George Carlin was a comic and a hero

My heroes always have been cowboys.

Why we have Miranda rights

Whenever you watch a crime show on TV or in the movies there is almost inevitably that portion of the program where one of the detectives says, “you have the right to remain silent…” It means the cops have got the goods. It creates dramatic finality and seems to suggest that the bad guy is headed for the Graybar Hilton for a long, long time.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Kent initiative aims to promote health in city

So what does it really mean to be healthy? Most of us would probably think of a fitness program, or a diet – something that involves losing weight and getting stronger. That, of course, is part of the deal. But if you stop and think, good health is a bigger equation than subtracting inches from your waistline. And if you take one more step back, you can see it involves your whole community.

Dog was ugly to the bone, but a sweetheart | Pat Cashman

Among the sights I have yet to see is that of a protestor marching in front of the corporate headquarters of Raid, carrying a placard that says, “End the killing of spiders, fleas, houseflies, chiggers, mealworms and cockroaches!”

Who should be Obama’s running mate?

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

  • Jun 14, 2008

Let the best two candidates compete

The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter.

  • Jun 12, 2008

All about dad: Snapshots offer clues

Fathers Day is coming up this week, and so is my dad’s 85th birthday. I sure wish he were going to be here to celebrate both occasions, but he’s been gone for 20 years.

Why we watch reality television

Next on Jerry Springer, teenage prostitutes and their pimps! This is a great example of schadenfreude, a malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.

Top Kent cop: Accreditation means higher standards, professionalism

Former Kent Police Chief Ed Crawford had the foresight in the 1990s to begin the process to make KPD an “accredited” agency. If you look at the back fenders of our patrol cars it says “Nationally Accredited.” What does that mean and what does it do for us as a city? Accreditation is a nationwide phenomenon for public agencies, including police departments, fire departments and jails. Basically it is part of an effort to increase professionalism and high standards.

  • Jun 9, 2008

Ron Paul campaign lends excitement to state Republican convention

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national-convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town. Instead the tenacious Ron Paul people, who made up more than a third of the delegates, contested the McCain forces on virtually every front.

  • Jun 9, 2008

How does serial flyer kid do it?

Apparently I am one of the few in America who has not seen the latest Indiana Jones movie.

Columnist overcomes sinking feeling

Ever met one of those people who seemingly can do everything? I know a guy like that.

Motorists must share the road

It was a drizzly, cold evening May 21 at the James Street Park and Ride lot in Kent.

Guns, freedom and common sense

Pretty much everyone agrees that people shouldn’t have guns in planes and bars. Guns don’t mix well with alcohol. But what about other places?

  • Jun 2, 2008

Politics the only reason for gun vote

Me thinks there is a political ploy at play.

  • Jun 2, 2008

An adventure in newspapering

I’ve always liked what Mark Twain said about being a newspaper editor: “I am not an editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good, so that God will not make me one.”

Street project will have long-term benefits

The Kent City Council voted April 1 to approve a major transportation improvement along South 224th Street. When completed, the three-lane roadway will connect 84th Avenue South (East Valley Highway) and 108th Avenue

  • Jun 2, 2008

A plan to care for our animals A plan to care for our animals

The subject of shelter animal care is an emotional issue, and one that until just recently divided us in county government. Strong feelings expressed from people in our community and the great number of emails and calls demonstrate how much we all care about the animals in our shelters. It is emotional because those of us with pets often consider them part of the family. It is especially painful to know that we aren’t giving the best care possible to the living, vulnerable and innocent creatures that are in our shelters because they were lost, unwanted or have been abused.

  • Jun 2, 2008

County must do right by its shelters

Elsewhere on this page is an article by Julia Patterson and Ron Sims. It’s worth reading.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Sheriff seeks greater oversight

The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating, and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The Council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.

  • Jun 2, 2008