Opinion

Concessions may be needed to enact carbon pricing

This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by making it more expensive to pollute.

  • Jan 18, 2018

 

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

What if you lived in Europe during the 16th century? Would you be a liberal or a conservative? Democracy as we know it today did… Continue reading

 

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

 

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Better luck this year, Eyman

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to get onto the ballot a measure that would reduce car tab fees and kneecap Sound Transit.

  • Jan 11, 2018

Culture, politics shape race relations

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

Grateful for eight months at head of county library system

What a busy and eventful year this has been. As I write my last column as interim director, it is a great time to reflect… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Inslee dealt a clean-air defeat

Twenty-seven months ago Gov. Jay Inslee set out to curb emission of carbon pollutants through a sweeping rewrite of the state’s clean air rules. Two… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2017

Counties gear up for fight with state

Elected leaders of Washington’s 39 counties are fed up with lawmakers and governors telling them what to do without providing enough money to do it.… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2017

Fake news or bad reporting?

This has not been a good month for reporting. But one wrong fact does not fake news make.

Political turmoil can make nations stronger

Finish this sentence: “What doesn’t kill you___________.” This is how I introduced my recent continuing education class entitled, “President Trump a Year Later.” Of course,… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

U.S., Russia agree on Middle East situation

Since Russia helped Syria’s Bashar al-Assad stay in power and helped to defeat ISIS, are Russia and the U.S. at odds in the Middle East?… Continue reading

  • Dec 14, 2017

Donald Trump supporters’ attitude still the same

“Support Trump? Sure,” she said. “I like him.” These words by Pam Shilling from Trump Country western Pennsylvania reflect what many Trump supporters are thinking… Continue reading

  • Dec 7, 2017

Firearms to change at state Capitol

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017

King County Library best books of 2017

And the envelope, please… Continuing an end-of-year tradition that dates back more than 15 years, the King County Library System has chosen its Best Books… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2017

Seek a sense of security, purpose in our lives

Are we seeing history repeat itself? Thousands of years ago, the Greeks and the Romans worshipped a pantheon of gods: Jupiter, Juno, Venus, Mercury, Artemis… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017

Trickle-down equation may not add up

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not every one, or nearly every… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2017

North neighbors keep close eye U.S.

How much do you know about Canada? If you’re like most Americans, not much.

  • Nov 22, 2017

To my sea sisters and families of veterans

As my Navy recruiter waited in his car with the engine running at the top of our driveway, I stood with my parents on the… Continue reading

A monster of our own making

Another day, another mass shooting. I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do… Continue reading