Budget figures disguise the fund increases

A couple of weeks ago I attended a town hall where a trio of eastside legislators warned darkly about the huge deficits facing state government… Continue reading

Yodie Toadie rules the house and the universe

I had a moment of inspiration this morning.The thought occurred to me that the person who said a dog was a man’s best friend must… Continue reading

John Carlson | Appeals in death penalty cases should be limited

The facts have to be sanitized for a family newspaper. But if people knew what Cal Brown really did to Holly Washa there would be no ambivalence about the death penalty.

Exciting time to be in the state Capitol

Thursday was Legislative Day in Olympia for newspaper publishers and editors in the state of Washington. The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and Allied Newspapers jointly… Continue reading

The corporate bonuses create big headaches

There’s an old expression still used when someone falls short of a goal while giving it their all: “Give him an ‘A’ for effort.”Trouble is,… Continue reading

Basketball star shows he has the right stuff

Plenty of unforgettable stories took place during the winter prep season.The Kentwood High girls basketball team won the state title.Kentlake’s Kayla Shira staked claim to… Continue reading

The three strikes proposal is almost out of time

A few weeks ago I alerted readers to a startling state Senate proposal that would erase the life terms of nearly half the state’s 292… Continue reading

Music in Maple Valley keeps the beat going

Music is always on my brain.I listen to satellite radio in the car, I have a 120 GB iPod classic with about 15 GB of… Continue reading

Closing Auburn licensing leaves few options for residents

By Reps. Pat Sullivan and Geoff SimpsonSpecial to the Covington ReporterYou may have heard that the state Department of Licensing is planning to shut down… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Proposed bridge toll bills are not the changes people demanded

When the ribbon was snipped on a new floating bridge connecting Montlake to the eastside in 1963, a toll was collected to pay for its… Continue reading

OUR CORNER: Fun times online and a few victories over vegetables

I have two exciting events to report in the last month since I have been working at the Reporter.First is the paper’s Web site. I… Continue reading

OUR CORNER: Cutting athletics in Sports Town USA? It could happen

Some tough decisions lie ahead for the Kent School Board.Specifically, where to trim the budget if the district’s state funding is reduced by the anticipated… Continue reading

Multi-tasking not for the easily distracted

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching the DVD of Titanic, when she suddenly - WAIT A MINUTE! That was the beginning… Continue reading

Editor finds his way to community despite detour

Friday was a new day for me. I began the day as the new editor of the Maple Valley and Covington Reporter.I live in Enumclaw,… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Eat, drink and go cruising, but stay out of library

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were home watching the movie Titanic when she suddenly hit the pause button and said, “I think… Continue reading

Huff forgets what the voters want

Voters here and in the rest of King County are a few days away from completing the change to putting an elected director in charge of the county elections department. Those advocating the switch – including the 56 percent “yes” from voters countywide in last November’s election in favor of revamping the job from a bureaucratic appointee to an elected official – want the position to, as much as possible, be free of partisanship and any related specter of possible political influences in the conduct of elections. Sherril Huff doesn’t seem to get that.

  • Jan 29, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Pick the best person to carry out election reforms

In case you don’t recognize her name, it’s Sherril Huff who is running the King County elections department. Her charge? Make sure elections are run fairly and mistake-free.

  • Jan 29, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Obama presidency won’t be perfect, but 1-20-09 was

Ex-Reporter Newspapers writer was at inauguration

  • Jan 26, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

King County should save more instead of taxing more

The King County Council recently adopted the 2009 budget. It was the toughest budget in recent memory. A $93 million hole was filled by making tough choices, but the worst is yet to come. On top of these historic cuts, the county executive estimates that 2010 will bring another very large deficit.

Columnist right about cell phone scofflaws

I so appreciated Mike West’s column (Jan. 9, “Selfish cell yakkers take advantage of wimpy law”) about people not thinking they need to obey the rule about use of cell phones while driving. How hard can it be to wait five minutes until you are out of your car?

  • Jan 14, 2009
  • BY Wire Service