Opinion

Sweet Zags march on | Shiers

One of the country’s finest college basketball programs, Gonzaga prepares for another visit to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, while Washington and Washington State remain… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2018

China now driving car market | Brunell

In the 1950s, America’s “Big Three” automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) were the pacesetters for our industrial dominance. They had the skilled workers, the… Continue reading

Sound Transit sets the course to ease congestion along south corridor

Expansions are under development

  • Mar 21, 2018

Lawmakers toil in playing the game of taxpayer relief

Property tax, car tabs remain a burden

  • Mar 17, 2018

Some green spring cleaning to do | Metzler

Sure, there’s been rain, snow and hail lately, but believe it or not, spring is almost here. Before we know it, it will be time… Continue reading

Ireland: cleaner, greener and more prosperous | Brunell

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is cleaner, greener and more prosperous. Ireland is an island nation roughly… Continue reading

Poor salmon returns expected | Being Frank

As the tribal and state co-managers begin the annual salmon season setting process, the effects of drought and poor ocean conditions over the past few… Continue reading

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