Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist

Washington public school teachers are ready to reap financial rewards from their long battle to increase state funding for education. Union leaders are making no… Continue reading

  • Apr 18, 2018

Vote no on Prop. No. 1 for RFA | Letter to the Editor

We have all received a special election ballot in our mailboxes asking us to approve Proposition No. 1. Several years ago when this new, expensive,… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

Why should someone like me vote for a school levy? | Letter to the Editor

I pay a lot of property taxes that benefit Tahoma School District but I no longer have any kids attending school, nor do I have… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

Plan with the end in mind

“Plan with the end in mind” was one of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I found his adage true when I taught… Continue reading

Help urge Congress to pass needed funds | Letter to the Editor

The statistics keep getting worse — the 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report published by the Alzheimer’s Association reveals that, for the second consecutive… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2018

It’s important to educate ourselves on upcoming Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

I am writing this letter as a father of two children attending school in the Tahoma School District and as a business owner in Maple… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2018

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

What’s more important to the success of a government — short-term thinking or long-term thinking? Why are terms of service for the House of Representatives… Continue reading

Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Is the end truly near in the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary? Democratic state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self thinks so. “I’m pleased to report the… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2018

To avoid repeating history, Tahoma gets our yes vote

We moved to Maple Valley in the mid 1970s because of an opportunity presented to Bill with Standard Oil, not for the schools. We quickly… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

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