Opinion

Guest opinion: Car tab issue may be back on table

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Growing resistance to corporate incentives

The circumstances leading to Amazon’s decision to scrap its New York City project are trends corporate leaders need to examine closely. There are cultural and… Continue reading

 

How our lawmakers voted

After cancellation of hearings due to extreme weather and road conditions earlier in the week, state lawmakers returned to a full schedule of committee hearings… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

 

Being Frank: Proposed state budget underfunds culvert replacement

Treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned that Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-year $54 billion budget now before the state Legislature will not adequately fund culvert… Continue reading

Guest column: Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found.

Guest opinion: Student debt draining retired income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal… Continue reading

Think About It: The sound of silence

At first, I thought the greyness I felt was January, the dead of winter, the greyness of the sky, the straw-colored landscape and the still… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Yes, I am afraid of ghosts

If you use social media or trend-speak, you are probably familiar with the concept of “ghosting.” It’s when someone cuts off communication with you without… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2019

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