Opinion

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

Another election chapter is in the books. But before it is catalogued with its predecessors, here are a couple of key questions ahead of a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

State lawmakers face range of issues in upcoming short, 60-day session

Lawmakers returned to Olympia on Jan. 13 for the 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature. The session is scheduled to end in 60 days,… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2020

Guest column: Supreme Court ruling helps hometown newspapers keep eye on legislators

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2020
Water Matters: Laws of water

Water Matters: Laws of water

The funny thing about water law is that it can seem as fluid as the medium it’s meant to manage. The relatively new state of… Continue reading

Water Matters: Laws of water
From the Back Nine: Here we go again …

From the Back Nine: Here we go again …

Once again, it’s that time for new resolutions. Here are two of mine that won’t cause political fallout among readers right here on the first… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2020
From the Back Nine: Here we go again …

Letters to the editor — Jan. 1, 2020

Consider the evidence for Trump In reference to Tim Wheeler’s letter to the editor (Sequim Gazette, Dec. 13): Wheeler states: “Uphold the Constitution and rule… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2020
Think About It: An impossible year

Think About It: An impossible year

The grand prize-winning photo in Wildlife magazine was a photo of a Central African gorilla. The photographer Anup Shah captured the magnificent animal in a… Continue reading

Think About It: An impossible year
Aging Successfully: An anniversary thank you

Aging Successfully: An anniversary thank you

This month’s column is a special one — at least it is for me. It is holiday time when I could easily write about fun,… Continue reading

  • Dec 25, 2019
Aging Successfully: An anniversary thank you
CommunityPlus: Social media and political discourse

CommunityPlus: Social media and political discourse

How have we come to be so divided that we can barely tolerate, let alone talk with, someone who’s views are not the same as… Continue reading

  • Dec 25, 2019
CommunityPlus: Social media and political discourse
Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill

Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill

Stuck on what gifts to give Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Republican state senators this holiday season? Consider one present they can unwrap together: an… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill
Guest opinion: What you need to know about Tobacco and Vapor 21

Guest opinion: What you need to know about Tobacco and Vapor 21

Washington State is kicking off a big change for the better. As of Jan. 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 — or Tobacco and Vapor… Continue reading

  • Dec 25, 2019
Guest opinion: What you need to know about Tobacco and Vapor 21
Water Matters: Reciprocal gifts

Water Matters: Reciprocal gifts

Did Mother Earth gift you crab to crack or oysters to shuck this season? Fresh delicacies from the cold waters of the Strait are a… Continue reading

Water Matters: Reciprocal gifts
Guest opinion: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced

Guest opinion: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced
Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process

Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process

What will you feel when the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald J. Trump? Relief, satisfaction, frustration, anger? Maybe nothing at all?… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process
Think About It: ‘Walking into a hug’

Think About It: ‘Walking into a hug’

The main room at John Wayne Marina is large enough for most events but wasn’t big enough to hold the grief of so many who… Continue reading

Think About It: ‘Walking into a hug’
Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon

Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are greatly encouraged by Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent commitment to challenge the status quo and take steps needed for… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon
Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining

Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining

In late June 2017, with a partial shut down of government looming, Gov. Jay Inslee reached a deal guaranteeing lawmakers a chance to influence future… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining
From the Back Nine: The Rat Pack

From the Back Nine: The Rat Pack

Nature has decided to gift me this Christmas with rodents. They have merrily worked their way through a smorgasbord of engine wiring. Ho-Humbug-Ho. I whined… Continue reading

  • Dec 4, 2019
From the Back Nine: The Rat Pack
Guest opinion: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls

Guest opinion: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls

Preliminary sales trends from Small Business Saturday show a continuing increase in smartphone purchases even among shoppers patronizing local merchants. According to the Associated Press,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls
Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long. Tim Eyman, the initiative impressario, political provacateur and human heartburn for a generation,… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020