County, port usher in new trail corridor

King County and the Port of Seattle made history May 12 when the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Eastside rail corridor was secured for public ownership. The Port of Seattle will pay the below-market value of $107 million to acquire the 42-mile corridor that stretches from Renton in the south up to the City of Snohomish in the north. King County will pay the port $1.9 million for a 26-mile easement for trail development that runs from Renton to Woodinville. As more and more people commute from South King County to Eastside cities, and vice versa, it is clear that our region needs more transportation options, as well as more recreational opportunities.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Why we celebrate Memorial Day

It’s the Memorial Day weekend - and you know what that means.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Obama, Bush and appeasement

OK, you decide. Last week President Bush, in a long speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding, made the following statements to the Israeli Knesset (our equivalent of Congress).

  • Jun 2, 2008

Sports teams should ante up for schools

Recently the Olympia School District has been called upon to make budget cuts in the $2 million dollar range for the 2008-2009 school years.

Don’t let alcohol ruin grads’ future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • May 31, 2008

Moving: One of life’s great adventures

I helped a friend and his wife load their stuff into a big U-Haul some days ago. They were moving to southern California. Some people think a move from this part of the world to that part is sort of like trading a gentle scalp massage for a whack on the head with a garden rake. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. A small shovel would be more like it.

Replacing school chiefs won’t be easy

It’s spring, and you know what that means?

  • May 17, 2008

Today’s society ruder, in spite of better technology

Regarding your customer-service article (Todd Nuttman editorial, May 7, 2008), I agree but consider the problem much broader than you suggest.

  • May 14, 2008

Health isn’t just a personal choice

A recent study I read underscores the fact that good health isn’t just a matter of personal choice for Americans.

So who’s to blame for Sonics leaving?

He lied to us.

  • Apr 16, 2008

It’s not easy being green …

A neighbor of mine – Tony – is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously. For example, he tells me that he’s recently begun recycling his newspaper each week. “The entire newspaper?” I asked. He shook his head. “No, “he admitted. “ Just your column.”