Brace for changes as Washington’s early primary vote looms | John Carlson

This is usually the time of year when columnists don’t write about politics because nothing is really going on. But not this year. Washington’s primary elections, which have been held the third week in September for generations, are now scheduled for the third Tuesday in August. And when you enter the voting booth, things will be different.

  • Aug 5, 2008

Share the roads, avoid the problems

There’s no question that bicycles are popular around here.

  • Aug 5, 2008

Sign of the times: Cupboards growing bare at food bank

Feeling the pinch of uncertain times, the Auburn Food Bank is running low on many goods.

Woods became a special place to discover childhood treasures | Pat Cashman

When he was about 11 years old, my brother Dan walked in the door one day after school wearing a New York Yankees ball cap. “Where’d you get that?” I asked him enviously. But before he had even replied, I already knew what his answer would be. “I found it in the woods,” he said. Naturally. That’s where kids like us found everything.

  • Aug 5, 2008

God might love you and me, but his love for the Seattl

God might love you and me, but his love for the Seattle Mariners is less certain.

  • Aug 1, 2008

Keep a few sales tactics in mind when pulling a yard sale | Pat Cashman

While recorded history stretches pretty far back, it doesn’t go back far enough to tell us the name of the person who invented the yard sale.

  • Jul 25, 2008

Let’s create more avenues for our kids’ education

Today, most family-wage jobs in Washington require some form of post-secondary education or training.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Best places to live? Auburn toils in quality of life quest

Money Magazine is out with its list of the best places to live in the United States. The financial magazine, part of the CNN, Time Warner corporate behemoth, may be best known for this annual summary.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Motivation seminar leaves one wondering, lighter in the wallet

I’m planning to write one of those self-help, motivational books one of these days. That is, if I can get up for it. I almost got around to it yesterday, but I got invited to a chili feed at the last moment.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Public health keeping us well with prevention, education | Julia Patterson

In 1854, a cholera epidemic struck London, England. Thousands of people were dying and no one could determine the cause. Doctors were stumped as deathly ill adults and children filed into the overcrowded hospitals.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Obama proposes plenty of ‘change’ and many flip-flops | John Carlson

Barack Obama and “change.” The two are inextricably linked. In his remarkably successful run for the Democratic nomination for President, regardless of where he campaigns, the senator constantly, ceaselessly promises change. And he’s already delivered, but it’s probably not the “change” his supporters wanted.

  • Jul 9, 2008

Weekend celebration leaves me feeling all red, white and blue

Can you spot the sentence that is not contained within our nation’s Declaration of Independence?

  • Jul 7, 2008

Why were lotto tickets marketed to kids in the first place? | Rep. Dan Roach

The Washington State Problem Gambling Web site, www.notagame.org, highlights the seriousness of youth gambling. On the average, it says problem gamblers began gambling at about 10 years of age. It also notes that kids who gamble are twice as likely to use illegal drugs, three times more likely to drink alcohol and to be in a gang fight, and four times more likely to smoke cigarettes and to get in trouble with police.

  • Jul 1, 2008

Feeling patriotic: Take the July 4th quiz

How well do you, your family and friends know your country’s history? Take the following quiz and find out. Could make for some interesting conversations during the July 4th holiday weekend.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Look, no hands: Drivers need to make right call with cell phones

Hands-free calling while driving is here in our state. It could not have come soon enough.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Hey dude, here are some new laws that certainly will fly

The other day, I thought of a new law that ought to be enacted.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Unforgettable birthday gift takes wing for woman

At 92 years young, Mary McKean remains part daring, part inquisitive.

King County’s budget crisis – and what it means to all of us

The King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and judges from around the county, recently revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude.

  • Jun 25, 2008

What to do about high gas prices?

Every candidate for president and the U.S. Senate and Congress should be asked the following question this year: “Do you want the price of gasoline to come down?

  • Jun 24, 2008

Recalling a vibrant downtown then, and what it could be now

Coincidence is a remarkable thing – it can lead to great memories and a future filled with hope.

  • Jun 24, 2008