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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.

A Merry Christmas from RentonReporter.com

Merry Christmas!! 2008 has been an eventful year for the Renton Reporter and for the City of Renton. Both are working hard to withstand these tough economic times and both have bright futures. Renton is at the center of the Puget Sound region and, I like to think, the Renton Reporter is at the heart of telling the story of Renton and its people.

Sherril Huff makes formidable candidate for King County Elections head

I was heartened to see that Sherril Huff has decided to run for her current job as head of the county Elections Division.

Christmas chaos at Capitol

What a mess.

  • Dec 12, 2008

Thankful for Renton businesses

From the old classic, “White Christmas”: “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep counting my blessings. When my bankroll is getting small, I think of when I had none at all. And I fall asleep counting my blessings…”

King County must start making tough choices now

The King County Council recently adopted the 2009 budget. It was the toughest budget in recent memory. A $93 million hole was filled by making tough choices, but the worst is yet to come. On top of these historic cuts, the King County executive estimates that 2010 will bring another very large deficit. King County leaders must start working on reducing expenses now to have an impact on the 2010 budget. The budget was balanced using the executive’s proposed “life boat” strategy. Executive Sims proposed to fund some programs for six months, while he lobbies the Legislature for a new tax increase to fund general government services.

  • Dec 11, 2008

OPINION: Elections Division needs professional at the helm

Democracy happens when people vote. It’s a sacred duty and those who watch over our elections need to do so with a deep commitment to keeping the process pure.

Letter to the editor

RTC swimming pool important to health

  • Dec 8, 2008

A mission of RentonReporter.com: To help local businesses succeed

Recently there has been some concern raised by businesses about the Renton Reporter’s impending change from a twice-weekly publication to once a week. Let me assure you that this in no way minimizes our ability to reach our targeted audience. Combined with our Web site, which is gaining in popularity, we will be able to provide another media choice.

  • Dec 8, 2008