After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa…

  • Sep 15th, 2017


Western Washington strategy ousted Sheriff Joe

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready…

  • Sep 14th, 2017


‘Dreamers’ face an uncertain future

As we begin the new school year, I am reminded of the…

  • Sep 13th, 2017


Why would anyone want to be president?

How easy is it for you to make a decision? What if…

  • Sep 8th, 2017

Resisting the ‘alt-right’ rise

Before we even get into this, I need to say that I…

Devoted to lifelong learning

Most of us who love libraries share a simple philosophy: Never stop…

  • Aug 31st, 2017

Without coal mining, there would be no Black Diamond

Why is the town of Black Diamond called Black Diamond? Black Diamond’s…

Confederate statues: the many meanings and reasons

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues…

Welcome to the law of unintended consequences

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused…

  • Aug 17th, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying…

Trump presidency, an ongoing civics lesson

I love Donald Trump’s presidency! Trump’s actions and tweets and comments have…

  • Aug 10th, 2017

Voters will tell lawmakers what they think of tax hikes

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing…

  • Aug 9th, 2017

Quit getting distracted dummy

Distracted driving is the hot topic now with the law taking affect…

Trouble is, our leaders act like spoiled children

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are…

  • Aug 3rd, 2017

Many things can distract a driver

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s…

  • Aug 2nd, 2017

Young workers face a challenging, uncertain future

“There won’t be any Social Security by the time I retire!” These…

  • Jul 27th, 2017

No capital budget as sides battle water issue

July 19 arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

We’re defined by character not resumés

We have really two personas. One persona is characterized by what David…

  • Jul 20th, 2017

Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST OP

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties…

  • Jul 19th, 2017

City Council investing in the future

When the city’s second attempt to pass a park bond measure did…

  • Jul 14th, 2017

Babble, babble boil and bomb

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class…

As a nation, we live in a time of distraction

Zeitgeist is the German word for the spirit of the times. There…

The budget puzzle has snapped

One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place…

  • Jul 6th, 2017

The town formerly known as Slaughter

How would you like to live in a town called Slaughter? For…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

Legislators still twisting and turning

Any day now, Washington state lawmakers will reveal how they solved the…

  • Jun 29th, 2017

My goal is to get people thinking

During my training as the political action person for the Sumner Education…

  • Jun 28th, 2017

Good news from Washington’s Boatyards

We can all use a dose of good news these days and…

  • Jun 26th, 2017

Lessons covering city council

On Mondays, you’ll likely find me sitting in the back row of…

It is often easier to manage our own realities

We humans often find it difficult to face reality. Many of us…

  • Jun 21st, 2017

Whoever-ponies-up-the-most-cash field | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of June 16, 2017.

  • Jun 16th, 2017

Teachers union concerned about McCleary

Teachers are gravely concerned that what is getting hammered out behind closed…

  • Jun 15th, 2017

Hidden in plain sight

The answer to my problem was hidden in plain sight.

  • Jun 14th, 2017

Preparing students for the future

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest, and that means graduations are…

  • Jun 9th, 2017

Waiting is the hardest part | Our Corner

Editor’s note: Bailey Jo Josie interned at the Courier-Herald for several months…

Trump might spur greater democracy

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

  • Jun 1st, 2017

Talks turn to closing the state government

The process of shutting down state government is under way, again.

  • May 31st, 2017

Forest landowners prove cooperation works

Washington state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recognized large forest landowners

  • May 28th, 2017

Being on the rough waters of Trump presidency

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” —Warren Buffet

  • May 25th, 2017

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car tab fees

By Jerry Cornfield It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing…

  • May 24th, 2017

How to stress less in the face of political uncertainty

The political climate we are all facing is intense to say the least

  • May 22nd, 2017