Opinion

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

Why public libraries matter more than ever in the Information Age

Occasionally, someone unfamiliar with King County Library System will say to me “Why do we need libraries when we have the internet?” I actually love… 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

State of the State offers a peek of a President Inslee

“Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 15. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019

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

Miracles do happen

The Black Diamond Community Center was stocked full of toys, bikes, Barbie dolls, trucks, food and new coats during the month of December. We were… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2019

Thank you for helping spread holiday cheer

On behalf of all of us at the Maple Valley Food Bank we wanted to say thank you to this community for rallying behind us… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2019

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

Still a ways away, but don’t give pet bunnies for Easter

I was going to save this column for spring, to mark the one year anniversary when I rescued my rabbit Thomasina at Allan Yorke Park.… Continue reading

We need to make Alzheimer’s fight a national priority

Editor’s Note: The wrong version of this letter was run in the Dec. 21 edition of the Reporter, below is the correct version. As Kim… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2019

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

Here’s to the new year at KCLS

On Jan. 16, I will celebrate my one year anniversary as KCLS’ Executive Director, a wide‐ ranging job in more ways than one. Coming from… 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

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is hiking solo on what seems an impossible mission. The Lake Stevens Democrat is trying to stitch together political support for… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018

America’s endless trap: Matching ideals with reality

“We (the United States) are both fated to lead and fated to do so erratically and impulsively” (Joseph P. Ellis, “American Dialogue: The Founders and… Continue reading

  • Dec 21, 2018

Support still needed to fight Alzheimer’s

alzheimer’s disease Sen. Murray setting an example Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. More… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2018

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

Is Inslee prepping for a presidential run?

Can a little known thoroughbred from the Pacific Northwest capture the 2020 derby of Democratic presidential candidates? It sure looks like Jay Inslee is saddling… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

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

Five stars, best books and King County Libraries’ commitment to intellectual freedom

Library Journal recently announced its 2018 Star Libraries as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Services. The King County Library System (KCLS)… Continue reading