Opinion

Yes, Virginia, lawmakers did raise a lot of fees and taxes

Yes, Virginia, lawmakers did raise a lot of fees and taxes

They passed 51 bills to bring in more money. Democrats pushed major tax hikes past a resistant GOP.

  • Jul 3, 2019
Yes, Virginia, lawmakers did raise a lot of fees and taxes
Restoring affordability to a college education is vital to America

Restoring affordability to a college education is vital to America

Focus needs to be on approaches, which are affordable and effective for students and their families

Restoring affordability to a college education is vital to America
COURTESY, Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

This year’s biggest election for Democrats isn’t on the ballot

Four women are vying to become the next House speaker. The Democratic caucus will decide in July.

  • Jul 3, 2019
COURTESY, Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Nation sorely lacks positive role models

Nation sorely lacks positive role models

Our culture has forgotten the importance of role models to future generations

Nation sorely lacks positive role models
Family-owned business backbone of America

Family-owned business backbone of America

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” reassuring voters he understood what they were going through. Since then,… Continue reading

Family-owned business backbone of America
Legislature: History, investigations and new laws

Legislature: History, investigations and new laws

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

Legislature: History, investigations and new laws
Max fix critical to Washington

Max fix critical to Washington

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

Max fix critical to Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO

Governor’s watch: timing is everything

Inslee, possible candidates eye 2020 race

  • Jun 6, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO
KCLS provides summertime opportunities to read, learn and grow

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

KCLS provides summertime opportunities to read, learn and grow
Could Seattle put on a World’s Fair today? | Brunell

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

Could Seattle put on a World’s Fair today? | Brunell
Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

‘If I can do it, they can do it’

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

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?

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
Burgers and fries or trains and rails?
Washington’s big tax bump | Brunell

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

Washington’s big tax bump | Brunell
State, feds splash and clash over Washington’s water quality

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

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

New Montana law aims to keep people in their homes | Brunell
Democrats doing a victory lap, but other matters remain unfinished

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
Democrats doing a victory lap, but other matters remain unfinished
E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

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

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches