Opinion

Perception becomes reality, nationally and individually

This seems to be China’s problem: it has a bad image, which is bringing major problems to its door. China has begun to change those… Continue reading

Why does the Arlene’s Flowers case affect Elfers’ personally?

This is in response to the article that ran under Mr. Elfers opinion, and the follow ups that appeared in the Reporter. My main question… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2018

WEA said teacher salaries would rise, and they are

Teacher salaries are soaring as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge in… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

Ferguson oversteps bounds

Imagine you are a devout 68-year-old Southern Baptist Christian, living in Richland, Washington, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, a floral shop, for over 20 years.… Continue reading

Elfers needs to check facts

Readers should know that Richard Elfers’ column about the Arlene’s Flowers case contains significant factual errors. First, Mr. Elfers claims that my office sent a… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Jason Rittereiser impressed me, he gets my vote

The 8th Congressional District is one of 23 around the country where Clinton had a majority vote but whose seat is currently held by a… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2018

Columnist, AG debate issues of Arlene’s Flowers court case

Columnist Rich Elfers wrote a column about Arlene’s Flowers, the 1st Amendment and equal rights. A few weeks later, Washington State Attorney General Bod Ferguson wrote in, challenging Elfers’ facts and characterizations.

KCLS relishes community partner role

By Lisa Rosenblum KCLS Director With summer in full swing, it seems an excellent time to celebrate KCLS communities throughout the county and the many… Continue reading

All can consider, what would a great leader do?

The time was 460 B.C. The place, across the Tiber River from the city of Rome. The protagonist was a farmer who tilled the soil… Continue reading

Community Support in Black Diamond

St. Barbara Catholic Church continues its weekly support of the Black Diamond Community Center Food Bank. Every Monday pounds of food comes in from the… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2018

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

Knowing and understanding tribalism can offer a solution to the divisions at home and abroad.

Thanks to those continuing to support fight to end Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans currently suffer from… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2018

Firearms purchase warning ballot measure awaits OK

Back in 1965, with mounting evidence of the ill effects of smoking, Congress decided every pack of cigarettes should come with a few words of… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2018

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

Do you remember the tit-for-tat fights you had as a kid? Someone hit you so you hit them back. Someone called you a name, so… Continue reading

Area council committees take shape

By Peter Rimbos Corresponding Secretary On July 2, the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council held its monthly meeting. This was an atypical meeting as… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2018

Mental health competency delays are costing state millions

The state is paying millions of dollars a year in sanctions because it’s unable to evaluate the mental health competency of jailed defendants in a… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2018

KCLS: focusing on knowledge, equity and inclusion

As a public institution, the King County Library System serves people of all ages, abilities, genders, ethnicities, cultures and economic backgrounds. The values that guide… Continue reading

Trump administration tariffs on Canadian newsprint have created additional hardships for newspapers, large and small, and won’t be good in the long run for U.S. paper mills. (Thinkstock.com)

Editorial: Protect jobs at newspapers and paper mills

A newsprint tariff is a threat to newspapers but also jeopardizes mill workers it seeks to protect.

  • Jul 5, 2018
Trump administration tariffs on Canadian newsprint have created additional hardships for newspapers, large and small, and won’t be good in the long run for U.S. paper mills. (Thinkstock.com)

Trump’s behavior means the world cannot trust the U.S.

‘The U.S. became involved in the Vietnam War precisely because it feared the implications for its containment policy against the Soviet Union if it allowed… Continue reading

State may have a meaningful presidential primary in 2020

Washington may have a meaningful presidential primary in 2020. If it happens, Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul will be among those to thank. Last week… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2018