Opinion

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

The fall of Afghanistan

As Americans, we too often punish political courage and reward incompetence.

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
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What you get for electing Democrats

Actions have consequences

  • Aug 24, 2021
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Carol Spell, "Education, Appreciation and Action"

A reason for hope | Education, Appreciation and Action

Whether in Minnesota or Washington, you can’t thrive without it.

  • Aug 24, 2021
Carol Spell, "Education, Appreciation and Action"
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Worried about pollution? Check the litter box

Inslee and the Democrats should pay attention to one of the biggest poo-lluters around

  • Aug 23, 2021
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told a crowd in Port Angeles he would like to see school districts have the ability to increase their local levies. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Message from state superintendent regarding school employee vaccinations

After a year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, my top priorities as our school buildings reopen for full-time in-person learning are providing… Continue reading

  • Aug 21, 2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told a crowd in Port Angeles he would like to see school districts have the ability to increase their local levies. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)
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Thank for welcoming your veterans home

The community’s support led to a lot of healing for a lot of veterans.

  • Aug 20, 2021
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Health Through Housing needs more local leadership | Roegner

How two South King County cities are addressing the program.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
A Sept. 10, 2020, satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)

Editorial: The UN climate report, ‘The Lorax’ and us

The report and the Dr. Seuss classic offer a dire warning — and hope — for responding to climate change.

A Sept. 10, 2020, satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)
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Biden’s report card so far

No administration is perfect, but this one is on the right path so far.

  • Aug 19, 2021
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David Cannon, “The Right Stuff”

Saving the best for last | The Right Stuff

This is my road to Enumclaw.

  • Aug 19, 2021
David Cannon, “The Right Stuff”
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

Trust | In Focus

How do we rebuild trust in this country after everything we’ve been through?

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
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Thanks, mom and dad, for vaccinating me

For generations, Americans have saved lives through vaccination. I hope we don’t stop now.

  • Aug 18, 2021
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Maria Gulchuk, a teacher in Federal Way, chats with her students via Zoom during online class on in 2020. File photo

Technology and the post-pandemic restructuring of education | Guest column

As Simon Jenkins notes in an op-ed piece in The Guardian, “Great institutions traditionally need traumas — wars or pandemics — to force them to… Continue reading

  • Aug 14, 2021
Maria Gulchuk, a teacher in Federal Way, chats with her students via Zoom during online class on in 2020. File photo
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Look forward to an exciting November election | Roegner

King County Executive Dow Constantine was expected to win the August primary, and his likely goal was to break 50%, which makes it hard for… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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Perplexed by price

Perplexed by price I have been a subscriber to The Seattle Times since the daily paper cost 50 cents and the Sunday was 75. The… Continue reading

  • Aug 13, 2021
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Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

It’s time to rethink Washington’s long-term care law | Brunell

Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services… Continue reading

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

When one changes, all must change

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will force all other actors to shift positions, too.

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, “All Things Mount Rainier”

More Ways to Explore Mount Rainier National Park | All Things Mount Rainier |

There are many, many ways to enjoy the mountain. Here are a few.

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, “All Things Mount Rainier”
Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Person in The Room”
 Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Person in The Room”

Where the rubber meets the road | Smartest Person in The Room

Editor’s note: Dan Shannon is the second of a new crop of columnists writing for the Courier-Herald on a monthly basis for the next year… Continue reading

  • Aug 10, 2021
Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Person in The Room”
 Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Person in The Room”
Dr. Bob Baugher is a professor in the Department of Psychology Highline College. Contact BBAUGHER@highline.edu. Contributed photo

Love and death: We don’t have forever, so we better do it now

By Dr. Bob Baugher, guest columnist

  • Aug 7, 2021
Dr. Bob Baugher is a professor in the Department of Psychology Highline College. Contact BBAUGHER@highline.edu. Contributed photo