Opinion

Expanded Panama Canal among challenges for Washington ports | BRUNELL

The $5.4 billion spent to expand the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports; however, it is putting more… Continue reading

Complex McCleary Rubik’s Cube testing lawmakers | The Petri Dish

Any day now lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have spent months twisting and turning the major… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Voters to decide if state’s new laws measure up | The Petri Dish

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Massive fires increasing wood prices | Brunell

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber… Continue reading

People coming together is silver lining to Hurricane Harvey | Brunell

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey.… Continue reading

Mitigate massive wildfires danger | Brunell

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 Western States. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range… Continue reading

End lawmakers’ exemption from public records law | Our Corner

By The Herald Editorial Board Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature passed its operating budget – as well as its latest spending plan to… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Lawmakers’ last challenge? Water rights | The Petri Dish

Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the evening it… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Impact of Hirst decision must be addressed | Brunell

In Washington, the legislative stalemate over permitting new household wells and the state’s construction budget has not only delayed needed funding for public projects, but… Continue reading

Cold war in Olympia: capital budget, water rights bill tied up | The Petri Dish

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

No place in our waters for Atlantic salmon | Being Frank

All Atlantic salmon fish farms in Puget Sound should be closed and future expansion plans scrapped following the Aug. 19 escape of thousands of the… Continue reading

Atlantic salmon must go | Being Frank

The backlash against Atlantic salmon farms in Western Washington continues to grow as more than 100,000 of the non-native fish remain unaccounted for following the… Continue reading

Legal battle continues in effort to fund public education | The Petri Dish

When the legal battle on education funding returns to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 24, the leader of Washington’s public school system will… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

State’s new distracted driving law going too far? | The Petri Dish

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is annoying folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Players taking a knee hurting the NFL | Brunell

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Portland, a young woman stepped onto the playing field at the beginning of the University of Montana vs. Portland… Continue reading

King County Library System – a cradle of democracy | Guest op

On Nov. 3, 1942, a shared vision of democratic ideals and equal access to information became reality when King County voters approved the formation of… Continue reading

  • Nov 3, 2017

Two simple words can help regional tech diversify its workforce | ORR

Two breathtakingly simple words can help regional tech grow and diversify its workforce: community college. At the time of writing, a whopping 26 out of… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2017

The influential coach I needed – and remember | GUEST OP

Almost every star athlete has a story about a coach who was a major influence in their success. But what about the kids who aren’t… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2017

Amazon’s plan reminiscent of Boeing’s Chicago move | Brunell

Last year, Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates wrote about the similarities and differences between Boeing’s corporate office move to Chicago and Amazon’s plan for… Continue reading

Rylands the choice for District 31 | GUEST OP

By Brian L. Gunn/for the Auburn Reporter The general election this November here in the 31st Legislative District is about much more than a chance… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2017