Opinion

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

Discerning fact from opinion

It can be more difficult than people first think, according to the Pew Research Center.

Why we need media literacy classes now, more than ever

Education on how to find authentic, factual information in today’s digital landscape is a must for future generations

Letters to the editor for the week of Nov. 15

Reader’s child enjoys stories about community Dear editor, I just read “It’s more than bagging groceries” in the Renton Reporter to my kids tonight and… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2019

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

The journalist is a Constitutional Originalist, but the framers’ sole focus wasn’t solely freedom.

Container math: Divide your roots to multiply your plants

By the month of November gardeners and gardening goals have moved indoors. Make this the winter you improve your air quality and mindset by growing… Continue reading

No cost to vote, but million spent to influence it

Check out the numbers behind the November 2019 general election.

  • Nov 8, 2019

Time to complete some fall chores with winter looming

The last week of October means you’ll be haunted with regret if you don’t take the time to put your garden to bed. This is… Continue reading

  • Oct 28, 2019

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

In 1986, the Wall Street Journal called him, “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America.” George Will is a 78-year old conservative who writes opinion… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Oct. 25

Reader says Alberson supports community Dear editor, James Alberson is all about growth, opportunity and safety for our community. James is a great support to… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2019