Opinion

Lawmakers look to reduce what they increased | The Petri Dish

Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space: “This may… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2018

 

Military leaders can transform education | Brunell

Do good military commanders make good education leaders? That is a question Montana’s Higher Education Commission will answer in the coming years. However, if the… Continue reading

 

Cities balancing budgets with fees | Brunell

State considering additional taxes

 

Washington’s carbon tax differs from B.C. | Brunell

In Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing lawmakers to enact a new tax on carbon gas emissions before the legislature adjourns on March 8. Inslee… Continue reading

The 3 personas of President Trump | Elfers

“And will the real Donald Trump please stand up?” These famous words originated from the old game show, “To Tell the Truth,” which aired beginning… Continue reading

Message from new KCLS director

As the new director of the King County Library System, I am excited to relocate to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and am honored to be… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Kent makes progress to handle its growth | As I See It

I have been thinking about how policing in our country has changed so drastically over the years. For the most part, police departments in America’s… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

John Spellman: best leader for tough times | Brunell

Too often, virtues and accomplishments of quiet leaders go unsung. Such is the case with John Spellman, a former Washington governor and King County executive,… Continue reading

Time to focus on school choice across America | Guest column

By Andrew R. Campanella/National School Choice Week Later this month, schools, home-school groups, organizations, and individuals in Washington and across America will work together to… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2018

What’s the tab? | Shiers

The cost to renew your car tabs in our state remains excessively high and funding public transit projects.… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2018

Ecosystem out of balance | Being Frank

Urging ways to improve our regional habitat

China’s sword policy cutting deep into recycling | Brunell

Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

  • Jan 15, 2018
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Eyman vows to rebound from setbacks | The Petri Dish

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to get… Continue reading

  • Jan 4, 2018

Reflecting on the old and ringing in the New Year | KCLS

What a busy and eventful year this has been. As I write my last column as interim director, it is a great time to reflect… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2017

Time for railroads to implement positive track | Brunell

While the investigation continues into the deadly Amtrak derailment near DuPont, the clock continues to tick on the implementation of Positive Track Control (PTC). The… Continue reading

The city that really gets along … for us | As I See It

There seems to be a greater practice in this country, lately, to criticize our leaders. It is not so in other countries around the world.… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2017

Let’s have a serious discussion about safety | Sen. Fortunato

The presiding officer in the state Senate, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, recently indicated that he would implement a rule to ban firearms in the public… Continue reading

  • Dec 21, 2017