Opinion

Separate the rotten from the ripe

Community pages can do better to spread information, and not libel

  • Jun 15, 2019

 

Letters to the editor for the week of June 14

Reader responds to other reader about leaded fuel Dear editor, I would like to respond to last week’s letter to the editor titled “Lead Emissions… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

 

Legislature: History, investigations and new laws

The 2019 session of the Legislature included controversy, compromise, surprise, new law and more.

 

Get the garden ready for longer, hotter days

The longer days mean plants are having a growth spurt, so be sure to feed and water to keep up with rapid growth. Roses love… Continue reading

Readers discuss the real affect of lead and traffic in downtown Renton

Letters to the editor for the week of June 7, 2019

  • Jun 7, 2019

Come on reader, light my fire

Great conversations at coffee event inspire us to do better for readers

  • Jun 5, 2019

Letters to the editor for the week of Friday, May 31

Why isn’t the city asking for federal funding? Dear editor, I read the article on the lack of sidewalks in the city of Renton last… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2019

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

‘If I can do it, they can do it’

Write this down, take a little note then send it to the editor

The Reporter is looking for guest opinion writers

  • May 23, 2019

Nerd versus flies

I’ve always held that it would be better to fight 100 duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck. But after this last week, I’m no longer… Continue reading

A historic era ends, another begins

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited on Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2019

Readers are invited to discuss the future of the paper over coffee

Danielle Chastaine takes over as the new editor of the Renton / Covington-Maple Valley Reporter

  • May 15, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Thank Zenger and a strong-willed jury for freedom of the press

“No democracy has existed in the modern world without the existence of a free press. Newspapers and pamphlets allow for the exchange of ideas and… Continue reading

  • May 10, 2019
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Democrats didn’t quite run the entire table

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2019

Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Governor’s absenteeism to campaign for president is a big help too.

  • May 3, 2019
Richard Elfers

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

Each age has a spirit or attitude that dominates over and competes with other worldviews.

Richard Elfers

King County and my grassy lawn

King County and my grassy lawn Do people know that some King County officials don’t like residents to have grassy lawns? I live east of… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2019

Balancing individual rights and the common good

Which is more important, serving the common good of a society or protecting individual rights? This is a question I ask my Civics and Government… Continue reading

The crucial elements to good government

What makes good government? What makes bad government? We all have experienced both types, and some in-between. Good government can make life a lot easier… Continue reading

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

All Puget Sound areas are growing. In Enumclaw, the question is, how will its original charm be maintain while building booms throughout the city?