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

Spring is on its way – at long last | Shiers

Our gloomy, reluctant spring is expected to give way to warmer, drier days. Try plenty of sunshine and temperatures into the 70s. Even if it’s… Continue reading

Plenty of work to do in special session | The Petri Dish

Not a whole lot is going on around the Capitol these days as the first not-so-special session reaches the end of its third week. Negotiations… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2017

Remembering Mike Lowry, a genuine man | Brunell

There was nothing pretentious about Mike Lowry. What you saw is what you got. Lowry was one of Washington’s most colorful governors. He served one… Continue reading

Pricey play | Shiers

King County’s median home price continues to soar.… Continue reading

KCLS Music & Technology Festival previews new directions in libraries and digital content

By Stephen A. Smith/Interim KCLS director Libraries have always been the place to turn to for information, ideas and inspiration. And though the technology people… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2017

Understanding and supporting a loved one struggling with substance use | GUEST OP

By Milena Stott, LICSW, CDP/For the Reporter King County’s opioid crisis shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Last year, Seattle and King County… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2017

Lawmakers play Trump card on failure to disclose taxes | The Petri Dish

Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if he doesn’t… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2017

Customer satisfaction is job one | Brunell

It may take United Airlines years to overcome the public relations nightmare of a doctor being dragged off an overbooked flight by Chicago police. That… Continue reading

How wet can it get? | Shiers

The Seattle area continues to toil in moisture. For the third consecutive year, the area is well above average in rain totals, with April rainfall… Continue reading

Distractive driving goes beyond the law | Brunell

While state lawmakers work to bridge major differences in the budget, they agreed our distractive driving laws need stiffening. Companion bills sponsored by Sen. Ann… Continue reading

Pushing for more ballot drop boxes | The Petri Dish

In the stack of bills awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature is what one supporter described as the “most progressive democracy measure” emerging from the… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2017

A tiny little squiggle of ink | Beckley

Ah, the Oxford comma. It’s just a tiny little squiggle of ink, but there’s an endless debate over its necessity and use. Just last month,… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2017

Project on ‘pay-by-mile’ approach to fund transportation infrastructure seeks volunteers | Guest analysis

By Reema Griffith/executive director, Washington State Transportation Commission Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2017

Our chance is now to fully fund education | Guest op

By Harium Martin-Morris/For the Auburn Reporter We are at a pivotal moment in reinventing our state’s public schools. Washingtonians have a once in a lifetime… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2017

School district confronts difficult financial period | Watts

The Kent School District is well known for its extraordinary students, excellent instruction, incredible diversity, cutting-edge technology, supportive community and thoughtful management. However, like many… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2017

Vivid tube world just a yardstick away | Dennis Box

A moment of memory fell on me during one of the staff meetings when I was supposed to be paying attention to whatever I was… Continue reading

Lawmakers brace for overtime in Olympia | The Petri Dish

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2017

Time to get serious on REAL ID compliance | Guest op

By state Reps. Mark Hargrove and Matt Shea/For the Reporter If you enjoy spending long hours in line at the DOL or being forced to… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2017