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

Today’s tools drive me crazy, and off the map | OUR CORNER

Distracted driving is the hot topic now with the new state law taking effect Sunday, July 23. I will not recite the specifics of the… Continue reading

Maybe it is more than sticks and stones that hurt | OUR CORNER

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class in seventh grade, I have been taken by the puzzle of how people… Continue reading

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