Opinion

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

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