Opinion

Guest opinion: Retrieving ocean trash is only first step

People across our planet are increasingly aware of the growing amounts of trash floating in our oceans. While we are finding new ways to collect… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

Following the April 9 deadline for bills to gain approval from the opposite chamber’s fiscal and transportation committees, the focus in Olympia is now on… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019

How our lawmakers voted

The House and Senate passed two separate state operating budget proposals last week. HB 1109, as passed by the House, calls for $52.8 billion in… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2019

Guest opinion: Lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap up their work in Olympia, they should re-examine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable even with… Continue reading

Let the ducks be

Let the ducks be Every time I visit Carrie Blake Park I am stunned by the disrespect people have for the ducks who live there.… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2019

Think About It: My take on thinking

The most offered advice we receive nowadays is to stop thinking. We are advised by religious leaders, gurus, yoga instructors and other wise spiritual leaders… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping is among my favorite pastimes. You should know this in case you are sharing state secrets in the 101 Diner and think you’re going… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Guest opinion: Dems in charge in Olympia, but GOP is helping steer debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

How did our lawmakers vote?

House Democrats last week released their version of the 2019-21 state operating budget. After working late into the night on March 27, the House Appropriations… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Setting the record straight on aquaculture

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has an application before Clallam County to resume shellfish aquaculture in Dungeness Bay. Unfortunately, misinformation has been circulated about the project.… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Water Matters: Charismatic megafauna

Charismatic megafauna: It’s a mouthful. It’s a good start on a haiku. Google reports that it means, “Large animals with symbolic value and widespread popular… Continue reading

Agiing Successfully: Hobby productivity and benefits

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word hobby as a pursuit outside of one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation. What are your hobbies? Ross… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2019

Guest opinion: Trade issues coalesce Washington’s delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages

Think About It: Gut punch to our health care

Sometimes I think that we who flee to the comforts of political sides do so because we don’t have the time, energy and inclination to… Continue reading

Think About It: Puget Sound is not a sewer

We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee flexes political muscle in drive for clean air legislation

In 2015, after another session without procuring a key weapon in his climate change fighting strategy, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee decided to get it done… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

After a key deadline on March 13, the last day to pass policy bills out of their original chamber, only 681 measures out of some… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2019

Daylight saving all the time proposed for Washington state

Residents could have the option to vote on permanent daylight saving time

  • Mar 14, 2019

Guest opinion: Resetting state view on helping those with substance abuse

In opioid epidemic, a lawmaker wants recovery to be on the same pedestal as treatment and prevention