Richard Elfers

Running for office changes your thinking

“Simplifying complex government issues is an art.”

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

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffet… Continue reading

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…”

Newton, Einstein and 3 realities | COMMENTARY

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

What if our leaders accepted blame? | COMMENTARY

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

To become smarter, challenge your beliefs | COMMENTARY

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

Public will have to halt party bickering | COMMENTARY

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling” (Proverbs 26:27). This ancient Hebrew… Continue reading

Our rights were assured by English battles | COMMENTARY

How would you feel if you witnessed the aftermath of a shooting of a black man by two white police officers in your yard? This… Continue reading

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

From the age of 10, my life was chaotic. My dad developed mental illness and his behavior affected the entire family – me, my mother… Continue reading

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?”

Confirmation process needs adults | COMMENTARY

“The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what… Continue reading

Stop demanding too much from public schools | COMMENTARY

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

Once gone, trust is difficult to build | COMMENTARY

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

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.