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Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers

Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers

Legislature urged to fully fund our community and technical colleges

  • Apr 5, 2019
Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers
Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

  • Apr 4, 2019
Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate
Libraries are places of connection, community pride

Libraries are places of connection, community pride

A public library is often considered the heart of the community, providing programs and services that bring people together and create opportunities for meaningful connections.… Continue reading

Libraries are places of connection, community pride
Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Recently I took a group of senior citizens to tour the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. It was impressive to see not only the botanical… Continue reading

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture
What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

  • Mar 29, 2019
What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?
Why not change the name to match the location?

Why not change the name to match the location?

To Lakeside Industries, As a longtime resident of Renton, I’m concerned about your company’s deceptive campaigning for your proposed asphalt plant. All your formal documentation… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2019
Why not change the name to match the location?
Gov. Inslee and the Supreme Court

Gov. Inslee and the Supreme Court

In 2015, after another session without procuring a key weapon in his climate change fighting strategy, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee decided to get it done… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019
Gov. Inslee and the Supreme Court
Political parties often bring trouble

Political parties often bring trouble

Political parties “are likely, in the course of things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert… Continue reading

Political parties often bring trouble
Are we finally ready to heed the call of the wild?

Are we finally ready to heed the call of the wild?

In 1997 I was a ranger at Yellowstone. On more than one occasion I saw the park’s newly returned wolves, including a scene resembling something… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2019
Are we finally ready to heed the call of the wild?
Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery

Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery

There is no political vaccine for the opioid epidemic, no swift legislative means to free thousands of people of the weight of their substance abuse.… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019
Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery
Kennedy and Johnson, America’s “best and brightest”

Kennedy and Johnson, America’s “best and brightest”

The year was 1975. I had just received my master’s in history from Pepperdine University in Central L.A. I had also just left the religious… Continue reading

Kennedy and Johnson, America’s “best and brightest”
Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

To facilitate fact-based discussion about Lakeside Industries’ application to relocate its Covington asphalt facility to the Industrial-zoned site on state Route 169, I would like… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2019
Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements
Lies during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Lies during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lied about Soviet missile strength to win the 1960 election. This is the assertion that George Friedman makes in his… Continue reading

Lies during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Libraries stand as entrepreneurial hubs

Libraries stand as entrepreneurial hubs

Key measures of a healthy economy include, among other things, new businesses that create jobs and attract skilled workers. And while community leaders count on… Continue reading

Libraries stand as entrepreneurial hubs
When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

Microsoft has started the regional dialogue, but will cities rise to the challenge?

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing
Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

“By all accounts, the United States and the Afghan Taliban are on track to reach a deal by year’s end.” These are the beginning words… Continue reading

Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord
Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for one of the most challenging conversations this session: taxes. With control of the state House and Senate, their… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2019
Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes
Examining your child’s personality types

Examining your child’s personality types

What is your child’s personality type? Jared Peterson recently wrote a best seller, “12 Rules for Your Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Rule 5 deals… Continue reading

Examining your child’s personality types
Legislators explore car tab solutions

Legislators explore car tab solutions

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019
Legislators explore car tab solutions
Your South King County legislators in action

Your South King County legislators in action

Democrats must be careful to not overplay their hand in Olympia

  • Feb 15, 2019
Your South King County legislators in action