The Second Amendment in the 21st century

As I read about yet another school shooting, the 17th since the beginning of 2018, I’m reminded of the National Rifle Association’s reminder to the… Continue reading

False claims online ignite partisan spat

Sam Low, a Republican politician in Snohomish County, found himself entangled in a social media scuffle with a Democrat rival this past weekend, and he… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2018

Amendments have changed constitutional values

Do you know why we have the electoral college to vote for the president?

Why Republicans voted against a property tax cut

One of the bigger surprises of the just-completed legislative session occurred in the final hours when a Democrat-sponsored bill cutting the state property tax rate… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2018

Trump’s luck may be running out

Nowhere in the world has seen improvement as a result of Trump’s actions. Eventually, Trump’s luck will run out and the chickens will come home to roost.

Common ground found on prosecuting officers

To fully appreciate a peace accord reached last week on rewriting state law on the use of deadly force by police, consider the intensity of… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2018

April is too soon to run the levy again

It’s unfortunate that the Tahoma School Board (as usual) fails to comprehend why the recent levies were rejected by the voters, and decided to immediately… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2018

The fight for Black Diamond is won

I would like to thank that close band of citizens in Neighbor to Neighbor Black Diamond who came along side me in this fight and made it their own.

  • Mar 8, 2018

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good

Which is more important in government – protecting individual rights or working for the common good? When I ask my civics and government students that… Continue reading

Will these bills decide how you vote?

Here are a few other things lawmakers have done or may do before the session ends March 8.

  • Mar 7, 2018

2017: KCLS, a year in review

Every spring, King County Library System presents its annual report to the Board of Trustees. Our “Year in Review” is a compilation of stories, statistics,… Continue reading

Danger lurks when people have got nothing to lose

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ to left to lose.” These words from the song “Me and Bobby McGee,” penned by singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, epitomize… Continue reading

Dems, Reps want to lower property taxes

Last June, at the end of a gnarly session, lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee boosted the state’s portion of the rate by 30 percent to a flat $2.70 per $1,000 of assessed value. It marked the largest one-time rate increase in state history.

  • Feb 28, 2018

Black Diamond should move toward a seven-person council

The cost is almost nothing, as these are almost entirely volunteer positions, but the safeguards to our local citizens would be significant.

  • Feb 28, 2018

Maybe it’s time Congress takes back its power

Which of the three branches of government was intended to be the most powerful? You’ve got three choices: The presidency, the court or Congress. I’ll… Continue reading

Poking dead things with sticks

Geez, it’s dark down here. Oh, and small. They don’t mince words when they call it a “crawl space,” do they? Welp, OK. Let’s go… Continue reading

America is denying three hard truths

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.” — George R.R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones.” This quotation seems especially relevant today… Continue reading

Proposed asphalt plant shouldn’t come to rural area | Letter to the Editor

Proposed asphalt plant shouldn’t come to rural area The proposed asphalt facility is not being planned for the city of Maple Valley but rather it… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018

Climate Change in the Senate

There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority.

  • Feb 14, 2018

‘I urge you to reach out to our representatives’ | Letter to the Editor

‘I urge you to reach out to our representatives’ As the McCleary tax bills are coming out, voters are starting to realize what a terrible… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018