Richard Elfers

Crucial element to good governments

What makes good government? What makes bad government? We all have experienced both types, and some in-between. Good government can make life a lot easier… Continue reading

 

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

Have you noticed all the building going on in Enumclaw? If you’ve driven down Semanski Street north of the high school or if you’ve been… Continue reading

 

Our country, post-Mueller report

It was to my great relief that the Mueller report did not find any evidence of collusion between the Russians and the 2016 Trump campaign.… Continue reading

 

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Recently I took a group of senior citizens to tour the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. It was impressive to see not only the botanical… Continue reading

Political parties often bring trouble

Political parties “are likely, in the course of things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert… Continue reading

Kennedy and Johnson, America’s “best and brightest”

The year was 1975. I had just received my master’s in history from Pepperdine University in Central L.A. I had also just left the religious… Continue reading

Lies during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lied about Soviet missile strength to win the 1960 election. This is the assertion that George Friedman makes in his… Continue reading

Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

“By all accounts, the United States and the Afghan Taliban are on track to reach a deal by year’s end.” These are the beginning words… Continue reading

Examining your child’s personality types

What is your child’s personality type? Jared Peterson recently wrote a best seller, “12 Rules for Your Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Rule 5 deals… Continue reading

Equality versus freedom

What is more important to you: Freedom or equality? If you’re a Democrat today, equality is more important. If you’re a Republican, it’s freedom. It… Continue reading

For the good of us all, our leaders need to act like adults

“Only by pride comes contention”(Proverbs 13:10). Been reading the media/watching the news recently? I have. From the federal government shutdown standoff to the clashes of… Continue reading

State Republicans face uphill battle if tied to Trump

“In two years, the GOP in King County has lost four Senate seats, five state House seats and a congressional seat, the 8th” (Danny Westneat,… Continue reading

Recognizing types of propaganda techniques makes them less effective

Propaganda: “The spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause or a person.” We live in… Continue reading

Think twice about what you’re putting in your body

Three big lies have been exposed. These lies have deeply affected our health and our lives. One big lie is that opioids are harmless. The… Continue reading

Democrats hold upper hand on shutdown

The partial government shutdown started on Friday, Dec. 21 at midnight. The issue is over money to build a border wall between the U.S. and… Continue reading

Hoping for middle ground with regards to immigration issue

What if the Trump administration were able to deport all the 11 million or so illegal immigrants in this country? What would be the effects?… Continue reading

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

“There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money. I can’t remember what the second is” (Mark Hanna 1898). “The term… Continue reading

The future simply borrows from the past

“History is always unfinished in the sense that the future always uses the past in new ways.” This quote from Peter Gay’s 1974 book, “Style… Continue reading

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace? That’s the question I asked my high school Civics and Government students recently.… Continue reading

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading