Opinion

Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

Gun rights activists and their legislative allies may have messed up again in their political calculations in Washington. They succeeded in blocking passage of a… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018
Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

We only see what we value.

Talking points for next year’s legislative agenda

Talking points for next year’s legislative agenda

The state will expend a chunk of taxpayer dollars in the coming months searching for wolves in the south Cascades, assessing the need for new… Continue reading

  • Apr 25, 2018
Talking points for next year’s legislative agenda
Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

How does one know if marketing is effective? In the light of last week’s Congressional interrogation of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it appears that many… Continue reading

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters
Let’s keep Maple Valley strong, vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

Let’s keep Maple Valley strong, vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

I hope all the residents of the Tahoma School District will join me in voting yes for the Tahoma levy on April 24. Strong schools… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018
Let’s keep Maple Valley strong, vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor
Vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

Vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

Tahoma School District was recently ranked as one of the top ten school districts in Washington, and has been a major driver of economic growth… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2018
Vote yes on Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor
Prop. 1 needs your yes vote | Letter to the Editor

Prop. 1 needs your yes vote | Letter to the Editor

I am a current resident of Kent for two years and a former resident of Covington for more than 30 years who has been actively… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2018
Prop. 1 needs your yes vote | Letter to the Editor
Vote yes on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor

Vote yes on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor

On the April 24 Special Election ballot, we have the opportunity to vote on the proposal by the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority to reset… Continue reading

  • Apr 18, 2018
Vote yes on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor
Vote no on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor

Vote no on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor

Covington voters elected me with the promise of adding “balance and pragmatism” to the City Council. I cast my first “no” vote against endorsing the… Continue reading

  • Apr 18, 2018
Vote no on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor
Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist

Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist

Washington public school teachers are ready to reap financial rewards from their long battle to increase state funding for education. Union leaders are making no… Continue reading

  • Apr 18, 2018
Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist
Vote no on Prop. No. 1 for RFA | Letter to the Editor

Vote no on Prop. No. 1 for RFA | Letter to the Editor

We have all received a special election ballot in our mailboxes asking us to approve Proposition No. 1. Several years ago when this new, expensive,… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018
Vote no on Prop. No. 1 for RFA | Letter to the Editor
Why should someone like me vote for a school levy? | Letter to the Editor

Why should someone like me vote for a school levy? | Letter to the Editor

I pay a lot of property taxes that benefit Tahoma School District but I no longer have any kids attending school, nor do I have… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018
Why should someone like me vote for a school levy? | Letter to the Editor
Plan with the end in mind

Plan with the end in mind

“Plan with the end in mind” was one of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I found his adage true when I taught… Continue reading

Plan with the end in mind
Help urge Congress to pass needed funds | Letter to the Editor

Help urge Congress to pass needed funds | Letter to the Editor

The statistics keep getting worse — the 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report published by the Alzheimer’s Association reveals that, for the second consecutive… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2018
Help urge Congress to pass needed funds | Letter to the Editor
It’s important to educate ourselves on upcoming Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

It’s important to educate ourselves on upcoming Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor

I am writing this letter as a father of two children attending school in the Tahoma School District and as a business owner in Maple… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2018
It’s important to educate ourselves on upcoming Tahoma levy | Letter to the Editor
Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

What’s more important to the success of a government — short-term thinking or long-term thinking? Why are terms of service for the House of Representatives… Continue reading

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?
Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Is the end truly near in the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary? Democratic state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self thinks so. “I’m pleased to report the… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2018
Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over
To avoid repeating history, Tahoma gets our yes vote

To avoid repeating history, Tahoma gets our yes vote

We moved to Maple Valley in the mid 1970s because of an opportunity presented to Bill with Standard Oil, not for the schools. We quickly… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018
To avoid repeating history, Tahoma gets our yes vote
The Second Amendment in the 21st century

The Second Amendment in the 21st century

As I read about yet another school shooting, the 17th since the beginning of 2018, I’m reminded of the National Rifle Association’s reminder to the… Continue reading

The Second Amendment in the 21st century
False claims online ignite partisan spat

False claims online ignite partisan spat

Sam Low, a Republican politician in Snohomish County, found himself entangled in a social media scuffle with a Democrat rival this past weekend, and he… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2018
False claims online ignite partisan spat