The importance of understanding taxes

It’s that time of year again: property tax statements have recently come out from King County

  • Apr 24th, 2017


Distractive driving goes beyond the law

State lawmakers agreed our distractive driving laws need stiffening

  • Apr 24th, 2017


Implementing a hiring and spending freeze for 2016-2017

The Kent School District is well known for its being extraordinary

  • Apr 20th, 2017


A tiny little squiggle of ink

Ah the Oxford comma

  • Apr 21st, 2017

Major parties lack trust, competence

When sizing up someone, which trait is more important

  • Apr 19th, 2017

Entrepreneurs remain the key to America’s success

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great

  • Apr 15th, 2017

Rejigging real estate excise tax

House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the dividends they’ve been seeking

  • Apr 13th, 2017

If our leaders simply accepted blame

“The BUCK STOPS here” was a sign that sat on President Harry Truman’s desk

  • Apr 12th, 2017

Put a ring on it the way you want to

We are finally nearing the end of the logistical hell that is wedding planning.

  • Apr 6th, 2017

Trump fumbling early chance at success

“Trump identified the right problem too early,” according to “Geopolitical Futures” analyst George Friedman

  • Apr 5th, 2017

State carbon tax would be harmful

Olympia is working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn the so-called “carbon tax”

  • Apr 1st, 2017

The secret in the classroom revealed

Cellphones have become the talk of the town in Washington, D.C. with suspicion

To become smarter, challenge your beliefs

“If you don’t like the way we are bringing you up, find those who do better and copy them.”

  • Mar 29th, 2017

POG is Worth Another Look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget

  • Mar 26th, 2017

All students are welcome at the Kent School District | Watts Happening

I want you to know every student is welcome in the Kent School District

  • Mar 25th, 2017

Reader disagrees with Rich Elfers

I wholeheartedly disagree with the majority of the emotional piece Mr. Elfers wrote

  • Mar 24th, 2017

Public will have to halt the bickering

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling”

  • Mar 23rd, 2017

Alzheimer’s research must be funded to fight the disease

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence

  • Mar 23rd, 2017

A simple solution fell through

Everyone understands the problem. No one opposes the solution

  • Mar 22nd, 2017

POG is worth another look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget

  • Mar 18th, 2017

Our rights were assured by English battles

What if you witnessed the aftermath of a shooting of a black man by two white police officers in your yard?

  • Mar 16th, 2017

Policy-making or political posturing?

Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please

  • Mar 15th, 2017

Much needed change coming to Washington education

When it comes to reimagining our state’s public schools, we are at a pivotal moment

  • Mar 11th, 2017

Goal is to live, to love and to leave a legacy

From the age of 10, my life was chaotic

  • Mar 9th, 2017

Political drama in Tacoma courtroom

The next episode in sparked by President Donald Trump’s election took place in a Tacoma office

  • Mar 8th, 2017

State courts should protect private business owners

Barronelle Stutzman’s “relationship with Jesus Christ” doesn’t give her the freedom to turn down business

  • Mar 2nd, 2017

Ferguson hits road blocks in Olympia

A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington

  • Mar 1st, 2017

How much slack do we give a new president?

How much should they give to a president who has never served in government or the military

  • Feb 23rd, 2017

Debate will continue over school funding

New taxes are needed to helpcover the state’s unpaid tab for public schools

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

Black Diamond should pay for council member’s defense

The city is supposed to insure and indemnify and protect employees and officers

  • Feb 17th, 2017

Confirmation process needs adults

“The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring…”

  • Feb 17th, 2017

Olympia aiming to give a civics lesson

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision

  • Feb 16th, 2017

Vote Yes on Maple Valley Parks Bond to improve our neighborhoods

Voters have a choice this Valentine’s Day – and it’s not just whether to buy flowers or chocolates

  • Feb 13th, 2017

An outsider’s perspective

I was invited to write an op-ed about the Maple Valley parks bond vote taking place on Feb. 14

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Vote yes on Maple Valley park bond

Your parks ballot for has arrived- please join me and vote YES for parks in Maple Valley

  • Feb 9th, 2017

We’re expecting too much from our public schools

During the late 1940s and 1950s, Americans feared nuclear war

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Bipartisan plan to change cap on taxes

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments

  • Feb 8th, 2017

Thank you to everyone who helped during illness

I am still recovering from a combined attack of pneumonia and influenza

  • Feb 3rd, 2017

Parks overcrowded, vote yes on parks bond

Saturday mornings at Lake Wilderness Park are lovely and crowded from spring through the end of fall

  • Feb 2nd, 2017