Opinion

Living with Gleigh – Hoping to make it out with my clothes on

I’m not the type of person who “enjoys the journey” as much as I’m always grateful for making it out the other end. For instance,… Continue reading

 

Write it down, take a little note and then send it to the editor

The Reporter is looking for guest opinions

  • May 22, 2019

 

Nerds versus flies

I’ve always held that it would be better to fight 100 duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck. But after this last week, I’m no longer… Continue reading

 

A historic era ends, another begins

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited on Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2019

Readers are invited to discuss the future of the paper over coffee

Danielle Chastaine takes over as the new editor of the Renton / Covington-Maple Valley Reporter

Republican hardball trumps Democrat softball

If it was Barack Obama who had committed the same acts that Donald Trump has, what would the Republicans be doing?

WA Democrats didn’t run the entire table

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Thank Zenger, strong-willed jury for freedom of the press

What would this nation be like if we didn’t have a free press?

  • May 7, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

Each age has a spirit or attitude that dominates over and competes with other worldviews.

Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Governor’s absenteeism to campaign for president is a big help too.

  • May 1, 2019

Balancing individual rights and the common good

Which is more important, serving the common good of a society or protecting individual rights? This is a question I ask my Civics and Government… Continue reading

New rules in place regarding data privacy, facial recognition technology

One of the most intriguing dramas at this point in the legislative session revolves around a bill putting new rules in place regarding data privacy… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2019

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

Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

At nearly noon on April 1, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up beach chair in the chilly shade of the state Capitol dome with no… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019

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

Are sheriffs above the law?

Washington voters have spoken on I-1639. Sheriffs need to set the stage to follow their oath of office - and enforce the law.

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is pondering whether to move the bill out of the committee.

  • Apr 10, 2019

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

Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers

Legislature urged to fully fund our community and technical colleges

  • Apr 5, 2019

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

  • Apr 4, 2019