Opinion

Culture, politics shape race relations

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

Grateful for eight months at head of county library system

What a busy and eventful year this has been. As I write my last column as interim director, it is a great time to reflect… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Inslee dealt a clean-air defeat

Twenty-seven months ago Gov. Jay Inslee set out to curb emission of carbon pollutants through a sweeping rewrite of the state’s clean air rules. Two… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2017

Counties gear up for fight with state

Elected leaders of Washington’s 39 counties are fed up with lawmakers and governors telling them what to do without providing enough money to do it.… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2017

Fake news or bad reporting?

This has not been a good month for reporting. But one wrong fact does not fake news make.

Political turmoil can make nations stronger

Finish this sentence: “What doesn’t kill you___________.” This is how I introduced my recent continuing education class entitled, “President Trump a Year Later.” Of course,… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

U.S., Russia agree on Middle East situation

Since Russia helped Syria’s Bashar al-Assad stay in power and helped to defeat ISIS, are Russia and the U.S. at odds in the Middle East?… Continue reading

  • Dec 14, 2017

Donald Trump supporters’ attitude still the same

“Support Trump? Sure,” she said. “I like him.” These words by Pam Shilling from Trump Country western Pennsylvania reflect what many Trump supporters are thinking… Continue reading

  • Dec 7, 2017

Firearms to change at state Capitol

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017

King County Library best books of 2017

And the envelope, please… Continuing an end-of-year tradition that dates back more than 15 years, the King County Library System has chosen its Best Books… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2017

Seek a sense of security, purpose in our lives

Are we seeing history repeat itself? Thousands of years ago, the Greeks and the Romans worshipped a pantheon of gods: Jupiter, Juno, Venus, Mercury, Artemis… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017

Trickle-down equation may not add up

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not every one, or nearly every… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2017

North neighbors keep close eye U.S.

How much do you know about Canada? If you’re like most Americans, not much.

  • Nov 22, 2017

To my sea sisters and families of veterans

As my Navy recruiter waited in his car with the engine running at the top of our driveway, I stood with my parents on the… Continue reading

A monster of our own making

Another day, another mass shooting. I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do… Continue reading

Vote Val Paganelli to the Tahoma School Board | Letter to the Editor

As a long time Maple Valley resident, of more than 20 years, I have never felt inclined to throw my support behind a political candidate.… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2017

Paganelli best candidate for Tahoma School Board | Letter to the Editor

I met Val Paganelli this summer through the Greater Maple Valley Networking Association, a local business networking group. I was immediately impressed with her honesty,… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2017

Vote Paganelli for Tahoma School Board | Letter to the Editor

I know Val Paganelli professionally and personally. What impresses me about Val is her horsepower to manage being dedicated to her family and community, is… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2017

Cast vote for Paul Selland | Letter to the Editor

Given recent confusion about candidate Paul Selland’s assertions regarding a B&O tax and other matters, Covington voters deserve clarification. I have known Paul Selland for… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2017

Harjehausen top choice for Covington City Council | Letter to the Editor

I am sending this in recommendation for Jennifer Harjehausen as she pursues her goal of becoming a board member of the Covington City Council. I… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2017