Opinion

On civility and power: Part III

In exploring the relationship between civility and power, this series has sought to explain why we must reject “winning at all costs,” “ends justifying means,”… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2019

Water Matters: Circles and cycles, part II

Last month the topic of this column wasn’t water, but recycling. I gave in to my fascination and wrote about the wicked problem of expanding… Continue reading

Clallam Democrats kick off 2019 membership drive

On Jan. 16, Clallam County Democrats kicked off their 2019 membership drive with a goal of 500 members. The drive’s theme, “Our Strength is in… Continue reading

  • Jan 30, 2019

House passes law enforcement, legislative conduct measures in first floor votes of session

By Franz Wiechers-Gregory Washington Votes State lawmakers took their first recorded votes of this year’s session in the House of Representatives on Jan. 24, passing… Continue reading

  • Jan 30, 2019

How our lawmakers voted

State lawmakers took their first recorded votes of this year’s session in the House of Representatives on Jan. 24, passing a resolution (House Concurrent Resolution… Continue reading

  • Jan 30, 2019

New law on police use of deadly force was three years in the making

Legislators about to pass a bill that will permit officers to kill only in ‘good faith’

Think About It: Lucy has the football

Most of us remember the comic “Peanuts” created by Charles M. Schultz (1922-2000). For those that don’t, and I can’t imagine there are many of… Continue reading

Aging Successfully: Healthy activities for the whole person

A friend who was a psychiatrist told the story of a convent in the Midwest where the nuns lived into their 90s with zero dementia… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019

Governor’s tax proposal, use of force by police are among top issues for committee action in early days of legislative session

Following the Jan. 14 opening of the 2019 legislative session and Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State speech on Jan. 15, state lawmakers are… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019

Guest Opinion: Inslee’s State of the State zeros in on climate change — again

“Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address on Jan. 15. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Boeing hopes to build upon record year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated and within our country, Washington is the… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Next House Speaker will be a woman

Frank Chopp’s reign as speaker of the state House of Representatives will end soon. The Seattle Democrat, the longest serving speaker in state history and… Continue reading

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