Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST OP

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties goes into effect in Washington state. What will it mean for you and… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2017

State of public ed

In the final hours before a state government shutdown, the Legislature passed a landmark bill that adds billions of dollars to public schools in Washington… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2017

Abundant natural gas is giant step toward energy independence | Brunell

In the last half century, Americans yearned for energy independence. We were tired of being held captive by foreign governments – some of which continue… Continue reading

KCLS: looking toward the future

By Stephen A. Smith, interim library director Over the past year and a half, the King County Library System has been immersed in a strategic… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017

Lawmakers look to play bigger role in negotiations with unions | The Petri Dish

One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place Tuesday, sealing in Republican support for funding new state worker contracts. It came… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2017

Searching for words that unite us | Brunell

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS 60 Minutes focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another.… Continue reading

Trash talk and all: Taking lessons from council meetings | OUR CORNER

On Mondays, you’ll likely find me sitting in the back row of the council chambers, listening to a Renton City Council discuss local politics. I… Continue reading

Caps, gowns and devices | Shiers

Local high school seniors graduate this weekend.… Continue reading

Refocusing climate debate to practical solutions | Brunell

Debating whether it was wrong for President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord negotiations is never ending. Both sides… Continue reading

Connecticut comeuppance | Brunell

Recently, the Wall Street Journal editorialized that Connecticut’s elected officials are getting their “comeuppance” for years of absorbingly high taxes, failing to implement state spending… Continue reading

Tensions rise as battle lingers over education | The Petri Dish

Teachers in the Everett School District incited quite a stir with their talk of striking on the first day of school this fall if the… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2017

Following the journey of grads, finances | Our schools

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest, and that means graduations are around the corner. This year, the Kent School District will see more than… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2017

Summer reading: Relax, learn, and have fun | KCLS

It seemed like winter was longer than usual this year, but it’s behind us now. And with the change of seasons – and warmer days… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2017

Time to put a leash on legislative marathons? | The Petri Dish

Washington voters amended the state constitution in 1979 in hopes of bringing discipline to a legislating process run amok. Sixty percent of them passed Senate… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts is vital to our community | GUEST OP

By Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs manager, city of Kent It was a typical spring afternoon, in a conventional classroom, at my exceedingly ordinary high school,… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2017

Slow go in Olympia | Shiers

The Legislature is going double-overtime to try and settle a budget impasse and find a long-overdue solution to fully fund public education.… Continue reading

Budget battle pushes state to the brink | The Petri Dish

The process of shutting down state government is underway, again. At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans for… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2017

How to stress less in the face of uncertainty | Guest op

The political climate we are all facing is intense, to say the least. You can’t get online or turn on your TV without being faced… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2017

Nursing home staffing levels need to be higher | Guest op

Two years ago, the Legislature passed a caregiver-staffing requirement that would improve direct-care ratios to prevent resident neglect and unsafe working conditions for caregivers. But… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2017

Lawmakers stalled on a compromising car tab bill | The Petri Dish

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car tab fees.… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2017