Opinion

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

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

State revenue is unprecedented, but it’s still not enough

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms and other Capitol hangouts as it is the amount… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2018

The Black Diamond community is a very giving place

The time of year is the time to give The holidays are here and with that special time comes hardships for many seniors and families… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Your vote may already be cast and counted in this year’s election. Your wallet, however, contains another valuable “vote” this holiday season: where you spend… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2018

‘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

Trump helped erase voter complacency

The Nov. 6 midterms set a record number for voters: An estimated 113 million came out to the polls, or 49 percent of those eligible… Continue reading

Midterm winners and losers

A surge in voter interest, a swell in the ranks of Democratic state lawmakers and a spendy bunch of contests marked the 2018 election. As… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

By the time you read this, you will either be in celebration or in mourning. You will have found out the results of the midterm… Continue reading

Thank you for another successful book sale

The Maple Valley Library Guild wishes to thank the community for its support during our October book and media sale. This sale could not occur… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2018

Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes

As a youth in my late teens, I joined a strict religious cult and spent seven years of my life deeply involved in it. The… Continue reading