A common goal

What do weeds in Lake Wilderness and the search for a new Kent School District superintendent have in common? Answer: Average Joes and Josephines can have a big say in how both are handled.

  • Sep 26, 2008

King County’s Medic One is worth every cent

Taxpayers like to know that they’re getting their money’s worth from the public agencies that spend it. So check out the bargain that Medic One delivers.

  • Sep 23, 2008

All right, all you 55-plus women out there! Are we re

All right, all you 55-plus women out there! Are we ready to make a difference in this presidential campaign? Can we set aside the more conservative tendencies many of us have developed since our hippie days?

  • Sep 22, 2008

Palin’s critics are taking hypocrisy to a new level

I understand why some people oppose John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and why they disagree with her. But I’m astonished at the brazen hypocrisy of liberals (most of them women) who are seething with anger and hatred towards her. I’ve been around politics for 30 years, and I’ve never seen such unhinged hypocrisy in all my life.

  • Sep 20, 2008

Rave reviews for the Arts Center

The new Creative Arts Center officially opened last weekend (see related photo on page 3 of today’s Reporter) with an open house on Saturday and an invitation-only shindig the day before. And the revoews are good for the center, with its performance stage, space for art workshops and its gallery and studio for local artists.

  • Sep 19, 2008


All over this state, you have evidence that children are in need of being cared for by their own relatives. Instead, most kids are placed into foster care, where they don’t get the love and attention they should have, which creates dissociative disorders they carry the rest of their lives. These kids have grown up now, and more and more there are parents today that aren’t fit parents – yet they are protected by the state of Washington due to not updating their codes in the law.

  • Sep 16, 2008

When will businesses go after greener pastures?

Is Washington truly friendly to businesses? It depends on whom you ask.

  • Sep 16, 2008

I’m what you need: A president who can read

I suppose this is coming a bit late in the game, but I don’t have much going on right now. So I have decided to run for president.

  • Sep 13, 2008

Washington Legislature | Limit on higher taxes and spending is too shaky

Washington’s voters have consistently voiced a desire to restrict the ability of government officials to unduly raise their tax burden. Initiative 601, passed by voters in 1993, required not only a strict spending limit and a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes, but also voter approval of any tax increase in excess of the state spending limit.

  • Sep 12, 2008


Simpson is focused on working families

  • Sep 12, 2008

The case for schools

Education is the lifeblood of a free and democratic society. In today’s global, competitive economy, we must provide children access to education that prepares them to succeed in a world where technology evolves each and every day.

  • Sep 10, 2008

Reader Feedback

Thank you for the amazing article written by Erick Walker about the Tahoma High School gymnastics team’s car wash. Thanks to the article and the help of many others, the car wash was a great success. The team washed over 20 cars and raised more than $400. As a surprise, the Millwork Outlet matched our earnings, which gave us a grand total of $825. Again, I would like to thank the Reporter for helping make this event a huge success. Thank you for all you do in our community.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Washington voters will pick Obama and Rossi

Election day is still a couple months away, but I’m ready to make some predictions on how our state will vote. I think Washington will cast its votes for Democrat Barack Obama for president and Republican Dino Rossi for governor. Here’s why:

  • Sep 9, 2008

Simpson-Hargrove race warming up

The most heated local contest this election season is between state Rep. Geoff Simpson and Mark Hargrove. Here’s an example.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Lower gas prices wouldn’t be as good as they sound

George Kelley’s letter (“Like oil and water,” Aug. 27, Reporter) demanding that the American public pressure congressional representatives to begin immediate offshore (and land) drilling in order to lower the record high gas prices is perhaps well-intentioned, but very misguided and prone to oversimplification.

  • Sep 6, 2008


What’s the future hold for the local AARP chapter?

  • Sep 5, 2008

Maple Valley students need less handouts, more work

Gone are the days when the common man or woman was ashamed to take a handout It was with downcast eyes that men stood in line at the soup kitchens. Back then, there were understandable reasons for someone to experience hard times. The stock market crash, the drought and resulting Dust Bowl, and war to mention a few.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Time to pay heed to campaigners

If politics were boxing - and sometimes it certainly seems that way - then we have finished with the sparing and its now time for the main event. In other words, the general election will be nothing like the primary.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Why it’ll be tougher this time for Burner, Gregoire

When the early vote totals were announced after Aug. 19’s primary election, it looked like good news for the Democrats. Governor Gregoire was beating Dino Rossi by about four and a half percentage points and heading toward 50 percent of the total vote. Darcy Burner was running just a couple of points behind the 8th District incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert and gaining ground fast.

  • Aug 30, 2008

No more Mr. Nice Guy for car thefts

Satterberg, bringing to a meeting of the Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce the good crimebusting news he’s been sharing with similar audiences countywide, noted the Legislature finally wised up to a state law that required a car thief to be convicted of the crime seven times before being sent to jail. And even, a six-month sentence was the norm. The law has been rewritten so it now packs sentences of at least 17 months behind bars after three convictions and longer terms for subsequent convictions.

  • Aug 29, 2008