Opinion

Legislature: History, investigations and new laws

The 2019 session of the Legislature included controversy, compromise, surprise, new law and more.

Heat loving plants need care in June

The beginning of June can be a fickle season. Tomatoes, peppers, basil and warmth loving annuals such as zinnias need to get into the ground… Continue reading

  • Jun 6, 2019

Come on reader light my fire

“Coffee with the Editor” events provided thoughtful, exciting conversation

  • Jun 5, 2019

Is there too much technology?

Have you ever stopped to consider whether there is too much technology? Ads are shown on TV advertising Alexa and Echo. These devices are asked… Continue reading

Rock on!

Living with Gleigh

  • Jun 5, 2019

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

‘If I can do it, they can do it’

Living with Gleigh – Hoping to make it out with my clothes on

I’m not the type of person who “enjoys the journey” as much as I’m always grateful for making it out the other end. For instance,… Continue reading

Write it down, take a little note and then send it to the editor

The Reporter is looking for guest opinions

  • May 22, 2019

Nerds versus flies

I’ve always held that it would be better to fight 100 duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck. But after this last week, I’m no longer… Continue reading

A historic era ends, another begins

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited on Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2019

Readers are invited to discuss the future of the paper over coffee

Danielle Chastaine takes over as the new editor of the Renton / Covington-Maple Valley Reporter

Republican hardball trumps Democrat softball

If it was Barack Obama who had committed the same acts that Donald Trump has, what would the Republicans be doing?

WA Democrats didn’t run the entire table

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Thank Zenger, strong-willed jury for freedom of the press

What would this nation be like if we didn’t have a free press?

  • May 7, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

Each age has a spirit or attitude that dominates over and competes with other worldviews.

Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Governor’s absenteeism to campaign for president is a big help too.

  • May 1, 2019

Balancing individual rights and the common good

Which is more important, serving the common good of a society or protecting individual rights? This is a question I ask my Civics and Government… Continue reading

New rules in place regarding data privacy, facial recognition technology

One of the most intriguing dramas at this point in the legislative session revolves around a bill putting new rules in place regarding data privacy… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2019

Crucial element to good governments

What makes good government? What makes bad government? We all have experienced both types, and some in-between. Good government can make life a lot easier… Continue reading

Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

At nearly noon on April 1, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up beach chair in the chilly shade of the state Capitol dome with no… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019