Getting the results of IQ tests can leave one in sticker shock

Last year, after one of this area’s odd and paralyzing snowstorms, I watched a very dumb guy in a very fancy SUV suddenly whip around the traffic in front of him and barrel at breakneck speed up an icy hill.

  • Dec 19, 2008

The military: Learning from America’s most influential educator

If you have a loved one serving in the U.S. military this holiday season, you understand the sacrifices of a military career.

  • Dec 17, 2008

Why are low gas prices bad?

Most people who read this column drive, so here’s an early Christmas present:Log onto seattlegasprices.com and you’ll find the lowest price of gasoline in your… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2008

Gregoire budget cartoon: Bad to the bone

That was an interesting editorial cartoon (“Chez Gregoire” and the state budget, Auburn Reporter, Dec. 3).

  • Dec 12, 2008

Christmas chaos at the Capitol

What a mess.A celebration of holiday traditions during the festive season has instead become a free fire zone in the culture wars.To recap: For nearly… Continue reading

  • Dec 11, 2008

Debunking education myths, urging others to do more for children | Walter Backstrom

The average African-American high school senior has the academic skills equal to the average white seventh-grader, according to Jonathan Kozol, an author, educator and activist.

  • Dec 10, 2008

Valley Medical doing its part to stop, prevent MRSA infections

The Seattle Times recently launched a three-part investigative series titled “Culture of Resistance” regarding the protocols of Washington State hospitals to control MRSA: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, an antibiotic-resistant form of the common staph germ.

  • Dec 9, 2008

Trying to get to the bottom of car-top catapulting disasters

It was a dark and stormy night. Plenty of lousy novels have begun that way, so why not a lousy column?

  • Dec 8, 2008

Let’s consider leaving no retiree’s double-dipping paycheck behind

Each day it seems as if our budget deficit for Washington grows exponentially.

  • Dec 3, 2008

Making an impact

I am so thankful this holiday. What a wonderful place Auburn is to live and raise a family.

  • Dec 1, 2008

Our state needs to stay in the race for trained workers

In the debate over our state’s budget woes an important fact is too often ignored. During an economic downturn there is no wiser investment for our state to make than in higher education.

  • Dec 1, 2008

Discovering different sleeping positions is worth further study | Pat Cashman

Here’s a headline for you: “A NEW STUDY HAS COME OUT!” Now that you’ve been thoroughly startled, let me give you the stunning details.

  • Dec 1, 2008

Let’s celebrate Christmas without political correctness

We’re still a long way out from Christmas, even though one Seattle radio station is already playing holiday music around the clock and gift catalogs have been clogging mailboxes since Halloween.

  • Nov 29, 2008

Regarding schools, say it ain’t so, Bill

Dear Bill Gates,

  • Nov 26, 2008

Subscribing to a bailout plan for the struggling newspaper

Even in the year 2050, newspapers will still line birdcages.

  • Nov 24, 2008

It takes a nation to build a rocket; Auburn firm has a role

If you don’t follow NASA more closely than noting a space shuttle launch or space walk on the International Space Station, you might not be aware that America is building a new rocket.

  • Nov 21, 2008

What costs?

In answer to Mr. Wells Jr.’s letter of Oct. 2, you haven’t seen anything yet.

  • Nov 21, 2008

Too much hate

Denis DeFrancesco’s view (Nov. 12 letter to the editor, Auburn Reporter) about Walter Backstrom’s editorial reflects many of those I talk with: “I understand disagreeing with the president’s policies or actions, but calling the president of the United States and Commander in Chief disgusting names is something I just don’t understand.”

  • Nov 21, 2008