Opinion

It takes more than a crystal ball to help those in need; it takes a community | Lynn Bohart

If crystal balls really had the power to show us the future, then there are a few things I would like to know. For instance, will the homeless finally have shelter? Will food banks have an abundance of food to feed the hungry? Will the arts play a vital role in sustaining us as a culture? Will abuse and neglect be absent neighbors? Will our lakes, rivers and forests thrive? Will every child have the opportunity for a world-class education?

Online commenting is no longer anonymous on rentonreporter.com | Our View

The Renton Reporter is joining a growing list of newspapers that no longer will accept anonymous online comments, starting Nov. 17.

  • Nov 11, 2011
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Beware, all grafitti artists, the real tag in Renton is JAMOT | /Tish Gregory

Recently, when I noticed fresh graffiti and tagging in my neighborhood, I immediately took pictures and forwarded them on to code compliance at the City of Renton. Renton’s strong ordinance, established in 2008, against this type of activity has been very successful because of their all-inclusive approach to this problem – early notification by the public, cash rewards, quick cover up of tagging and graffiti by volunteers, criminal trespass and vandalism charges for offend

Base your vote on what’s relevant | Renton Reporter editorial

The retirement of King Parker from the Renton City Council left in its wake one of the most personally charged elections in recent memory. The important issues of the day got lost in the race between Robin Jones and Ed Prince to replace Parker on the council.

  • Nov 3, 2011
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Mary Alice Heuschel would provide focused leadership on Valley Med board | Renton Reporter endorsement

The Renton Reporter endorses Mary Alice Heuschel in her race for an open seat on the Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners.

  • Oct 14, 2011
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Thoughtful Greg Taylor needed on City Council | Endorsement

Today, the Renton Reporter continues its series of endorsement editorials in three City Council races and the race for a sole position on the Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners. The endorsements are made by our Editorial Board, comprised of Publisher Ellen Morrison, Editor Dean A. Radford and community members Jim Medzegian, Armondo Pavone and Pat Auten. The candidates in each race were interviewed, then the board deliberated before voting. The final endorsement, for the hospital commission race, will appear in the Oct. 14 Renton Reporter.

  • Oct 6, 2011
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Visit a Starbucks, help local students | Mayor Denis Law

Providing quality education to our children is critical to the continued economic development of our city and the future of our community. With the new school year already under way, teachers need our help. From African-American history books for elementary students, to wickless alcohol burners to teach middle school students about science, to requests for guitar kits to help high school students who love music, there is no end to the needs of a classroom. And to meet these needs we must all be committed and support our teachers and students.

Don Persson still has much to offer Renton, City Council | Renton Reporter endorsement

Without reservation, the Editorial Board endorses Don Persson in his bid for a fourth term on the Renton City Council.

  • Sep 30, 2011
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Robin Jones offers City Council fresh perspective | Renton Reporter endorsement

The Renton Reporter endorses Robin Jones in his race to replace retiring City Council member King Parker for council Position 5.

  • Sep 30, 2011
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King Parker an inspiration for candidates | Renton Reporter Editorial

This week we began our interviews for the contested City Council and Valley Medical commissioner races on the November ballot.

  • Sep 22, 2011
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A view to downtown Renton’s future: A library, a farmers market, a dinner out | Editor’s Note

Walking toward the Renton Pavilion Event Center Tuesday night, I was struck by the crowded parking lot on the downtown side of the lovely Burnett Linear Park. The chatter was lively as I walked past the Red House Beer and Wine Shoppe. And then the Piazza. Though late in the day’s run, the Renton Farmers Market was still in full swing.

What happens when snowplows don’t run? | Renton Reporter Editorial

Roads turn to gravel; snow piles up on Fairwood Boulevard through the heart of one of Fairwood’s premiere residential areas.

  • Sep 15, 2011
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Make voice heard about library plans | Renton Reporter Editorial

For sure, the future of library services in Renton has stirred more controversy than any other issue in recent memory. But now is the time to look forward, not backward. Now is the time to speak out – and ask questions – about what plans the King County Library System has in mind for a downtown Renton library.

  • Sep 7, 2011
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Take your hat off to those in hard hats | Tish Gregory

There is a lot to be said for a society that sets aside a special day to celebrate accomplishments that come from labor, both our own and that of others. Whether we get paid to do a job, volunteer to help others, take care of our families or help a neighbor, it is labor – in its many forms – that gives dignity and purpose to our lives.

Sweet tooth can take bite out of kids’ dental health | Dr. Ron Inge

The school bell rings and kids excitedly scatter, heading toward home, extracurricular activities or friends’ houses. But wherever they go, oftentimes an after-school snack is part of the deal.

Fighting gangs together | Bobbe Bridge

Gang violence seems to be everywhere today, even right here in our own suburban neighborhoods – and it’s mobile, moving across city borders. So, how can South and East King County communities work together to deal with it?

Don’t look at age; seniors still on watch | Tish Gregory

Overlooking Puget Sound one summer day, my grandson and I were watching a para- glider being pulled by a speed boat. I commented, “I couldn’t do that.” He replied, “You couldn’t do that anyway.” Puzzled, I said, “And, why not?” “Because that’s for adults,” he stated. I looked at him and asked, “Well, what am I?” “You’re a grandma,” he said.

Police chief must do complete investigations of chiefs, cartoons | Renton Reporter editorial

But Police Chief Kevin Milosevich has taken the right initial steps to investigate the actions of his deputy chiefs and discipline them and to find out who's responsible for creating videos that he and his legal advisers maintain amount to cyberstalking.

  • Aug 10, 2011
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RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Vote yes on veterans, human services levy

The Renton Reporter strongly encourages a yes vote on King County Proposition 1, the renewal of a property tax levy that supports our veterans and the county’s most vulnerable citizens.

  • Aug 4, 2011
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RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Make your voice heard on ballot, send letter to editor

You no doubt have received your primary election ballot in the mail by now. If not, contact the elections office. Every election is an important one.

  • Aug 4, 2011
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