Opinion

To our elected officials: Be bold, be consistent, be honest, be helpful

By Patrick Grubb, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Governor Jay Inslee has been forceful in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic because our state is the nation’s hotbed… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2020

Letters to the editor for the week of March 13

Reader worries about the county’s reach Dear editor, The article regarding King County’s acquisition of the EconoLodge in Kent (published online on March 6) raises… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2020

As the deadline nears, state lawmakers face a few challenges

There are four major decisions lawmakers are tackling before the end of this legislative session.

  • Mar 14, 2020

A tax break for working families

As rents continue to climb in our communities, as food prices continue to rise and as wages stagnate, my colleagues and I in the Washington… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2020

Accelerating equity in STEM education in the Puget Sound

At the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), headquartered in Seattle’s South Lake Union Innovation Hub, we believe every student deserves a high-quality STEM education, regardless… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020
Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-11

It’s hard to do homework when you don’t have a home

We have heard it a million times — a good education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. Education has remained a… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2020
Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-11

Letters to the editor for the week of Feb. 14

Tommy the turtle — a childhood friend Dear editor, “Tommy the Turtle” was indeed designed and sculpted by my father, Milton Hebald. It was a… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2020

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

With a third of the legislative session nearly gone, lawmakers are starting to focus on matters of most importance. Exactly what are those? With 1,341… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2020

How far will Artificial Intelligence go?

The smartest Jeopardy contestant was beaten by a computer. So was the world’s best chess master. What does this mean for humans? The answer is… Continue reading

Confirmation bias in the impeachment proceedings

Most of us believe what we want to believe. Our natural tendency is to shy away from views that challenge our own. This is called… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Jan. 31

Voting can bring us together Dear editor, In response to Jerry Cornfield’s editorial “Of ballot errors and boxes” published Jan. 17, 2020. Prior to our… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2020
Petty Hutt of Gig Harbor holds a sign that reads “We Stand With Matt Shea,” as she attends a rally Jan. 13 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Throw in the towel on Matt Shea

Majority Democrats realize contentious representative is staying

  • Jan 26, 2020
Petty Hutt of Gig Harbor holds a sign that reads “We Stand With Matt Shea,” as she attends a rally Jan. 13 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

White nationalism comes to Renton

Let’s just get down to brass tacks — Patriot Front is a vile organization. Maybe you’re not familiar with the group. Remember the 2017 “Unite… Continue reading

Election quirks: Drop boxes, tossed ballots, fickle voters

Before turning the page on the November election, here are a few questions to ponder.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Despite ruling on Public Records Act, we need to keep a close eye on Olympia

Washington Supreme Court upholds that state legislators are subject to the Public Records Act.

  • Jan 2, 2020
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Republicans chose political power over the Constitution

I’m astounded and appalled that members of both parties in Congress were weighing whether to vote for impeachment and removal from office of President Trump,… Continue reading

The people who use SNAP are already working

SNAP and other welfare benefits help working, low-income families while boosting the economy

From left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announce they are pushing ahead with two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — charging he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Will we feel different when Trump is impeached? Probably not

As a historic vote looms in the House, attitudes of the public are pretty hardened on this subject.

From left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announce they are pushing ahead with two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — charging he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long. Tim Eyman, the initiative impresario, political provocateur and human heartburn for a generation,… Continue reading

  • Dec 8, 2019

Growing up as a Republican

I grew up in a Republican home. My family valued honesty, dependability, thrift, and belief in God. I deeply appreciate the virtues my parents taught… Continue reading