Opinion

The future simply borrows from the past

“History is always unfinished in the sense that the future always uses the past in new ways.” This quote from Peter Gay’s 1974 book, “Style… Continue reading

 

Five stars, best books and King County Libraries’ commitment to intellectual freedom

Library Journal recently announced its 2018 Star Libraries as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Services. The King County Library System (KCLS)… Continue reading

 

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace? That’s the question I asked my high school Civics and Government students recently.… Continue reading

 

State revenue is unprecedented, but it’s still not enough

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms and other Capitol hangouts as it is the amount… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2018

The Black Diamond community is a very giving place

The time of year is the time to give The holidays are here and with that special time comes hardships for many seniors and families… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Your vote may already be cast and counted in this year’s election. Your wallet, however, contains another valuable “vote” this holiday season: where you spend… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2018

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading

Trump helped erase voter complacency

The Nov. 6 midterms set a record number for voters: An estimated 113 million came out to the polls, or 49 percent of those eligible… Continue reading

Midterm winners and losers

A surge in voter interest, a swell in the ranks of Democratic state lawmakers and a spendy bunch of contests marked the 2018 election. As… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

By the time you read this, you will either be in celebration or in mourning. You will have found out the results of the midterm… Continue reading

Thank you for another successful book sale

The Maple Valley Library Guild wishes to thank the community for its support during our October book and media sale. This sale could not occur… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2018

Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes

As a youth in my late teens, I joined a strict religious cult and spent seven years of my life deeply involved in it. The… Continue reading

KCLS aids citizen engagement during elections, year-round

The first Tuesday in November is Election Day—a consequential day for our democracy when citizens have a voice in determining the outcome of issues that… Continue reading

I’m voting for Bill Ramos this election

I have been following the race for the 5th Legislative District since before the primaries and noticed the ad placed by Chad Magendanz in the… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

The book gave me a deeper understanding of President Trump and his unique style of leadership.

I fully support Sen. Joe Fain, he deserves your vote

Sen. Joe Fain has been and continues to be an active member of our community. During his tenure, he has worked tirelessly to address the… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2018

Great Support Keeps the Black Diamond Community Center Going Strong

The Black Diamond Community Center’s 27th annual fundraising Dinner Auction, held Oct. 6, was a great success. All money made from this event, almost $37,000… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2018

Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes

Writing the next state budget is going to be a taxing experience. Figuratively and actually. That’s the distinct impression Gov. Jay Inslee left in a… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

I-1631 raises the gas tax, a lot

Misleadingly titled the “Carbon Emissions Fee Measure,” Initiative 1631 will actually eventually cost taxpayers in Washington state nearly $1,000 extra per year. According to the… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2018

False rape allegations are not the problem to address

Our president said it’s a very scary time to be a man in America right now. Boy, I’m glad he told us — I wouldn’t… Continue reading