Opinion

Guest opinion: Dems topping GOP in primary election

The Grand Old Party endured a good old-fashioned butt-whupping on primary night. Now, Republican leaders in the Legislature must come up with a stunning counter-punch… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Lost in space

Even our cats are crabby — although I fail to see any reason they should be. These two have everything they need at their claw… Continue reading

 

American giving surpassed $400 billion

Believe it or not, there is good news to report these days. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, last year Americans donated… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Teacher compensation is on the rise

Teacher salaries are soaring … as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge… Continue reading

Water Matters: Drought by the numbers, 180 and 120 cfs

A cubic-foot-per-second (cfs) is a measure of stream flow equivalent to about 7.5 gallons passing a point each second. It’s 450 gallons each minute and… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: The Long Haul, Surviving As a caregiver (part two)

This is the continuation of my thoughts on surviving as a caregiver, if your loved one faces a long haul in a nursing home. Four:… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

Think About It: Gifts of grief unbounded

Breaking news interrupts the newscast — as it often does — and my Saturday afternoon ironing. I mentally gear for yet another announcement of presidential… Continue reading

Dungeness River Management Team celebrates three decades of collaboration

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Dungeness River Management Team has been nationally-recognized for its work in cooperative resolution of watershed issues, and collaborating… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2018

Guest opinion: Firearms and … warning labels?

Back in 1965, with mounting evidence of the ill effects of smoking, Congress decided every pack of cigarettes should come with a few words of… Continue reading

Think About It: Build it and they will come

And they have. But first, husband Paul and I are celebrating the exact anniversary date of our arrival in Sequim 20 years ago on the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Cooperation key to salmon recovery

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson didn’t have to take the culvert case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead of continuing the state’s… Continue reading

Watter Matters: History matters

In my last column I indulged in banter about the passage of time. Now, we’re diving deep and I hope you’ll join me … On… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: The Long Haul, Surviving As a caregiver (part one)

Following a long illness at home, my husband was in a nursing home for four years until his death (he had most of the nastier… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2018

Guest opinion: Newsprint tariff a threat to jobs, information

“I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” — Roger Branigin, 1962 One wonders if Branigin, an attorney who three years… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2018

Guest opinion: Washington state’s mental health system is overwhelmed

The state is paying millions of dollars a year in sanctions because it’s unable to evaluate the mental health competency of jailed defendants in a… Continue reading

Think About It: Women and children first

July Fourth, 2018, Independence Day, the 242nd anniversary of the birth of our nation, an intentional democracy designed to be governed by the people and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Prep for ‘meaningful’ presidential primary

Washington state may have a meaningful presidential primary in 2020. If it happens, Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul will be among those to thank. Last… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Role models are among us

Too often, our sons and daughters tend to look for role models in lofty places and many become disillusioned by the bad behavior some of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach

Last week, Seattle’s City Council did an “about face” revoking the onerous corporate head tax it unanimously enacted less than one month ago. Its city… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Tribes celebrate the return of salmon

Every spring and summer, many tribes throughout the region celebrate the return of the salmon and the beginning of salmon fishing season. My tribe, the… Continue reading