Lawmakers toil in playing the game of taxpayer relief

Property tax, car tabs remain a burden

  • Mar 17, 2018


Ireland: cleaner, greener and more prosperous | Brunell

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is cleaner, greener and more prosperous. Ireland is an island nation roughly… Continue reading


Poor salmon returns expected | Being Frank

As the tribal and state co-managers begin the annual salmon season setting process, the effects of drought and poor ocean conditions over the past few… Continue reading


Blast from the past returns | Shiers

Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Mariners after the club signed the 44-year-old, free agent outfielder to a one-year deal. The iconic Mariner adds depth… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2018

A year in review and a look ahead for KCLS | Guest op

Every spring, King County Library System presents its annual report to the board of trustees. Our year in review is a compilation of stories, statistics,… Continue reading

Support Proposition A for a safer community | GUEST OP

Kent needs additional police officers to put it in line with other local cities

  • Mar 2, 2018

Shameful public records bill must go

Editor’s note: This is the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association position statement written by Sandy Stokes The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association is deeply disturbed by the… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2018

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics | Brunell

It was hard to get excited about the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the… Continue reading

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