Opinion

Come on reader, light my fire

Come on reader, light my fire

Great conversations at coffee event inspire us to do better for readers

  • Jun 5, 2019
Come on reader, light my fire
Letters to the editor for the week of Friday, May 31

Letters to the editor for the week of Friday, May 31

Why isn’t the city asking for federal funding? Dear editor, I read the article on the lack of sidewalks in the city of Renton last… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2019
Letters to the editor for the week of Friday, May 31
Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists

‘If I can do it, they can do it’

Lori Matsukawa’s lasting legacy on Asian American journalists
Write this down, take a little note then send it to the editor

Write this down, take a little note then send it to the editor

The Reporter is looking for guest opinion writers

  • May 23, 2019
Write this down, take a little note then send it to the editor
Nerd versus flies

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

Nerd versus flies
A historic era ends, another begins

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
A historic era ends, another begins
Readers are invited to discuss the future of the paper over coffee

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
Readers are invited to discuss the future of the paper over coffee
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

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
Democrats didn’t quite run the entire table
Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Inslee and Democrats are riding high

Governor’s absenteeism to campaign for president is a big help too.

  • May 3, 2019
Inslee and Democrats are riding high
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

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
King County and my grassy lawn
Balancing individual rights and the common good

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

Balancing individual rights and the common good
The crucial elements to good government

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

The crucial elements to good government
Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

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?

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms
Are sheriffs above the law?

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.

Are sheriffs above the law?
Fueling educational opportunity in Washington

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
Fueling educational opportunity in Washington
Why not change the name to match the location?

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
Why not change the name to match the location?
What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

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
What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?
Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

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

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture