Fight for democracy or freedom? | COMMENTARY

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

The goose that laid the golden egg | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of Sept. 15, 2017.

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech | COMMENTARY

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my… Continue reading

Governor still sings budget blues | COMMENTARY

Jay Inslee has been back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour. The Democratic governor launched the tour… Continue reading

  • Sep 16, 2017

Show Florida the ‘ahead of the curve’ love | LETTER

“Help the charity of ​your choice​ and reach out to neighbors.”

  • Sep 15, 2017

Ashes, ashes… | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of Sept. 09, 2017.

Resisting the ‘alt-right’ rise | OUR CORNER

“Before we even get into this, I need to say that I loathe the term ‘alt-right.’”

Western Washington strategy ousted Arizona’s ‘Sheriff Joe’ | COMMENTARY

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready to hitch up his spurs for another campaign. The ink had barely dried… Continue reading

  • Sep 6, 2017

Back to school | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of Sept. 1, 2017.

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

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your… Continue reading

This strange work of writing and wondering | Our Corner

This writing stuff is a strange business. It’s an amalgamation of talk, tattling and at times tawdry titters, all under the headline of truth sleuthing.… Continue reading

Beware the unintended consequences | In Focus

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the… Continue reading

Acts of white supremacy are acts of violence | COMMENTARY

By Sen. Joe Fain 47th District Our freedom to speak and exchange ideas, especially unpopular ideas, is the most important right we hold as Americans.… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the… Continue reading

Trump presidency: an ongoing civics lesson | COMMENTARY

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

A vote for what you think of tax hikes | COMMENTARY

“[Voters] will get… an opportunity to say whether they think lawmakers did the right thing. Or not.”

  • Aug 13, 2017

Thank you for your support | LETTER

I wish to extend a thank you to the citizens of Renton who supported my campaign and entrusted me with their vote. I do not… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2017

Committing to diversity, equity and inclusion in a changing county | KCLS

Stephen A. Smith (Guest columnist) Interim Library Director Anyone who has visited the 48 libraries in the King County Library System, as I have done… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2017

Matter of perspective | COMIC

Frank Shiers, Jr.’s editorial comic, week of Aug. 11, 2017.

  • Aug 11, 2017

Let’s not conform ‘to other’s snooty standards’ | LETTER

I was taken aback by the attitude expressed in (July 28 edition’s) letter to the editor in support of a particular candidate for city council.… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017