth

The face of downtown Buckley was shaped by two fires that resulted in most buildings featuring brick construction. The fires also are one reason that Buckley didn't grow as rapidly as neighboring Enumclaw.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Politics of homelessness have taken a nasty turn | Roegner

A common stereotype is that homeless people are all hooked on drugs — but sometimes a job loss, death in the family, rent increase or… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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Conspiracy theorists should consider careers in fiction writing

Count me as an amused moderate

  • Jul 2, 2021
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Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Editorial: Lifting restrictions doen’t mean pandemic is over

We have work to do to increase the number of vaccinations.

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
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Correcting the record on police shootings

Frequent letter writer should cite his sources before making big claims

  • Jul 1, 2021
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Cannon should back up his arguments

David Cannon seems to be auditioning for Tucker Carlson’s job

  • Jun 30, 2021
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Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Understanding Palestine and Israel | In Focus |

History, faith and politics intertwine in this century-old dispute

  • Jun 29, 2021
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
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Critical race theory inflames rather than solves racism

Americans must stop dividing themselves up by race

  • Jun 29, 2021
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Races for Congress will include a few twists | Roegner

A few weeks ago, we looked at local races for King County government, along with cities, school boards and special purpose districts for 2021. Candidates… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, “All Things Mount Rainier”

Exploring Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail | All Things Mount Rainier |

93 miles of beauty, opportunity and challenge await

  • Jun 24, 2021
Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, “All Things Mount Rainier”
Rich Elfers

Narratives in politics | In Focus |

We need the ability to discern – and it’s a skill sadly lacking these days

  • Jun 23, 2021
Rich Elfers
Letters to the Editor

The dumbing down of America

Carl Sagan warned of the conditions we now face

  • Jun 22, 2021
Letters to the Editor
Julie Reece-Demarco, "Finding Kind"

Man’s best friend isn’t always who you expect | Finding Kind |

How my father learned to accept our furry one

Julie Reece-Demarco, "Finding Kind"
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough | Roegner

The violence must stop. And our elected officials have the ability to stop it.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Letters to the Editor

I write to set the record straight

Just the facts, please

  • Jun 17, 2021
Letters to the Editor
Rich Elfers

Ground hornets and seeing the bigger picture | In Focus |

We need to accurately perceive our political opponents and the problems we all face

Rich Elfers
Jesse Franklin is board president of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and an attorney at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC.
Jesse Franklin is board president of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and an attorney at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC.