Opinion

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

  • Mar 29, 2019

Why not change the name to match the location?

To Lakeside Industries, As a longtime resident of Renton, I’m concerned about your company’s deceptive campaigning for your proposed asphalt plant. All your formal documentation… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2019

Gov. Inslee and the Supreme Court

In 2015, after another session without procuring a key weapon in his climate change fighting strategy, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee decided to get it done… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

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

Are we finally ready to heed the call of the wild?

In 1997 I was a ranger at Yellowstone. On more than one occasion I saw the park’s newly returned wolves, including a scene resembling something… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2019

Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery

There is no political vaccine for the opioid epidemic, no swift legislative means to free thousands of people of the weight of their substance abuse.… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019

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

Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

To facilitate fact-based discussion about Lakeside Industries’ application to relocate its Covington asphalt facility to the Industrial-zoned site on state Route 169, I would like… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2019

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

Libraries stand as entrepreneurial hubs

Key measures of a healthy economy include, among other things, new businesses that create jobs and attract skilled workers. And while community leaders count on… Continue reading

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

Microsoft has started the regional dialogue, but will cities rise to the challenge?

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

Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for one of the most challenging conversations this session: taxes. With control of the state House and Senate, their… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2019

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

Legislators explore car tab solutions

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

Your South King County legislators in action

Democrats must be careful to not overplay their hand in Olympia

  • Feb 15, 2019

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

Not opposed to asphalt plants, just to the proposed location on SR 169

Location all wrong for plants I am writing to you to express my opposition of the Lakeside Industries asphalt plant being relocated to the old… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

We will survive this era, just as we made it through the ’50s

Some of you remember the 1950s. The majority of the U.S. population does not. They weren’t born yet. For some, the most vivid memory of… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

Student debt draining retired income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal… Continue reading