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

Sometimes an answer is very simple

Gag on, gag off. Gag on, gag off.

Change coming quickly, but will we like it?

President Trump is in the midst of seeking to fulfill his campaign promises as quickly as possible.

  • Feb 2nd, 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

Talking Trump one issue at a time

In his first week, President Donald Trump is effecting quite a bit of change

  • Feb 2nd, 2017

Bond deserves a second look

Last year the City of Maple Valley had a bond measure on the ballot

  • Jan 29th, 2017

School board unanimously endorses bond measure

I want to share with our community a decision to endorse the Maple Valley parks and recreation bond

  • Jan 28th, 2017

Little elbow room for Democratic lawmakers

As many as 54 Democratic House members are saying they’ll skip the ceremonial passing-of-the-nuclear codes

  • Jan 26th, 2017

Once gone, trust is difficult to build

How important is trust to you?

  • Jan 25th, 2017

Eagles, Pythians, Bell Angels and Fire District 44 Union 3186 adopt families to make a huge difference

November and December 2016 found many families in peril

  • Jan 21st, 2017

Maple Valley City Council thanks Councilwoman Linda Johnson

On behalf of Maple Valley City Council, I extend our appreciation to Councilor Linda Johnson

  • Jan 20th, 2017

New session, same problem with school funding

There are only 90-plus days remaining in the regular session

  • Jan 20th, 2017

Trump will be frustrated by limitation on power

The Supreme Court is not the only branch with the power to interpret the Constitution

  • Jan 19th, 2017

Buzzfeed clearly made wrong call

The bad apple spoils the bunch

Changing your purpose in life

Some people search for their purpose in life for a long time.…

Ray Conner leaves our region a better place

CEO Ray Conner recently announced his decision to retire at the end of next year

  • Jan 14th, 2017

Living with pets, learning about ourselves

What do dogs and cats tell us about ourselves?

  • Jan 13th, 2017

The best books of 2016

Public libraries play an integral part in meeting the needs of communities today

  • Jan 12th, 2017

Final report issued, but future still cloudy

Contentious investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood quietly concluded last week

  • Jan 12th, 2017

Washington fulfills election expectations

This wasn’t a very good year for many of the nation’s venerable pollsters and pundits as they got trumped by fake news and fiery tweets.

  • Jan 4th, 2017

Do you live in the past, present or future?

I put off pleasure in the present because I hoped to enjoy it in the indefinite future

Incoming president’s strength is his unpredictable nature

Trump makes people uncomfortable. It’s what he does best, in fact.

  • Dec 30th, 2016

Battle brewing for Democrat leadership

A fierce fight is under way for the top leadership post of the Washington state Democratic Party.

  • Dec 30th, 2016

Mayor is the real problem in Black Diamond

Recently Yarrow Bay/Oak Pointe spent money on a favor for the Mayor to file a lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, which she was glad about. Since when does a mayor welcome a lawsuit against her own city?

  • Dec 30th, 2016

No doubt, we live in interesting times

Have you noticed that since the Nov. 8 election, we have experienced suddenly shifting paradigms?

  • Dec 26th, 2016

Pause for the Cause | Watts Happening

I am reminded how precious are the lives of each young person and each family we serve.

  • Dec 23rd, 2016

Thank you, police officers | Letter to the Editor

This week I decided to go to a local coffee shop and give the establishment money to buy coffee for any police officers who might show up that day.

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Facing our fears: Time to come together to build each other up | Reporter’s Notebook

Well, the results are in and much to many people’s surprise, Donald…

Salvation Army really does make a difference | Thank You

The holidays are here, even if we are not ready for them. A familiar sight will be the Salvation Army bell ringers at various locations around our community.

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

Trump has country on a precarious ledge | Letter to the Editor

There will be some who will criticize and/or be annoyed by these views because they are worn out by the politics. They will say that it is too divisive to put political views out there.

  • Nov 18th, 2016

Electoral College worked as designed | Our Corner

I did not vote for President-elect Donald Trump.

Silent majority fed up with corruption | Letter to the Editor

I think the post-election analysis is very telling: apparently the “Silent Majority” in America had finally had enough and Trump (granted not the best solution) managed to get them riled up enough to stand up and start to roar.

  • Nov 17th, 2016