Opinion

Kent bike ride looks to raise motorists’ awareness of cyclists

It was a drizzly, cold evening May 21 at the James Street Park and Ride lot in Kent. But the inclement weather didn’t stop a band of cyclists from the task at hand: riding an 11-mile route to acknowledge the untimely deaths of their comrades. The event was the Ride of Silence, a worldwide rolling gesture aimed at those who share the road with cyclists, walkers and runners. And it was Kent’s first foray into the event.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Ron Paul campaign lends excitement to state Republican convention

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town. Instead the tenacious Ron Paul people, who made up more than a third of the delegates, contested the McCain forces on virtually every front.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Hollywood needs to adjust its act with customers

Critics also swooned over “Sweeney Todd”, the musical box office flop about a bloodthirsty British barber who slits the throats of his customers and makes hash (literally) of their bodies.

  • Jun 2, 2008

New on the menu? Important nutritional information to chew on

The King County Board of Health made history last week, and it is a change you’ll soon see when dining out. We passed legislation, after extensive negotiation with the Washington Restaurant Association, which requires chain restaurants to provide consumers with nutrition information.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Bag this: Embrace the dark if you truly want to be green

Aneighbor of mine – Tony – is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously. For example, he tells me that he’s recently begun recycling his newspaper each week.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Family gives ultimate assist to save a life

When Gail Baker’s husband suddenly collapsed at their Auburn-area home, she instinctively knew what to do.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Water rights, future practices at Lake Tapps demand closer attention

The Lake Tapps problems is a series of very complicated issues. But very simply, it’s about water and who is entitled to it.

  • Jun 2, 2008

A lost commandment? Thou shalt not get off track

I was sure sorry to see of the passing of the famous actor Charlton Heston a couple of weeks ago. I especially liked him as Moses in the movie “The Ten Commandments.” Moses lived to be 120; Charlton Heston, a mere 84.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Impounding trouble in your own back yard

Imagine a pair of ferocious untrained pit bulls on the loose, suddenly free from the backyard confines of their careless owner and threatening a quiet Auburn neighborhood.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Finally, a serious transportation plan on the right road

Put aside for a moment the pros and cons of Dino Rossi’s just released transportation plan and consider this: It outlines what direction we should go in, why, how to get there, and how we’ll pay for it.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Detect this: Chance to become invisible is something to see

Nurse: “Doctor! There’s an invisible man in the waiting room!”

  • Jun 2, 2008

Our regional transportation at a crossroads: 2 ways to go

Every once in awhile, an election comes along that decides not just the next four years but the next 20.

  • Jun 2, 2008

All tolls, all the time? Not such a good idea

Anew study has weighed in on the topic of tolls and road congestion. This one is different. It considers all tolls, all the time.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Committing a memoir to memory is one interesting tale worth telling

Dr. Michael DeBakey, the renowned heart surgeon, received the Congressional Medal of Honor recently. He’s going to be a 100 years old this year, so apparently somebody figured they better get to it.

  • Jun 2, 2008

CASHMAN

Dr. Michael DeBakey, the renowned heart surgeon, received the Congressional Medal of Honor recently. He’s going to be a 100 years old this year, so apparently somebody figured they better get to it.

  • Jun 2, 2008

KLAAS

Steam is rising from your friendly neighborhood drive-through espresso stand these days, and it has little to do with a creamy latté.

Time for review: The cooling off of global warming

On my desk is a recent issue of Time magazine devoted to the dangers of global warming.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Majestic balloon ride for mom is not just an idea full of hot air

After three decades of being married to the same woman, you would think a guy would have a pretty solid knowledge of that woman’s likes and dislikes. But on Mother’s Day, five years ago, I had an apparent brain cramp.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Stroke of good work: Mom shows way for her star trio

Jaapje Kukors was by no means a “swimming mom” at first. But it didn’t take her long to get all wet with wonder.