Lawmakers in Olympia grinding it out

If silence is golden, a lot of wealth is stockpiled in the state Capitol, where lawmakers and the governor are mum on progress in reaching a deal on a new state budget.

  • Jun 17, 2015

Burbank: Perspective on salaries

It’s an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against a strong minimum wage or decent pensions for everyday working people, but don’t even bat an eyelash at big-time CEOs who take home millions of dollars a year or outsource local jobs — especially when the economic evidence for the former, and against the latter, is so strong.

  • Jun 17, 2015

Cooper: Fat chance!

When I was in the fourth grade centuries ago, I would watch the other girls twirl around the bars made from pipes and secured to the ground. I don’t know if girls have bars in elementary school today but it was one of the things girls of my generation did at recess.

Burbank: State makes it easier to save for retirement

When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, be able to take your time waking up in the morning, and go for a walk, a bicycle ride, garden, or just talk to your neighbors and enjoy the local coffee house and tavern.

  • Jun 3, 2015

Cooper: Upon reflection …

Like most big cities, New York City buzzes with people rushing to get somewhere. That is if you are not a tourist lost on the corner of here and there like adventuresome husband and I were recently.

Brunell: Looking at fossil fuels through a different lens

While protesters were trying to block a Shell oil rig from docking in Elliott Bay, a team of surgeons and nurses at Vancouver’s Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital was replacing my left hip. Interestingly, the tools used in both places primarily came from raw materials made from coal, oil and natural gas.

  • May 27, 2015

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk — May 20, 2015

Forgive the gross use of cultural exceptionalism, but Sequim rocks. Well, our festivals do, anyway.

Burbank: The true cost of quality lives

What are the elements of a good quality of life? Good, accessible and affordable health care … being able to pay your bills.

  • May 13, 2015

Cooper: Park … where?

I truly intended to write an insightful, even supportive, column about SARC and its board’s current survival strategy to find a secure home as a Metropolitan Park District.

Random Questions: Megan O’Mera

By now, it’s likely you know Megan O’Mera’s face. The Sequim High School junior is the Sequim Irrigation Festival queen and is heading into her second week of one of the busiest weeks of her young life making appearances, singing and smiling for a lot of photos aside from trying to find time for AP classes and the high school golf team.

  • May 6, 2015

Burbank: No easy fix for state for state education

The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets.

  • May 6, 2015

Cooper: Root cause analyses hurt

Regulations, whether through government, professional bodies or private ruling entities, can be a pain. Health care, my industry, is near the top — if not over the top — with regulation.

Rock Doc: A light fast twice per week may make sense

It certainly sounded like a fad to me. A while ago I caught a program on public television about a medical doctor in Great Britain. Dr. Michael Mosley, like millions in both that country and in the U.S., found that in middle age he needed to lose weight and lower his blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Apr 22, 2015

Brunell: Tax Freedom Day comes later than usual

Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until April 24, every penny we’ve earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes.

  • Apr 22, 2015

A vote for SARC is a vote for community

In a perfect world, with sunshine and lavender aplenty, the Dungeness Valley already would have a broad, user-based Metropolitan Park District. It would make good economic and practical sense to partner with the county and City of Sequim, along with other users of recreational activities throughout the district, like the senior center, pickleball, tennis and soccer players and others. But we do not live in a perfect world right now.

  • Apr 15, 2015

A Metropolitan Park District for Sequim: What problem are we solving?

Recently there has been a community discussion regarding proposals to submit to the voters for their approval a Metropolitan Park District (MPD). In my view the problem we need to solve is that parks and recreation services and facilities in the Sequim community are underfunded and do not meet current needs or expectations.

  • Apr 15, 2015

How did our lawmakers vote?

Senate Bill 5077, proposed 2015-2017 state operating budget; House Bill 1299, Proposed transportation budget for the 2015-2017 biennium; Senate Bill 6088, addressing K-12 education enhancements made by Initiative 1351; Senate Bill 5518, Creating procedures to address campus sexual violence; Senate Bill 5153, Increasing the transparency of campaign contributions

  • Apr 15, 2015

Cooper: Alert – apps replace thinking!

The striking photo of a platinum-like tooth brush against a black background got my attention.

How did our lawmakers vote?

Recent voting scorecard for Sequim-area legislators in Olympia

  • Apr 8, 2015

Burbank: Closing tax loopholes could do a lot of good

Our state’s public structures and services are the oil of our economic engine. From roads to bridges, preschool to college, veterans benefits to senior services, and protections for our air and drinking water, we’re all better off when we invest in strong communities.

  • Apr 8, 2015