Opinion

Letters to the editor — March 11, 2020

Family stories are uplifting Thanks to Matthew Nash for sharing his Family Circle with us (“Finding my ‘Family Circus’,” Sequim Gazette, March 4, page A-12).… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2020

Think About It: Stuff happens … be prepared

My first full-time professional job as a registered nurse was as a public health nurse with the Seattle-King County Health Department. I spent a quarter… Continue reading

Guest opinion: This Boeing deal could have ‘clawbacks’ in the ‘snap-back’

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers moved swiftly during a 2013 special legislative session to give the Boeing Co. a lengthy extension of tax incentives… Continue reading

Finding my ‘Family Circus’

Ongoing political debates. Looming ecological threats. It’s hard to escape the uneasiness of some news. As a reporter I often see things at the ground… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Motel hell

Now that you might be quarantined for the entire length of your journey, cruising doesn’t sound as much fun as it used to. I must… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2020

Guest opinion: Brunell’s treatise on Lower Snake River dams is flooded with falsehoods

Don Brunell’s recent column titled “Dams are the Northwest’s Flood Busters” (Sequim Gazette, Feb. 19, page A-10) relies on fear-mongering, rather than facts, to make… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2020

Guest opinion: Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2

Washington and Oregon lawmakers want to end their legislative sessions; however, accounting for the costs of carbon emissions is a major road block. In Salem,… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

Majority Democrats in Olympia last week released their plans to add more than $1 billion to the state’s 2019-21 operating budget that was enacted last… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2020

Guest opinion: Student loan assistance an attractive employer benefit

Employers are looking at additional benefits to help workers who are stressed out over paying rent, transportation and food, and student loans. Even though job… Continue reading

Aging Successfully: I was one of the lucky ones

In last month’s column (January 2020), I wrote about housing concerns. At the end I said this month I would share innovative housing ideas. However,… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2020

CommunityPlus: Emotions and civil political discourse

When emotions run high, is civility or a civil discussion still possible? Why do we find ourselves reacting emotionally to difficult, complex issues? How can… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2020

Think About It: Crash! You’re it!

Following the second or was it the third time my relative’s car was slammed into by an uninsured driver, I started calling my relative’s car… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

In marathon floor sessions lasting late into the evening, including a rare Sunday session in the House, lawmakers approved more than 500 bills this week… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2020

Guest opinion: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

Twenty years ago, West Coast groundfish stocks such as sole and rockfish were in serious trouble. Decades of overfishing had brought their populations to the… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

State lawmakers introduced nearly 4,000 bills over the past two legislative sessions, but as of last this session’s cut-off deadline for voting bills out of… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020

Water Matters: Deluge

This is supposed to be a column focused on water conservation by the local agricultural sector, but with all the rain in January and early… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Parks legislation is a boon for community, economy

Whether I’m backpacking among the alpine country of Hurricane Ridge or the rugged coastline, I can gaze across expansive vistas of Olympic National Park. Here… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2020

How our lawmakers voted

Lawmakers were busy with committee work this week ahead of a Feb. 7 deadline for passing policy bills out of their originating committees. Non-fiscal related… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2020

Think About It: Sound of silence, continued

I bring a heavy heart to writing this, my annual column on sexual abuse in childhood. Some of you may recall I started writing about… Continue reading