Opinion

JULIA PATTERSON: New values guide where Metro will place bus routes

On June 16 the Regional Transit Committee, a committee composed of elected leaders from across King County, unanimously voted to approve a new vision for our Metro Transit bus system by adopting a the Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021. The plan is the first of its kind in the nation, guiding where and how Metro delivers transit service to you and other King County residents for the next decade.

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: For Renton’s libraries, Valley Medical Center a season of change

Two of Renton’s instiutions, its libraries and Valley Medical Center, are undergoing monumental change that while emotional and controversial will in the end bring better services to residents of the city.

  • Jun 23, 2011

TISH GREGORY: We’re in good hands with the Class of 2011

This month I sublet my column to the future to see what they have to say. On June 14, 2011, an historic event took place at Renton High School as 200 seniors graduated at the school’s 100th commencement. So I went right to the source – the graduates themselves – to see “what are you thinking?” at this historic time.

COMMENTARY: Why public education isn’t enough to save lives in rivers this summer

Any first responder on the scene of a drowning tragedy can tell you they will never forget the horrifying heartbreak of families and friends standing next to the river while rescuers try to locate their loved ones. In many cases, these incidents are easily preventable.

  • Jun 16, 2011

Valley Medical hijacking halted; conflicts exposed

It is my belief that both hospital Commissioners Anthony Hemstad and Aaron Heide conspired with Renton resident Chris Clifford to file an ill-conceived recall petition against me, in an all-too-obvious effort to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance. Mr. Clifford is widely recognized as a serial petitioner of recalls; indeed, he previously filed an unfounded recall petition against hospital Commissioner Don Jacobson. As in the case of Commissioner Jacobson’s recall petition two years ago, a judge recently threw out Mr. Clifford’s petition against me because it lacked both factual and statutory legitimacy. The bogus recall petition filed against me was intended to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance and to impugn my reputation.

City proves with SIFF-Renton that it can welcome the world | Our View

It’s been quite a week in Renton. We’ve had visitors from the Philippines, Norway, Africa and India.We’ve heard their music, their stories, their fears and… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2011

Valley Med board needs to learn how to work together | Editor’s Note

The only sure thing about a new strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine was the 3-2 vote to set it in motion,… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Approve strategic alliance with UW

Coming before the Valley Medical Center commissioners Monday is the most important issue they or any hospital board has faced, whether to form a strategic… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2011

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Council, move forward with building libraries

Clearly, where to locate a new library downtown has split the community and the City Council.The split really mirrors the narrow outcome when Renton voters… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2011

DENIS LAW: A week to celebrate in Renton

As we maneuver through routine issues facing the city each week, it’s easy to forget all of the good things taking place in our community.… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Renton’s public safety is the city’s top priority

Mayor Denis Law and the Police Department are to be congratulated for taking yet another step to make residents of Renton feel safe in their… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2011

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Valley Medical commissioners get down to business

Valley Medical Center’s commissioners came with their game faces on Tuesday night to ask tough questions about a strategic alliance between the medical center and… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2011

OUR VIEW: Leave no stone unturned in reviewing VMC alliance; read the draft

To our readers: This editorial contains a link to the draft agreement to form a strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine. Typically,… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2011

VALLEY MEDICAL COMMENTARY: Of red herrings and owner rights

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are two commentaries about a strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine. The details of the alliance are being negotiated… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2011

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: All hail Renton High School

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of anything is, practically speaking, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And so it is with Renton High School, that architecturally wonderful building on… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2011

JIM SULLIVAN: Setting facts straight on Valley/UW alliance

As a taxpayer and resident of Public Hospital District  No. 1, my primary concern is whether the Board of Commissioners is taking actions that enhance… Continue reading

TISH GREGORY: Earth Day a reminder that we have no where to run if we mess up

April 22nd is Earth Day, so I thought this would be a good time to check with Waste Management to see how Rentonites are doing… Continue reading

CALVIN GOINGS: SBA has an express way to get small business loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s popular 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program guarantees loans of up to $5 million. Many small businesses in Renton, however, need much… Continue reading

EDITOR’S NOTE: Let the libraries go gently, enjoy what comes in their place

Two words aptly describe Renton’s library over the river – iconic and anachronistic.Both also give a strong hint why it’s so hard to say goodbye… Continue reading