Opinion

Take that, you gypsy moths

Bloodthirsty mosquitoes aren’t the only evil-doers in the insect family that can put a damper on what’s left of our summer. There’s also the gypsy moth.

  • Aug 1, 2008

Let’s take on the danger of drowsy driving

In the early-morning hours of July 18, 2006, an 18-year-old Issaquah woman made a series of personal choices. These choices brought near-death and lifelong pain to our daughter, Mora Haggerty Shaw.

  • Jul 26, 2008

Kent School District faces budget the same as a family does

The Kent School District’s Board of Directors, administration and staff are committed to providing the best educational experience possible to successfully prepare our children for their future.

  • Jul 25, 2008
Bears like this one that stray into the Covington and Maple Valley areas are trapped humanely and returned to the wild.

Doing right by wild neighbors

When a bear goes over the mountain, it sometimes ends up where it – and the people it encounters – wish it wasn’t. Thankfully, the state Fish and Wildlife Department takes a humane and reasoned approach to corralling bears, a point that was driven home by a Reporter Newspapers report last Wednesday.

  • Jul 25, 2008
Bears like this one that stray into the Covington and Maple Valley areas are trapped humanely and returned to the wild.

New countywide landlord law helps fight druggies

Recently, you may have heard about two of my favorite constituents, Tom and Florence Pruitt. Florence has become infamous around these parts for her remarks that drug dealers “moved across the street from the wrong grandma.” These words capped off a very successful press event where I, along with the Pruitts and Sheriff Sue Rahr, announced new legislation targeting drug homes in unincorporated King County.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Gotta love the local free parking

Lots of things make Covington and Maple Valley better cities than such stalwarts as Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and New York City – one of which is that you don’t have to pay to park your car here.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Fat-free comes with a heavy price in our communities

A recent study underscores the fact that good health isn’t just a matter of personal choice for Americans. It’s tied – in some cases, painfully so - to income levels and geography.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Forum

As community representatives, we, the residents in the Fouir Corners neighborhood, do not believe that the information provided by Puget Sound Energy to address community concerns over current sub-station site selection, alternative site locations and affects on property value are adequate, relevant and-or accurate.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Vanpools rising with bus fares

Thumbs up to the people who are choosing Metro’s vanpools as a way to make their daily commutes, making life on the highways a little easier and the environment a little healthier for everybody else.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Maple Valley neighborhood Katesridge knows the way to celebrate freedom

The Fourth of July isn’t only about pausing to reflect on our considerable history. It’s also about having fun, being inspired and celebrating our remarkable freedoms with friends and family. I just want to share the amazing Fourth of July spirit our Katesridge neighborhood here in Maple Valley demonstrates every year.

  • Jul 17, 2008

And now some more about Covington’s utility tax: From a constituent …

My article in the Reporter June 25 (“Unexpected and unwanted ‘bonus’ in city’s utility tax”) stirred things up a bit. I do like to do that, but in this case, the conclusions were wrong.

  • Jul 16, 2008

Planning for Maple Valley must be democratic process

This article is in response to the misleading and inaccurate article submitted to the Reporter by Maple Valley City Councilman Noel Gerken (July 5, “Maple Valley’s future hinges on Four Corners planning”).

  • Jul 11, 2008

Another council shift in Covington

There has always been a question about whether public constituencies are better-served with long-standing elected officials or steady, even unexpected turnover. Residents of Covington are about to test the latter scenario for the second time in less than a year.

  • Jul 11, 2008

Take advantage of new King County animal shelter hours | Editorial

Sometimes the solutions to a problem are as plain as the whisker on a cat’s face. King County’s animal control program has a devil of a time finding new owners for the homeless pets that end up at the animal shelter. There aren’t enough owners to go around. That’s why the agency continually pleads with the public to adopt a cat or dog – even rabbits.

  • Jul 9, 2008

Covington Verizon tax — there’s a way out | Forum

I’ve recently been reading the letters to the editor regarding the Covington utility tax that non-city residents are having to pay through their Verizon bills. I no longer pay the Covington city sales tax or the effect of city tax to the city of Covington. I wrote in to let all of you that have Verizon as your wireless provider know how I did this.

  • Jul 9, 2008

Maple Valley’s future hinges on Four Corners planning

Maple Valley is at a crossroads. We can continue planning for a bright future of a central shopping and gathering place, including a Main Street, or we can continue to be known for old strip malls and business parks and a lack of restaurants and needed retail stores.

  • Jul 5, 2008

Too many will feel budget cut pain

Thank you to staff writer Kris Hill for reporting on the alarming King County budget shortfall. (June 11, “Law and justice ‘in trouble’”). In addition to the cuts in the criminal justice system that were noted (about 80 percent of the general fund budget), there is a proposal that all health and human-service funding (the other 20 percent of the budget) be eliminated in three years.

  • Jul 4, 2008

Think you know your U.S. history?

How well do you, your family and friends know your country’s history? Take the following quiz and find out. Could make for some interesting conversations during the July 4th holiday weekend.

  • Jul 4, 2008

Big businesses show big hearts

Thumbs up to a couple of major retail companies – Wal-Mart andHome Depot – for putting their money where their mouth is when they say they have local communities at heart.

  • Jul 4, 2008

Customers will get what they want from PSE merger

And I thought the weather got people riled up. Going from meteorology to the energy industry put me in stormy seas. Puget Sound Energy, my new employer, is merging with some Canadian pension funds and New York and Australian investors. Until now, I would have thought Canadian pension funds were as alarming as Melba toast, and Crocodile Dundee seemed like a fun guy. New York is another story. But this merger is causing a ripple, mostly due to myths about what it means to you and me and everyone who pays a utility bill.

  • Jul 2, 2008