Opinion

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

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

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era
Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Inslee and Democrats are riding high

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

  • May 1, 2019
Inslee and Democrats are riding high
Balancing individual rights and the common good

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

Balancing individual rights and the common good
New rules in place regarding data privacy, facial recognition technology

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
New rules in place regarding data privacy, facial recognition technology
Crucial element to good governments

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

Crucial element to good governments
Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

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
Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight
Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

Have you noticed all the building going on in Enumclaw? If you’ve driven down Semanski Street north of the high school or if you’ve been… Continue reading

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms
Are sheriffs above the law?

Are sheriffs above the law?

Washington voters have spoken on I-1639. Sheriffs need to set the stage to follow their oath of office - and enforce the law.

Are sheriffs above the law?
Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is pondering whether to move the bill out of the committee.

  • Apr 10, 2019
Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?
Our country, post-Mueller report

Our country, post-Mueller report

It was to my great relief that the Mueller report did not find any evidence of collusion between the Russians and the 2016 Trump campaign.… Continue reading

Our country, post-Mueller report
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