Win some, lose some

Item: For the second time in four months, voters reject Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety’s levy request.

  • Nov 12, 2008

Turn to timeless truisms to make sense of election

Why are old expressions old? Because human experience keeps validating them. A few timeless slogans explain why what happened, happened in the 2008 elections:

It should be election day, not election month

By JASON MERCIERImagine the following scenario: It’s the day after the election and you open the morning paper to learn that the next governor won’t… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2008

Democrats gave Republicans the blues

By BOB ROEGNERNationally, the Democratic blue wave of change proved to be real as it swamped everything Republican in its path.Barack Obama was elected president… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2008

Election’s over; economy looms for Democrats, Republicans | John Carlson

One thing about economics: Like time and the weather, it plays no favorites. The laws of economics are rigid. Abide by them and you’ll do fine. Violate them and you will suffer, whether you earn $20,000 a year or $20 million. The country’s financial sector has been rocked, and the country has now entered a recession. How do you get out of a serious recession? Let’s first remember how we got out of the last one.

The right thing for Jenkins Creek area

Thank you for printing my letter regarding the “horseshoe” of Jenkins Creek west of State Route 18, affectionately known to the Covington City Council as the Notch (Oct. 4, “The ‘Notch’ should be protected, not paved”).

  • Nov 6, 2008

County budget cuts harmful for 4-H and community’s youth

Being a third-generation 4-H member and leader, I am shocked at how King County has treated the 4-H program and now wants to eliminate it altogether.

  • Nov 6, 2008

Note to politicians:Fix problems without spending more

Every time I turn around, it seems another politician has his hand in my pocket. It’s like they think there’s some kind of bottomless well there and as long as I still have pockets, they can keep pumping the well. Bad news, guys, there’s only lint in there and as it is, I had to rent that. There has got to be someone who has my priorities in mind.

  • Oct 23, 2008

I-985 goes down wrong road

Initiative mogul Tim Eyman says that his new ballot measure, Initiative 985, is all about fixing traffic congestion. But unlike, say, meat, there is no USDA inspection for ballot initiatives. Initiatives’ marketing claims aren’t monitored by the Better Business Bureau. No truth-in-advertising restraints apply.

  • Oct 23, 2008

Letter to our readers

Today’s edition of the Reporter is the last of our Saturday print publications. It also is the second of three important milestones in our change to a once-a-week schedule.

  • Oct 10, 2008

Kindness and understanding

Most people, regardless of their political beliefs or stances on America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, support the troops. It goes almost without saying. But it’s said a lot at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, whose members also put action behind their words.

  • Oct 10, 2008

Closing the budget gap

King County is facing the largest budget shortfall in its history. As the budget leadership team for the County Council, we believe there are several belt-tightening moves we can take now to help close that gap – the same tough choices that are being made by millions of households nationwide.

  • Oct 10, 2008

Let’s make all campaign ads true, starting with Gregoire’s

I am writing this letter because I am appalled at these TV ads with adult citizens actually crying about ridiculous attacks about stem cell research, and I want the record set straight.

  • Oct 8, 2008

Tim Eyman: I-985 makes government audits be taken seriously

We’re very proud of Initiative 985’s congestion relief policies. Carpool lanes opened during non-peak hours, traffic lights synchronized to optimize traffic flow, accidents cleared out faster, making it clear that people want reducing traffic congestion to be the top transportation priority, all without raising taxes.

  • Oct 7, 2008

You, too, can be a write-in candidate

Five presidential elections ago, when I was editor of another newspaper, I had my all-time encounter with a fringe candidate.

  • Oct 7, 2008

Purple Lights’ amazing power

For an amazing example of the power of community-based activism, look no further than the Purple Light Nights campaign against domestic violence.

  • Oct 4, 2008

Covington’s ‘Notch’ should be protected, not paved

The Sept. 10 edition of the Reporter was stuffed in the back of the newspaper tube under my mailbox. Before recycling, I took a quick look. Inside there was a very unilateral news article (“Many eyes on comprehensive plan”) by staff writer Kris Hill in favor of having the King County Council vote to move the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to include the “Covington Notch,” which is currently in unicorporated King County.

  • Oct 3, 2008


As the days get shorter. it is especially dark at 6:40 a.m. on Maple Valley Highway/State Route 169. Our junior-high school students wait in the dark and rain for the bus. There is no actual bus stop there, just children standing by the highway. I think in a terrific little community like ours, we ought to be able to find a carpenter or someone who could throw a little bus stop together. Or maybe there is one already built. Surely there is a reader out there who knows where there is a bus stop no longer in use. Or maybe someone has the lumber just lying around?

  • Sep 30, 2008

Print? Digital? We have it covered

The Reporter’s switch to a one-a-week print publication is part of our increased emphasis on our online edition. We aren’t kidding with our recent announcement that, while newspapers in general are sweating over the declining readership of their newsprint products, we’re embracing the Web by devoting more of our focus and resources to digital journalism.

  • Sep 30, 2008

Gregoire’s conflicting version of state budget

In last Saturday’s debate, Governor Christine Gregoire stated that Washington was running an $800 million surplus, while other states were entangled in deficits.

  • Sep 27, 2008