The three personas of President Trump

“And will the real Donald Trump please stand up!” These famous words originated from the old game show, “To Tell the Truth,” which aired beginning… Continue reading

Attitudes change on farming non-native salmon

Not long ago, some of the loudest political voices railing against the danger of farming Atlantic salmon in the waters of Puget Sound came from… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

A welcoming message from the new director

As the new Director of the King County Library System, I am excited to relocate to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and am honored to be… Continue reading

Political soap opera won’t end until midterm elections

December 2017. The Republican-controlled Congress passed a major tax cut. January 20, 2018, exactly one year after Donald Trump became president, the Democrats, finally gaining… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Lakeside should be allowed to call Maple Valley home | Letter to the Editor

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jody Keeler. I am a proud team member of Lakeside Industries. Like many others, in 2008… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

Chamber board of directors in support of Tahoma levies | Letter to the Editor

The Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorses Tahoma School District’s levy measures on the Feb. 13 election ballot. The two replacement… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

Schools are our foundations, we support the Tahoma levies | Letter to the Editor

It is for sure not a secret that we are employed with the Tahoma School District, a truth of which we are exceptionally proud. This… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

Reasons to support Tahoma levies | Letter to the Editor

With the February election fast-approaching, I wanted to share some thoughts on why I believe voters should support the Tahoma School District’s upcoming levy requests.… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2018

Concern for common good is buried by greed

Imagine yourself as a staff writer for the New Yorker. In 2010, you write an in-depth piece, entitled “Covert Operations.” The article details the efforts… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2018

Concessions may be needed to enact carbon pricing

This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by making it more expensive to pollute.

  • Jan 18, 2018

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

What if you lived in Europe during the 16th century? Would you be a liberal or a conservative? Democracy as we know it today did… Continue reading

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Better luck this year, Eyman

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to get onto the ballot a measure that would reduce car tab fees and kneecap Sound Transit.

  • Jan 11, 2018

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