Opinion

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?

Are sheriffs above the law?

Washington voters have spoken on I-1639. Sheriffs need to set the stage to follow their oath of office - and enforce the law.

Fueling educational opportunity in Washington

By Allison Morrell How can public school students care for a sick family member, travel continuously for competitive sports or even raise a child, all… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2019

Why not change the name to match the location?

To Lakeside Industries, As a longtime resident of Renton, I’m concerned about your company’s deceptive campaigning for your proposed asphalt plant. All your formal documentation… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2019

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

  • Mar 29, 2019

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Recently I took a group of senior citizens to tour the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. It was impressive to see not only the botanical… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee and the Supreme Court

In 2015, after another session without procuring a key weapon in his climate change fighting strategy, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee decided to get it done… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2019

Political parties often bring trouble

On his way out, George Washington made it clear that political parties have the potential for national harm.

JFK and LBJ, America’s ‘best and brightest’

The year was 1975. I had just received my master’s in history from Pepperdine University in Central L.A. I had also just left the religious… Continue reading

Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

To facilitate fact-based discussion about Lakeside Industries’ application to relocate its Covington asphalt facility to the Industrial-zoned site on state Route 169, I would like… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019