Opinion

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

With Fred, beauty definitely is more than skin deep

Among the sights I have yet to see is that of a protestor marching in front of the corporate headquarters of Raid, carrying a placard that says, “End the killing of spiders, fleas, houseflies, chiggers, mealworms and cockroaches!”

  • Jun 20, 2008

King Co. council member: Biodiesel costly, risky

This may surprise you. King County Metro is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. That fuel is canola-based biodiesel.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Initiative 26, partisan alternative head to ballot

The King County Council placed an alternative to Initiative 26, alongside the initiative on the August primary ballot. Initiative 26 was signed by more than 80,000 King County voters last winter and, if approved, will make the offices of King County executive, council and assessor nonpartisan.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Passionate, skilled Russert leaves behind life lessons

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack?

  • Jun 17, 2008

Don’t let alcohol stand in the way of graduate’s future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this weekend; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • Jun 14, 2008

Obama’s running mate? There are better options than Hillary

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

  • Jun 11, 2008

City of Pacific staying busy this summer

This is going to be a busy summer. Not only with events, but many of the long-term projects we have been working on over the past four years will be moving forward.

  • Jun 10, 2008

All the smarts in the world still can’t keep some afloat | Pat Cashman

Ever met one of those people who seemingly can do everything? I know a guy like that. He speaks approximately 47 different languages fluently, including Esperanto. He can play 14 musical instruments – simultaneously. And yet, I recently found out something he doesn’t know how to do – at all. Amazingly, he doesn’t know how to swim.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Auburn teacher, student who formed special bond reunite

From the beginning, Auburn’s Nikkolis O’Neal took a special interest in how things worked mechanically. It was his way of finding order in a distracted, often confused world of learning inside a crowded classroom.

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