Opinion

Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020 – our next presidential election year. The swamp that… Continue reading

Proposed wall along the border dividing a country

The partial government shutdown started on Friday, Dec. 21 at midnight. The issue is over money to build a border wall between the U.S. and… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Tax change would bring in more money, but where would it go?

Many Democratic lawmakers may warm to the tax change but not the diversion of dollars

  • Dec 27, 2018
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Dawgs, Cougs get ready for their bowl battles

Pac-12 schools hope to bring home wins

  • Dec 27, 2018

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is hiking solo on what seems an impossible mission. The Lake Stevens Democrat is trying to stitch together political support for… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2018

Reporter newspaper group moving offices to Federal Way

Dear reader As 2018 comes to an end, your local media organization is looking forward to a new chapter. As of Dec. 28, five of… Continue reading

  • Dec 14, 2018

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 session

In an annual rite, lawmakers are already putting bills in the hopper they want to debate next year.

  • Dec 13, 2018

Inslee for president? | Shiers

Governor hasn’t officially said anything amid the rumors

  • Dec 12, 2018

Good economic news sprinkled with caution | Brunell

The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it… Continue reading

Dear Hannah: answers to your holiday recycling conundrums | WM

There’s no time like the holidays for pushing our homes to the limits. Big meals, big family gatherings, big decorating projects … and maybe the… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Cost, availability of health care poses a primary concern | Brunell

When Congress convenes next year, lawmakers must focus on the cost and quality of health care. In November, voters made it clear, health care was… Continue reading

From early indications, Gov. Jay Inslee may be making a run at the presidency in 2020. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Is Inslee about to prep for presidential run?

Can a little known Thoroughbred from the Pacific Northwest capture the 2020 derby of Democratic presidential candidates? It sure looks like Jay Inslee is saddling… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018
From early indications, Gov. Jay Inslee may be making a run at the presidency in 2020. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

When $50 billion isn’t enough to pay all the state’s bills, needs

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms and other Capitol hangouts as it is the amount… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2018

Reducing wildfire risk imperative | Brunell

Federal, state lawmakers must not only address wildfire suppression, but prevention

  • Nov 29, 2018

Plenty at stake in the Palouse

Huskies, Cougars play for Pac-12 title game spot, major bowl and state bragging rights

  • Nov 20, 2018

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

Vote ‘yes’ for small business and #ShopSmall on Saturday

Your spending dollars count for local merchants

  • Nov 20, 2018

Tribes release habitat recovery strategy

“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” These words… Continue reading

Trump helped erase voter complacency

Young voters turned out in massive numbers

Costs matter in hiring | Brunell

While both sides argue the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter into… Continue reading