Tough times at Microsoft? | Groshart

How tough is the economy? We wonder.Last week Microsoft announced it was laying off 1,400 workers immediately and would lay off up to a total… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2009

Responsible, caring teachers remain keepers of the dream | Backstrom

One virtue that separates America from the rest of the world is our commitment to public education for all.Education always has been the great equalizer… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2009

Seattle’s tunnel will cost us, too | Groshart

We've always suspected some elected officials of having tunnel vision. How right we were.The latest example is the "deal" to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2009

Lessons D’s can learn from R’s

With the Legislature now meeting in Olympia, and Barack Obama preparing his inaugural address, now might be a good time to recall two epic misadventures… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2009

Legislators on the hot seat

In a few days, the Legislature will convene and face one of the worse budget shortfalls in state history. How it approaches this task will… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2009

Some ’09 predictions: More UW wins, more fighting in Olympia

Would anyone have predicted last January that the stock market would plunge from 13,000 to 8,500 by year’s end?That the Huskies would be the only… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2009

I wish to praise the work of the City of Auburn worker

I wish to praise the work of the City of Auburn workers who have been working tirelessly to keep our streets passable.

  • Jan 2, 2009

Finding peace while living with the painful past

For many years, the nightmare haunted Trish Treece.

  • Jan 2, 2009

It appears liberalism lost some ground

At year’s end, an intriguing political irony has emerged. The Democrats won the national and local elections, but liberalism appears to have lost. Let’s start… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2008

2008: For many, a bumpy, painful year to forget

A down-on-his-luck man in tattered clothes stood outside an Auburn grocery store, helpless against the frigid night, holding out a feeble hand.

TV media wins in bad weather


  • Dec 26, 2008

Seeing pain, anguish through a child’s eyes

While walking through the parking lot of our local mall, I witnessed a scene that bothers me to this day.

  • Dec 24, 2008

Would design, open space and culture be considered in building a new high school?

The Auburn School Board was expected to pass a resolution this past Monday to put a $239 million bond measure on the March 10 ballot that includes, among its many options, tearing down the current Auburn High School and replacing it with a building south of the current one.

  • Dec 22, 2008

Facing the truth, and the music about auto crisis

Way Scarff is no activist, just a concerned businessman who understands “Main Street,” the automobile industry and how important a long-standing family-held dealership can be to a tight-knit community.

Scrooge is politically correct

What is going on in this state? Voters elect a “tax and spend” governor who has run up a projected debt of billions.

  • Dec 19, 2008

Crying foul over fire station

The citizens of Auburn might not be aware, but there will soon be built a $5 million Taj Mahal fire station to be located on the most southeasterly border of the city. This station is supposedly being built to service the Lakeland Hills area. Are there really that many calls in the Lakeland area to warrant this type of expense?

  • Dec 19, 2008