Customer satisfaction is job one | Brunell

It may take United Airlines years to overcome the public relations nightmare of a doctor being dragged off an overbooked flight by Chicago police. That… Continue reading

How wet can it get? | Shiers

The Seattle area continues to toil in moisture. For the third consecutive year, the area is well above average in rain totals, with April rainfall… Continue reading

Building bridges or mending them? | Guest op

By Irma Fritz/for the Auburn Reporter Lately we have been speaking of building bridges. What can a city, state, church or community do to help… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2017

Distractive driving goes beyond the law | Brunell

While state lawmakers work to bridge major differences in the budget, they agreed our distractive driving laws need stiffening. Companion bills sponsored by Sen. Ann… Continue reading

Pushing for more ballot drop boxes | The Petri Dish

In the stack of bills awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature is what one supporter described as the “most progressive democracy measure” emerging from the… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2017

A tiny little squiggle of ink | Beckley

Ah, the Oxford comma. It’s just a tiny little squiggle of ink, but there’s an endless debate over its necessity and use. Just last month,… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2017

Project on ‘pay-by-mile’ approach to fund transportation infrastructure seeks volunteers | Guest analysis

By Reema Griffith/executive director, Washington State Transportation Commission Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2017

Our chance is now to fully fund education | Guest op

By Harium Martin-Morris/For the Auburn Reporter We are at a pivotal moment in reinventing our state’s public schools. Washingtonians have a once in a lifetime… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2017

Vivid tube world just a yardstick away | Dennis Box

A moment of memory fell on me during one of the staff meetings when I was supposed to be paying attention to whatever I was… Continue reading

Lawmakers brace for overtime in Olympia | The Petri Dish

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2017

Creating energy from our garbage? That’s a bright idea | Metzler

Washington residents are really good at recycling. We recycle nearly 50 percent of our waste, well above the national average of 34.6 percent. That’s something… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2017

Time to get serious on REAL ID compliance | Guest op

By state Reps. Mark Hargrove and Matt Shea/For the Reporter If you enjoy spending long hours in line at the DOL or being forced to… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2017

Entrepreneurs remain the key America’s success | Brunell

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue which fund… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2017

What can hunters and anglers learn from an income tax debate? | Guest op

By Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn/For the Reporter In nature, animals blend into their surroundings to avoid predators and capture prey. Deer will blend into the… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2017

Lawmakers face a jigsaw puzzle in trying to fully fund education | The Petri Dish

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with a nod… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2017

Lessons learned from demise of Northwest aluminum industry | Brunell

Driving east along State Route 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams. It is already a high water year with… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2017

State carbon tax would be harmful | Brunell

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn is the so-called “carbon tax.” However, Gov. Jay… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2017

Some lawmakers want to take away popular property tax limit | GUEST OP

By Paul Guppy, Washington Policy Center’s vice president for research With so much commotion happening in our national government, it is reassuring to know one… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

The secret in the classroom revealed | Box

Cellphones have become the talk of the town in Washington, D.C. with suspicion of talking to and listening to whom. Twitter tattling took over the… Continue reading