Say it ain’t so, Bill and Melinda Gates

Dear Bill Gates,I recently became aware that you and Mrs. Gates met with several superintendents of large school districts, including Washington, D.C., New York and… Continue reading

When strange things happen to good names

Whether you like the name or not, “ShoWare” is now part of the Kent landscape. The Kent City Council on Tuesday inked an agreement with ShoWare by VisionOne, Inc., for the California-based company to put its name on our nearly built arena.

Elections proved reforms were successful

The 2008 general election was remarkable in many ways – record turnout, especially among younger people, long-awaited approval of regional transportation system expansion, and the… Continue reading

Celebrating Christmas, without the political correctness

We’re still a long way out from Christmas, even though one Seattle radio station is already playing holiday music around the clock, and gift catalogs… Continue reading

It matters most what happens at your house

Please forgive me if I ramble and at times don't make sense.I didn't want to write this article. But I came to the realization that… Continue reading

Fighting the secrecy of domestic violence

The mood at the Kent Regional Library last month was upbeat, but touched the edge of somber.The participants filing into the library meeting room Oct.… Continue reading

Veterans deserve our support

My father, uncles and grandfathers were veterans. Through them, I learned about the Normandy invasion, the sinking of the Quincy and Patton’s army. Their stories… Continue reading

Nothing musical about this chair shortage

While out for a jog the other day (a jog that turned into a sprint when a German shepherd came after me), I noticed a “For Lease” sign sitting in the empty window of a failed restaurant. After the dog got distracted and ran after a bicyclist, I strolled back to the restaurant and peered in the window.

Online reporting adds to efficiency

One of the interesting dynamics of law enforcement is the incredibly wide spectrum of issues and problems we face each day.

  • Nov 7, 2008

It takes courage to be truly free

It happened on a rainy election night. The candidate I was supporting had lost. I was in my apartment, looking at the TV late at night, nothing but infomercials. I didn’t pay any attention to it because my mind was filled with fear and other conflicting emotions. The man I had supported for mayor of Seattle had lost. He lost to Seattle’s first black mayor, Norm Rice.

After Phillies win, anything is possible

I'd spent my whole life waiting for this moment and there was no way 3,000 miles was going to keep me from it. As a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, I have not had much to cheer about. I was 4 the last time the Phillies won the World Series.

Life is the most precious thing of all

Treasure isn’t just gold. Treasures can possibly be the smallest thing that separates you from the ordinary. Whether you have the opportunity to work and support yourself, or you get the chance to go to Disneyland, treasures make each individual special.

Vandalism of KYSA soccer fields hurt a lot of kids

So, let me get this straight. You’re hanging out in Kent. You’ve got a big truck and you’re bored. What to do, what to do...

Republicans stumble over race issue

Here we go again. The Democrats and Sen. Barack Obama said they would talk about issues, and were not going to play the race card. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened, and the Republicans have fallen right into the trap.

Social services to hit crisis with budget woes

King County Executive Ron Sims transmitted his proposed 2009 budget to King County Council Oct. 13. As expected his “balanced” budget proposal responds to an approximately $93 million deficit.

Just what does county do for you? A lot

You’ve probably heard the news. King County is facing a $93 million budget shortfall for 2009, close to 10 percent of its general fund. This is one of the worst deficits our county government has ever experienced.

  • Oct 21, 2008

Fear and loathing on shot day

Season’s greetings to you! I mean the flu and cold season, of course. Unlike other seasons, we are advised not to celebrate this one, but to avoid it. That’s why I decided to get a flu shot the other day and skip the flu holidays altogether.