Help, at last, from the skies | Shiers

Several days of rain and even snow in the higher elevations have helped douse the fires in the mountains and elsewhere.… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2017

Tax policy changes must be carefully crafted and coordinated | Brunell

Key tax policies emanating from the East and West coasts are like passenger trains passing one another heading in opposite directions. One train is loaded… Continue reading

Controversial education leader to pay us a visit | The Petri Dish

It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her… Continue reading

  • Sep 20, 2017

Our schools committed to making students’ dreams come true | Watts

As we begin the new school year, I am reminded of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech delivered 54… Continue reading

  • Sep 14, 2017

Rabid bat numbers rise | Shiers

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes throughout Washington have tested positive for rabies since Aug. 1. While health officials test for and… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2017

Let’s clear the air | Shiers

This dry season has tested our skies.… Continue reading

  • Sep 10, 2017

Governor takes his pitch on state tour | The Petri Dish

Jay Inslee is back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour. The Democratic governor launched the tour in… Continue reading

  • Sep 7, 2017

Spectacle still brings out the fight in me | Our Corner

For one Saturday night, the fight game returned. Young Mixed Martial Arts champ Conor McGregor climbed into the Marquess of Queensberry rules boxing ring with… Continue reading

Dan Evans would serve America well | Brunell

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National… Continue reading

Pursuing truth through the rhetoric | Our Corner

This writing stuff is a strange business. It’s an amalgamation of talk, tattling and, at times, tawdry titters – all under the headline of truth… Continue reading

Let’s stand united, strong against acts of violence | Sen. Fain

Our freedom to speak and exchange ideas, especially unpopular ideas, is the most important right we hold as Americans. It is the first right because… Continue reading

  • Aug 21, 2017

Many complexities in the Kent School District | MY TURN

The Kent School District has made a lot of controversial decisions lately. First, they banned all international trips for students for school functions, which included… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2017

Glimpse of the solar eclipse: for some, is it really worth the adventure?

Monday brings the Apocalypse. This is not fake news. I got this from a very reliable source, the internet. Actually it’s just a total solar… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the… Continue reading

A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our changing county | KCLS

Anyone who has visited the 48 libraries in the King County Library System, as I have done since becoming KCLS’ interim director, appreciates the breadth… Continue reading

  • Aug 10, 2017

Sudden deaths took a trio of state’s business and ag leaders | Brunell

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large… Continue reading

Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers | Brunell

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of… Continue reading

State’s new distracted driving law going too far? | The Petri Dish

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is annoying folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2017

Forest landowners prove cooperation works | Brunell

The state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recently recognized 43 large forest landowners for their “exemplary efforts” to upgrade forest roads and stream… Continue reading

Dry spell in Seattle | Shiers

Months removed from record-breaking winter and spring rain, the Puget Sound region is on another streak. As of Thursday, the area has seen 39 consecutive… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2017