From the Back Nine: Mr. Fudge vs. the Cupcake Couple

To sell my books, I often attend arts and crafts shows. There are basically two types; some are local with ‘juried’ artisans. My experience is… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2020

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

With a third of the legislative session nearly gone, lawmakers are starting to focus on matters of most importance. Exactly what are those? With 1,341… Continue reading

How our lawmakers voted

At this legislative session’s fourth week, state lawmakers in both chambers took time for lengthy floor debates week to pass several bills. The Senate debated… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2020

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Defiant, determined Matt Shea poised for victory lap

Matt Shea can’t take a victory lap around the state Capitol quite yet. But the Republican representative from Spokane Valley can certainly start stretching his… Continue reading

Think About It: Truth or dare

It seems that any person, presentation or speech labeled “political” takes on its own set of rules, a set that doesn’t have to include facts… Continue reading

Aging Successfully: A fresh New Year? Not always

A new year is the perfect time for fresh new beginnings. It provides the opportunity to reassess our life’s journey and to make any desired… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2020

Guest opinion: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard

Gov. Jay Inslee badly wants a clean fuels standard in Washington state. He came close nine months ago but legislation he embraced and House Democrats… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Restoring civil political discourse

Are we willing to take the steps required to restore civil political discourse? Are we ready to make the hard choices necessary to re-assert and… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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