Opinion

COUNTY COUNCIL: Public safety regarding Howard Hanson Dam is ‘paramount’ importance

By JULIA PATTERSONand REAGAN DUNNKing County CouncilThe Howard Hanson Dam, which regulates the flow of the Green River to prevent flooding throughout the Green River… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2009

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Educators, businesspeople get a look at the real world in Renton

Understanding comes from experiencing something.I think that’s a good way to look at the benefits of the wonderful exchange recently between local businesspeople and educators… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2009

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Bryn Mawr church steps up to help the homeless

Once again, it’s a church that has stepped up to help solve one of our most heartbreaking problems, homelessness.But almost as heartbreaking as homelessness is… Continue reading

MAYOR LAW: Building partnerships with our state legislators

By DENIS LAWMayor, City of RentonIt’s difficult to discuss anything other than the economy these days. I’m frequently asked how things are going at City… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2009

EDITOR’S COLUMN: State must work with Renton to make growth management laws work

Capturing all the black ink in the current session of the state Legislature is what to do with all the red ink – about $8… Continue reading

Tough times: We’re in this together

By TERRI BRIEREMember, Renton City CouncilThe City of Renton has major hurdles to overcome in today’s faltering economy. There are difficult choices to be made.… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2009

MAYOR LAW: Renton responding to tough economic times

By MAYOR DENIS LAWIn a recent memo to city employees, I had the unpleasant task of explaining the financial status of the city, which is… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2009

Non-partisan way of doing the people’s business

By JULIA PATTERSON AND REAGAN DUNNLast November, the voters in King County made a significant change to the way their county government is organized.Your King… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2009

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Here’s a chance to learn together

It’s a complex job, being a teacher in Renton. Try to wrangle a roomful of 8-year-olds, at the same time teach them. That’s not to… Continue reading

OPINION POLL: Should Renton dredge the Cedar River to ease flooding?

The City of Renton has dredged, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lower Cedar River to help ease flooding by giving the… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2009

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Who will step up to lead Fairwood?

There is much to like about Fairwood, its boulevards, its convenient shopping. In South King County, it probably most mirrors some of the upscale communities… Continue reading

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Rentonreporter.com: Where Renton starts

For as long as I can remember, there has been a newspaper open on my kitchen table in the morning. That’s where I still prefer… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Vote Sherril Huff for elections chief

In case you don't recognize her name, it's Sherril Huff who is running the King County Elections Division. Her charge? Make sure elections are run… Continue reading

Elections Division needs a professional at the helm

Voters throughout King County are casting their ballots for a new elected position: Director of Elections. The public decided in November to change the position… Continue reading

A City of Fairwood needs careful thought

These are tough times for governments, especially local ones that provide the types of services that touch the everyday lives of people.Those services include police,… Continue reading

OPINION: Consider December storm a real test of preparedness

Some people we rely on a lot for our well-being. Police officers and firefighters come to mind. They’re here to protect us or to get… Continue reading

AROUND TOWN: Snow crimps plans; crews plow on

It seems rather fitting somehow that I wrote my first column of 2008 in the middle of a record 14-inch snowfall, and I am writing… Continue reading

If you miss the snow, take heart: winter’s just begun

I like the snow just as well as the next kid. But as I age, I find my patience is wearing thin. Enough already.