Opinion

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: 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

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

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: 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

Think About It: Highjacked hope

Have you noticed how often politicians refer to kitchen table issues? It’s not as popular as claiming to speak on behalf of the “American people,”… Continue reading

Aging Successfully: Senior appreciation and thank yous

According to the United Nations, one out of every 10 persons is now 60 years old or older. By the year 2050, one out of… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2019

Guest opinion: The socialists of Seattle

When talking about Seattleites, it turns out it’s actually okay to call them Socialists. They are. Not every one of them. Based on results of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Impeachment aside, there’s work to be done

Now that President Trump’s impeachment process is formally underway, Democrats and Republicans need to avoid becoming completely absorbed by it. They must work together on… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Most ballots are counted but the fight over Initiative 976 is far from over. It’s just changing venues. The measure paring the cost of car… Continue reading

Think About It: Word play or punish

I love words. I’ve written about my love for words in this column. I claim the art of using words is a key ingredient to… Continue reading

Being Frank: Salmon coalition a return to cooperation

The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible leadership. We formed the… Continue reading

Water Matters: Local meltdown

Have you ever stood on the smooth top of a glacier? Heli-skiing perhaps? Or maybe you were deposited there by bus during an Alaskan cruise?… Continue reading

Guest opinion: ‘Greatest Generation’ quickly slipping into history

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: Dead zone

The other day, my hair stylist complained about the dead zone at the back of my head. While I assume there is one, growing as… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2019

Guest opinion: Farmland preservation plan worthy of our support

I’m no fan of taxes or tax increases, and firmly believe government takes too much already. But once in a great while a tax proposal… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2019

Think About It: Let nature take its

I’ve had a few occasions to drive a fair distance during this fall season of ours. Certain parts of my travel have caught my breath… Continue reading

Guest opinion: It is time to talk about our national debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay… Continue reading

Guest opinion: The wildfire season that wasn’t

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for West Coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are… Continue reading

Think About It: Halloween Story 2115

This is scary. It’s a ghost story. I just wish I wasn’t the ghost. But I couldn’t really expect to be around for 100 more… Continue reading