Many things can distract a driver

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2017

Young workers face a challenging, uncertain future

“There won’t be any Social Security by the time I retire!” These were the words of my 38-year-old daughter. That is probably a commonly held… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2017

No capital budget as sides battle water issue

July 19 arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the evening… Continue reading

  • Jul 26, 2017

We’re defined by character not resumés

We have really two personas. One persona is characterized by what David Brooks in his book, “The Road to Character,” called the resume’ part of… Continue reading

  • Jul 20, 2017

Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST OP

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties will go into effect in Washington state. What will it mean for you… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2017

City Council investing in the future

When the city’s second attempt to pass a park bond measure did not receive 60 percent approval in February 2017, the City Council directed the… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2017

Babble, babble boil and bomb

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class in seventh grade, I have been taken by the puzzle of how people… Continue reading

As a nation, we live in a time of distraction

Zeitgeist is the German word for the spirit of the times. There is usually at least one zeitgeist found in every age. It is the… Continue reading

The budget puzzle has snapped

One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place Tuesday, sealed in Republican support for funding new state worker contracts. It came… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017

The town formerly known as Slaughter

How would you like to live in a town called Slaughter? For a brief time the city of Auburn had that name. Lieutenant William A.… Continue reading

  • Jul 5, 2017

Legislators still twisting and turning

Any day now, Washington state lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican legislators have spent months twisting and turning… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2017

My goal is to get people thinking

During my training as the political action person for the Sumner Education Association, we were told teachers make lousy legislators because they try to be… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2017

Good news from Washington’s Boatyards

We can all use a dose of good news these days and there is some flowing from our state’s boatyards. When we think of maritime… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2017

Lessons covering city council

On Mondays, you’ll likely find me sitting in the back row of a council chambers, listening to a city council discuss local politics. I listen… Continue reading

It is often easier to manage our own realities

We humans often find it difficult to face reality. Many of us have created adaptive ways to avoid what is uncomfortable. Eventually, the power of… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2017

Whoever-ponies-up-the-most-cash field | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of June 16, 2017.

  • Jun 16, 2017

Teachers union concerned about McCleary

Teachers are gravely concerned that what is getting hammered out behind closed doors in the legislature will seek to amply fund the public school system,… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2017

Hidden in plain sight

The answer to my problem was hidden in plain sight.

  • Jun 14, 2017

Preparing students for the future

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest, and that means graduations are just around the corner. This year, the Kent School District will see more… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 2017

Waiting is the hardest part | Our Corner

Editor’s note: Bailey Jo Josie interned at the Courier-Herald for several months as part of her graduation requirement at Western Washington University. At the beginning… Continue reading