Opinion

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

Democrats have controlled the governorship since 1985. It’s not healthy to have such lopsided control

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

Frank Chopp’s reign as speaker of the state House of Representatives will end soon. The Seattle Democrat, the longest serving speaker in state history and… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2019

Recognizing types of propaganda techniques makes them less effective

Propaganda techniques find their way into our politics, our advertising and our speech.

Still a ways away, but don’t give pet bunnies for Easter

I was going to save this column for spring, to mark the one year anniversary when I rescued my rabbit Thomasina at Allan Yorke Park.… Continue reading

Consider what you’re putting in your body

Lies by big companies have brought us opioid addiction, obesity and related health troubles.

Boeing hopes to build upon record year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated and within our country, Washington is the… Continue reading

Democrats hold upper hand on shutdown

The partial government shutdown started on Friday, Dec. 21 at midnight. The issue is over money to build a border wall between the U.S. and… Continue reading

‘I hope Washington continues to support school choice’

My daughter Kylie has always struggled with anxiety. However, it got drastically worse when she got to middle school. During her first semester her anxiety… Continue reading

  • Jan 4, 2019

We need to make Alzheimer’s fight a national priority

Editor’s Note: The wrong version of this letter was run in the Dec. 21 edition of the Reporter, below is the correct version. As Kim… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2019

Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020—our next presidential election year. The swamp that candidate Donald… Continue reading

Hoping for middle ground with regards to immigration issue

What would happen if all the undocumented immigrants went away? Both sides of the issue.

Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty… Continue reading

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

“We (the United States) are both fated to lead and fated to do so erratically and impulsively” (Joseph P. Ellis, “American Dialogue: The Founders and… Continue reading

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

Today’s super wealthy succeeded in another Gilded Age, negating many laws that protect middle class.

The future simply borrows from the past

We must be on guard, though, to search for understanding using history with an open mind.

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace? That’s the question I asked my high school Civics and Government students recently.… Continue reading

Reducing wildfire risk imperative | Brunell

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands. This… Continue reading

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading

Costs matter in hiring | Brunell

While both sides argue the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter into… Continue reading

Please consider keeping eight period schedule

Mr. Ron Thiele and ISD school board, I highly encourage all of you to review all the comments shared by very concerned students and parents… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018