Richard Elfers

Richard posted 28 stories to Renton Reporter.
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Lessons from the Russian Revolution | COMMENTARY

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin’s words still…

  • Oct 22nd, 2017 8:00am

The world’s survival could be at stake | COMMENTARY

While the nation’s and the world’s attention was drawn to the senseless…

  • Oct 18th, 2017 2:54pm

Rebellion is as American as apple pie | COMMENTARY

“We need to learn not to let our foes push our country’s hot buttons to divide and conquer us.”

  • Oct 9th, 2017 8:00am

Fight for democracy or freedom? | COMMENTARY

“Americans fought to preserve democracy in their revolution. South Africa fought to end oppression.”

  • Sep 22nd, 2017 8:00am

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech | COMMENTARY

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa…

  • Sep 17th, 2017 8:00am

The many meanings and reasons for Confederate Civil War statues | In Focus

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues…

  • Aug 24th, 2017 9:00am

Beware the unintended consequences | In Focus

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused…

  • Aug 20th, 2017 9:00am

Trump presidency: an ongoing civics lesson | COMMENTARY

“From a… government instructor’s perspective, our president is a wonderful, nearly-daily lesson in government.”

  • Aug 14th, 2017 8:00am

When leaders act like spoiled children | COMMENTARY

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are…

  • Aug 8th, 2017 1:01pm

Young workers face uncertain future | COMMENTARY

“I am concerned about my grandchildren’s futures. You should be, too.”

  • Jul 31st, 2017 8:00am

The resumé versus eulogy persona | COMMENTARY

“In the end that persona, based upon character, is what all of us want to be remembered by.”

  • Jul 24th, 2017 3:14pm

Living in a distracted nation | COMMENTARY

“Distracting ourselves is far easier than facing reality.”

  • Jul 17th, 2017 8:00am

The town formerly known as Slaughter | COMMENTARY

“It has also come a long way from being named Slaughter by early pioneers.”

  • Jul 8th, 2017 1:30am

It’s easier to manage our own realities | COMMENTARY

“There is not much we as individuals can do to either reverse or change these national trends.”

  • Jun 24th, 2017 8:00am

Running for office changes your thinking

“Simplifying complex government issues is an art.”

  • Jun 11th, 2017 8:00am

We’re carried along on rough waters of Trump presidency | COMMENTARY

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to…

  • May 28th, 2017 8:00am

Hope for the best with Trump’s learning curve | COMMENTARY

“Let’s hope our president’s learning curve is steep and does not result in a major catastrophe for the nation…”

  • May 9th, 2017 8:00am

Newton, Einstein and 3 realities | COMMENTARY

“These three realities can help explain the political world in which we currently live.”

  • May 2nd, 2017 8:00am

What if our leaders accepted blame? | COMMENTARY

“Our leaders have become myopic – both the president and members of Congress.”

  • Apr 17th, 2017 8:00am

To become smarter, challenge your beliefs | COMMENTARY

“Contrast is one of the most effective tools to increase intelligence.”

  • Apr 2nd, 2017 8:00am

Public will have to halt party bickering | COMMENTARY

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will…

  • Mar 27th, 2017 8:00am

Our rights were assured by English battles | COMMENTARY

How would you feel if you witnessed the aftermath of a shooting…

  • Mar 20th, 2017 8:00am

Goal is to live, to love and to leave a legacy | COMMENTARY

From the age of 10, my life was chaotic. My dad developed…

  • Mar 13th, 2017 8:00am

How much slack do we give a new president? | COMMENTARY

“How much should they give to a president who has never served in government or the military?”

  • Feb 26th, 2017 9:00am

Confirmation process needs adults | COMMENTARY

“The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead,…

  • Feb 19th, 2017 3:32pm

Stop demanding too much from public schools | COMMENTARY

“Why have public schools become the dumping grounds for society’s ills?”

  • Feb 11th, 2017 9:00am

Once gone, trust is difficult to build | COMMENTARY

“… so few people trust [Trump], how can he govern effectively over the next four years?”

  • Jan 28th, 2017 10:00am

The two King County cities that voted red | COMMENTARY

48.7 percent of Enumclaw voters and 49.5 percent of Black Diamond voters chose Trump over Clinton.

  • Dec 4th, 2016 9:30am