Opinion

Don’t balance the budget on backs of tribal culture | Billy Frank Jr.

I’m starting to wonder if the state’s budget problems mean it will no longer be able to co-manage natural resources with the treaty tribes. Even President Obama has said recently that the state’s budget crisis is a “huge problem.”

Voting is under way for key school measures | Our view

The countywide turnout for this February’s Special Election is estimated at about 38 percent. That’s not bad, but we would sure like to see many more voters sending back their ballots to show resounding support for Renton’s schools.

  • Feb 2, 2012
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Take this chance to hear about how to use library building | Our view

We would like to highlight an important open house in Renton on Feb. 15. That’s when the public will have a second chance to offer its ideas about possible uses for the former city library over the Cedar River. It’s now known as the Liberty Park Library Building.

  • Feb 2, 2012
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Renton needs to take hard line in north Renton | Our view

Right now, Trophies Bar and Eatery in north Renton is under a magnifying glass. It’s a high priority for enforcement agents with the Washington state Liquor Control Board. And the Renton police officers have made dozens of calls there in the 18 months since it opened.

  • Jan 27, 2012
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Renton schools deserve voters’ support Feb. 14 | Renton Reporter Editorial

Renton’s voters are being asked to help ensure their kid’s present and their future when they decide the fate of two levies and a bond measure Feb. 14. Renton residents have always been generous toward their schools and have been rewarded with remodeled elementary schools, improving graduation rates and some big-time awards.

  • Jan 20, 2012
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Small Business Administration looking at new ways to improve its services

Every January, Americans look ahead with the desire to start the New Year with fresh ideas and hopes to improve. The U.S. Small Business Administration is doing the same thing – regularly meeting with lenders and resources partners to get feedback on ways to improve our loan programs and services. And, this past year the SBA engaged more than 150 community lenders in all 50 states to provide comments on ways that the SBA’s CAPLines Program could work more effectively for both SBA lenders and small businesses, as this program has been underutilized.

Are you doing anything special for The End? | Tish Gregory

I no sooner got my new 2012 calendar on the wall, when my brother asked me, “Are you prepared?” “Prepared for what?” I asked. He replied, “The end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012.” I checked my pre-printed calendar to see if it was marked as a special event for 2012 - for surely something of that magnitude would be mentioned. But it wasn’t.

Renton schools raise bar, deserve community support | John Galluzzo

As a local business owner and 2011 past chairman of the Renton Chamber of Commerce, I understand the importance that a quality education system has on the vitality of a community, its children and its importance in attracting and keeping businesses and families, as well as its positive impact on property values which benefits all of us. Without a doubt, the Renton School District has and continues to demonstrate a quality track record that makes Renton (and surrounding communities within the district) a place where business owners can look to relocate and tout as a perk to prospective employees.

Renton has lost a strong voice in Legislature | Editor’s Note

There are probably few superlatives that haven’t been used to describe Sen. Margarita Prentice. For nearly a quarter century she has watched out for the interests of Renton and West Hill in the state Legislature.

Tough times still ahead but so are brighter days in Renton | Mayor Denis Law

As I enter my second term in the mayor’s office, I anticipate more challenging times ahead. The recovery from this recession has proven to be very slow and we expect several more years of tight budgets. It’s critically important that we all chip in and help those in need in our neighborhoods and support our local businesses. Despite these difficult times, there are many reasons to be optimistic.

SBA offers Renton businesses an Advantage | Calvin Goings

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to providing access and opportunity to Americans who are – or who want to become – small business owners. For a variety of reasons, some communities are underserved when it comes to getting the tools they need to grow a business and create jobs. We want to change that.

The price we pay for health-care cuts is more than we save | Kelly Barbour

As a physician in Renton, I’m very concerned about what years of budget cuts are doing to our state’s health-care system. While you may have not yet felt the pain, I promise you, your neighbors have. Soon we’ll all experience the impact of more cuts to health care if the Legislature ignores the governor’s call to include new revenue to solve the state budget deficit.

This editorial cartoon was drawn by Renton High School student Alex Kalinin.

Holidays and the power of one | Tish Gregory

This is difficult for me to say but my name is Tish and I am an addict. I think this holiday season it’s time for me to go on the wagon. Not the alcohol or rich-food wagon, but the charitable-giving wagon. Requests from deserving charities to help the less fortunate at this time of year are overwhelming. The pleas are like large neon signs flashing before my eyes with such intensity that my giving heart wants to help everyone. But how can I, when the need is getting greater and my funds are getting smaller?

This editorial cartoon was drawn by Renton High School student Alex Kalinin.

Two community leaders: King Parker, Bob Bridge | Renton Reporter editorial

If it’s lucky, a community is blessed with leaders who give of themselves to make their city a better place. There are two exemplary examples in Renton: Bob Bridge and King Parker, who have made their mark on Renton with their time and their personal resources.

  • Dec 15, 2011
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State needs to partner with cities on annexations | Renton Reporter editorial

Cities are creatures of the state. Renton and others must do the state’s bidding. They have no choice, even if it costs them a lot of money.

  • Dec 8, 2011
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State’s budget is a moral document that needs to meet our human needs | Marvin Eckfeldt

Our governor and state legislators are faced with the difficult task of preparing a balanced budget and are calling for extreme cuts in government services to match the income shortfall created by these tough economic times. There are some services, like public safety, that our tax dollars must support. Services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are part of our public safety network and benefit all of us.

  • Dec 8, 2011
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Boeing, Machinists show how to get something done; are politicians next? | Our view

There was a palpable sense of relief – along with a lot of smiles – this week when Boeing announced that it would build its 737 MAX in Renton.

  • Dec 2, 2011
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Trying to control gang violence is not a ‘flavor of the month’ | Steve Strachan

The other day I was flipping through the cable channels and came across the movie “Colors” with Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. The movie is all about two Los Angeles police officers working in the Gang Unit. They deal with generational, entrenched gang issues in certain neighborhoods, and the overall tone of the movie is how hopeless and difficult reducing gang violence can be. The movie was made in 1988, 23 years ago.

  • Nov 24, 2011
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Top priority for Legislature is keeping 737 MAX in state | Renton Reporter Editorial

20,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. Those are two really good reasons why Gov. Chris Gregoire is rallying local and state leaders, educators, unions and businesses to show Boeing why it should build the 737 MAX in Washington. Of course, we think production of this newest member of the 737 family should land in Renton.

  • Nov 17, 2011
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The election is over; the governing begins | Renton Reporter Editorial

Our candidates lost in the general election. We endorsed Mary Alice Heuschel for hospital commission and Robin Jones in the race for an open seat on the Renton City Council. But what mattered most is that the endorsement of the voters carried the day. We remain firmly committed to the principles and goals that Heuschel espoused in her race against Dr. Paul Joos, who won handily.

  • Nov 17, 2011
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