Opinion

Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery

There is no political vaccine for the opioid epidemic, no swift legislative means to free thousands of people of the weight of their substance abuse.… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019

 

Kennedy and Johnson, America’s “best and brightest”

The year was 1975. I had just received my master’s in history from Pepperdine University in Central L.A. I had also just left the religious… Continue reading

 

Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

To facilitate fact-based discussion about Lakeside Industries’ application to relocate its Covington asphalt facility to the Industrial-zoned site on state Route 169, I would like… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2019

 

Lies during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lied about Soviet missile strength to win the 1960 election. This is the assertion that George Friedman makes in his… Continue reading

Libraries stand as entrepreneurial hubs

Key measures of a healthy economy include, among other things, new businesses that create jobs and attract skilled workers. And while community leaders count on… Continue reading

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

Microsoft has started the regional dialogue, but will cities rise to the challenge?

Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

“By all accounts, the United States and the Afghan Taliban are on track to reach a deal by year’s end.” These are the beginning words… Continue reading

Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for one of the most challenging conversations this session: taxes. With control of the state House and Senate, their… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2019

Examining your child’s personality types

What is your child’s personality type? Jared Peterson recently wrote a best seller, “12 Rules for Your Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Rule 5 deals… Continue reading

Legislators explore car tab solutions

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

Your South King County legislators in action

Democrats must be careful to not overplay their hand in Olympia

  • Feb 15, 2019

Equality versus freedom

What is more important to you: Freedom or equality? If you’re a Democrat today, equality is more important. If you’re a Republican, it’s freedom. It… Continue reading

Not opposed to asphalt plants, just to the proposed location on SR 169

Location all wrong for plants I am writing to you to express my opposition of the Lakeside Industries asphalt plant being relocated to the old… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

We will survive this era, just as we made it through the ’50s

Some of you remember the 1950s. The majority of the U.S. population does not. They weren’t born yet. For some, the most vivid memory of… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

Student debt draining retired income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal… Continue reading

For the good of us all, our leaders need to act like adults

“Only by pride comes contention”(Proverbs 13:10). Been reading the media/watching the news recently? I have. From the federal government shutdown standoff to the clashes of… Continue reading

Why public libraries matter more than ever in the Information Age

Occasionally, someone unfamiliar with King County Library System will say to me “Why do we need libraries when we have the internet?” I actually love… Continue reading

State Republicans face uphill battle if tied to Trump

“In two years, the GOP in King County has lost four Senate seats, five state House seats and a congressional seat, the 8th” (Danny Westneat,… Continue reading

State of the State offers a peek of a President Inslee

“Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 15. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019

Recognizing types of propaganda techniques makes them less effective

Propaganda: “The spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause or a person.” We live in… Continue reading