Opinion

Blast from the past returns | Shiers

Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Mariners after the club signed the 44-year-old, free agent outfielder to a one-year deal. The iconic Mariner adds depth… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2018

A year in review and a look ahead for KCLS | Guest op

Every spring, King County Library System presents its annual report to the board of trustees. Our year in review is a compilation of stories, statistics,… Continue reading

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics | Brunell

It was hard to get excited about the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the… Continue reading

Lawmakers look to reduce what they increased | The Petri Dish

Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space: “This may… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2018

Military leaders can transform education | Brunell

Do good military commanders make good education leaders? That is a question Montana’s Higher Education Commission will answer in the coming years. However, if the… Continue reading

Cities balancing budgets with fees | Brunell

State considering additional taxes

Five reasons to love your recycling driver | WM

How sweet it is! February is the month for love, for reminding friends and family just how much we care. But what about the folks… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2018

Hirst ‘fix’ is the wrong move | Being Frank

In a hasty move to “fix” the Hirst ruling, the state Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are writing a bad check on our limited water… Continue reading

Washington’s carbon tax differs from B.C. | Brunell

In Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing lawmakers to enact a new tax on carbon gas emissions before the legislature adjourns on March 8. Inslee… Continue reading

The 3 personas of President Trump | Elfers

“And will the real Donald Trump please stand up?” These famous words originated from the old game show, “To Tell the Truth,” which aired beginning… Continue reading

Message from new KCLS director

As the new director of the King County Library System, I am excited to relocate to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and am honored to be… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

John Spellman: best leader for tough times | Brunell

Too often, virtues and accomplishments of quiet leaders go unsung. Such is the case with John Spellman, a former Washington governor and King County executive,… Continue reading

What’s the tab? | Shiers

The cost to renew your car tabs in our state remains excessively high and funding public transit projects.… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2018

China’s sword policy cutting deep into recycling | Brunell

Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower… Continue reading

Ecosystem out of balance | Being Frank

Urging ways to improve our regional habitat

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Eyman vows to rebound from setbacks | The Petri Dish

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to get… Continue reading

  • Jan 4, 2018

Recycling resolutions for a greener 2018 | Metzler

It’s the most optimistic time of the year. The gyms are packed, classes are at capacity, and we’re all making lists of ambitious goals to… Continue reading

  • Jan 4, 2018