Opinion

Guest opinion: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

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: Dams are the Northwest flood busters
Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

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

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

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

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

Water Matters: Deluge

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

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
From the Back Nine: Mr. Fudge vs. the Cupcake Couple
Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

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

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

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

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

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

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

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

Think About It: Truth or dare
Aging Successfully: A fresh New Year? Not always

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
Aging Successfully: A fresh New Year? Not always
Guest opinion: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard

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: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard
Guest opinion: Restoring civil political discourse

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: Restoring civil political discourse
Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

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

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

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

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

Water Matters: Laws of water