Opinion

Measuring and conserving your energy use is a snap

The great questions I get in my AskAndy@PSE.com e-mail box are one of the things I enjoy most about writing for the Reporter.

  • Jun 20, 2008
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Fireworks show needs some help

Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Meridian for hanging in there with next month’s extravaganza.

  • Jun 20, 2008
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Mattson middle school projects, Reporter issues headed to state archives

Here at the Reporter, we’re proud to say we have something in common with some local students who recently caught the eye of Washington’s secretary of state. Shannelle Cayetano and Alex Hastings can head into their summer break from Mattson Middle School with something extra to be proud of: Their joint history project was chosen from among entries statewide for display at the Washington State Archives in Olympia. Secretary of State Sam Reed, who oversees the archives, formally saluted the pupils and their work as part of 2008 History Day.

  • Jun 19, 2008
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King Co. councilwoman: Quality of life can continue amid budget crisis

This month, the King County executive, along with the sheriff, prosecuting attorney and judges from around the county revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude. This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

  • Jun 19, 2008
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Happy Father’s Day: Studies show kids do better with dads

In this day of artificial insemination, single parenthood and adoption, women can certainly have children without men. So what do dads bring to the picture? Many studies have shown that children do better in just about everything when they have an involved father. From better grades to higher self-esteem, dads have a positive effect on their kids all the up to adulthood.

  • Jun 13, 2008
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Agreed: Law and justice in trouble

King County’s top cop, prosecutor and judges are rightly taking a stand – albeit a natural and plainly obvious one – against proposed budget cuts in the countywide criminal-justice system.

  • Jun 13, 2008
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Major milestone for one and all

My youngest child and only one still in school will be in ninth grade starting next fall, leaving her just four short years from high school. I’m already getting excited about the day she does the gown-and-diploma thing.

  • Jun 9, 2008
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Think again, King County, on biofuel and options

This may surprise you: King County Metro Transit is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange.

  • Jun 9, 2008
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Covington-area libraries’ poetry contest an essential pursuit

Thumbs up to the local libraries for giving a boost to their communities’ poets and the overall literary level. On the surface, it may not seem all that significant that Friends of the Covington Library, Friends of the Black Diamond Library and the Maple Valley Library Guild jointly sponsored a poetry contest. But consider this: In an age when literature sometimes fades in the haze of technology-generated interests, validation of old-fashioned literary pursuits is more than a worthy thing. It’s essential.

  • Jun 9, 2008
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Ron Paul campaign lends excitement to state Republican convention

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious presidential nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town. Instead, the tenacious Ron Paul people, who made up more than a third of the delegates, contested the McCain forces on virtually every front.

  • Jun 9, 2008
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Top-two primary emphasizes the best candidates – period

The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter.

  • Jun 4, 2008
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Grad days better if closer to home

It’s never too late to do some spring cleaning of column items:

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Hail the victors and near-victors

Thumbs up to the repeat state champion tennis player from Kentwood High School, the champion long-jumper from Kentlake High and the near-champion baseball team from Kentlake.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Driver in hit-and-run shows no regard for this pedestrian

I am a 43-year-old male with a beautiful family and am very fortunate. My children and fiance are very wonderful and supportive of me. Especially these days.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Play it safe (wisely) with Lake Meridian

Thumbs up to state officials for taking environmental health warnings about Lake Meridian seriously and not sweeping them under some bureaucratic rug.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Safety first among boaters and canines

Spring is here and summer is one the way at the lakes and parks in our area, so inquiring minds want to know: How are you at handling your dog and your boat?

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Guns in national parks is an issue in politics only

Me thinks there is a political ploy at play.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Spring is sprung, as is columnist Schram

Call this a spring cleaning of column items:

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Cry me a river over Sonics

He lied to us.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Hit the pool today to be safe this summer

Thumbs up to the organizers behind April Pools Day, an an annual, statewide activity that will be marked locally at Covington Aquatic Center today.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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