Opinion

Guest opinion: Ruling strengthens habitat protection

A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling has strengthened a state law aimed at protecting the waters, shorelines and streambanks essential to salmon recovery. The ruling… Continue reading

Think About It: Bowled over

I am not someone anyone could possibly call a football fan, but I am a football loyalist. By that I mean I root for and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Significant portion of legislative spotlight falls on Sound Transit

Sound Transit should count on getting a share of attention from state lawmakers in the upcoming session. Car tab relief is one topic. How directors… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020—our next presidential election year. The swamp that candidate Donald… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Jan. 2, 2019

Appreciation for caring arm of law I would like to both thank and commend Sequim Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies who were… Continue reading

Watter Matters: Circles and cycles, Part 1

If your bandwidth for crises isn’t overwhelmed, you may be aware there’s a recycling crisis going on right now. The vast quantities of recyclables that… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Taking out the trash

Among my Christmas goodies, I received a dirty-word adult coloring book from Sis and a B—-H shopping bag from a close friend. I think I… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2019

Guest opinion: Inslee touts revived, reformed, repurposed tax plan

An old idea for boosting tax receipts is getting revived and repurposed for 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee is suggesting a new way of assessing the… Continue reading

Think About It: Happy New Year … or not

I am mustering up good will for the new year. Yes, that’s the word that comes to mind: “mustering.” The verb mustering, as defined by… Continue reading

Aging successfully/Learning as we go: Good riddance to old labels

According to the 2010 Census, on April 1, 2010, there were 40.3 million people age 65 and older living in the United States. This is… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018

Guest opinion: Good economic news sprinkled with caution

The good news is Washington state’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State Sen. floats carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is hiking solo on what seems an impossible mission. The Lake Stevens Democrat is trying to stitch together political support for… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 session

In an annual rite, lawmakers are already putting bills in the hopper they want to debate next year. With the 2019 session rapidly approaching, lawmakers… Continue reading

Guest opinion: We’re finding common ground for salmon

The strength of the late Billy Frank Jr.’s vision and leadership is once again being called upon to help recover salmon in western Washington. Habitat,… Continue reading

Think About It: Christmas for creatures

Little is known about creatures’ Christmases. Years of observations have led me to the conclusion that creatures do indeed celebrate Christmas. There is no special… Continue reading

WashingtonVotes looks ahead to state legislature’s 2019 session

Washington state lawmakers will meet for the scheduled 105-day regular session beginning on Monday, Jan. 14. Their main responsibility will be to adopt a two-year… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee eyeing a run at the White House

Can a little known thoroughbred from the Pacific Northwest capture the 2020 derby of Democratic presidential candidates? It sure looks like Gov. Jay Inslee is… Continue reading

Water Matters: Sustainability

This Monday evening there were at least two winners … the Seahawks impressed and Sequim City Council heard all the good work staff is doing… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Unexpected pride

I’ve been thinking about Pride. Not a pride of lions, or “Pride and Prejudice,” or gay pride, or Pride Dog Food. I mean the kind… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018