Gift took terror to new heights

After three decades of being married to the same woman, you would think a guy would have a pretty solid knowledge of that woman’s likes and dislikes. But on Mother’s Day, five years ago, I had an apparent brain cramp.

Whatever happened to customer service?

Is customer service dead as we know it? I’m not sure it’s dead, but the toe tag has been affixed and a priest has been called to administer last rites.

Whose values are adults teaching?

From steroid-using athletes to celebrities who bounce between clubs and rehab, today’s role models can leave a lot to be desired.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Levity goes a long way in politics

His race for Dufur public office was not going well. The voters in Dufur (DOO-fur), a small town in Oregon, were leaning to his opponent in overwhelming numbers – or at least as overwhelming as a town of 500 can muster.

Pledge of Allegiance or blind obedience?

Late last week four students from Dilworth, Minnesota were suspended from school. Not for carrying firearms, dealing drugs, or fighting during school hours. These four rebels with a clue were suspended for {gasp!} not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance!

Transportation: What went wrong and when

It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections. Most people aren’t happy. But instead of trying to find scapegoats, let’s review some history to see why we’re paying higher transportation taxes for longer commutes.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Kent-Meridian turning things around

For many years Kent-Meridian High School was the last choice in the Kent School District.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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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
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Why we celebrate Memorial Day

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

  • Jun 2, 2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.”