Opinion

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

Guest opinion: Move forward on water quality standards

In an unfortunate reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to reconsider our state’s new water quality standards – the most protective in the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: On civility and power, Part II

How can we have civil conversations about complicated issues? What specific steps can we take to restore trust and confidence in our capacity to solve… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Letters to the editor — Dec. 5, 2018

Do right by our youth with new field Nathalie Torres worked hard to become a great soccer player. She began playing when was three years… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Think About It: Light, dark sides of giving

I thought I’d better write this column early in the season, lest I be accused of grinching too close to Christmas and all the other… Continue reading

Guest opinion: A billion here, a billion there …

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms and other Capitol hangouts as it is the amount… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Reducing wildfire risk is imperative

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands. This… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Tribes release habitat recovery strategy

“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” These words… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Costs matter in hiring

While both sides argue over the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter… Continue reading