Opinion

Legislature: History, investigations and new laws

The 2019 session of the Legislature included controversy, compromise, surprise, new law and more.

 

Max fix critical to Washington

Boeing needs to get the 737 back into service – safely and soon

 

Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO

Governor’s watch: timing is everything

Inslee, possible candidates eye 2020 race

  • Jun 6, 2019

 

KCLS provides summertime opportunities to read, learn and grow

June is the end of the school year, but it’s the beginning of King County Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program, and we’re offering a… Continue reading

Could Seattle put on a World’s Fair today? | Brunell

On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened. The “Century 21 Exhibition” ran for six months, drew 11 million visitors, turned a profit and… Continue reading

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

‘If I can do it, they can do it’

Removing Snake River dams is unwise | Brunell

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO

Governor wins power play with monetary maneuver

In the final round of bill signing Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee unleashed a one-two combo of executive power, the likes of which state lawmakers had… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO

Burgers and fries or trains and rails?

A Sound Transit committee recently removed the Lowe’s/Dick’s site from consideration for a light rail maintenance facility. Public opinion gathered by Sound Transit at open… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2019

Washington’s big tax bump | Brunell

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by… Continue reading

State, feds splash and clash over Washington’s water quality

President Donald Trump is ready to give Washington the clean water rules its leaders requested. Did he get an ounce of gratitude when the Environmental… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2019
Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Interim House speaker takes on challenges of a tough seat

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited last Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019
Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

New Montana law aims to keep people in their homes | Brunell

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which… Continue reading

Democrats doing a victory lap, but other matters remain unfinished

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2019

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

The vast majority of e-waste isn’t handled in an environmentally friendly way

KCLS fosters connections with local governments and library advocates

King County Library System fosters connections with local governments and library advocates to strengthen collaboration, encourage citizen engagement and maximize public funding to help KCLS… Continue reading

Montana woman recognized among Fortune’s greatest world leaders

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the… Continue reading

More hatchery fish needed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to strategically release an additional 50 million chinook from its hatcheries this year to benefit starving… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

From climate change to health care, Democrats advance governor’s agenda

Jay Inslee looks to be enjoying his best legislative session as governor. By the time it wraps up, the Democratic governor should get 15 of… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Remember a good friend who went his own way

One of the inevitable costs in aging is watching old friends pass away. Seems to happen more and more these days, nothing can stop that.… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2019