Olympics: The thrill of victory is thrilling to watch

Like many of you, I’ve enjoyed watching the Olympics from Beijing. Who couldn’t get caught up with watching the wonder of Michael Phelps, with the help of his teammates and supportive mom, win eight gold medals?

An important race in the 41st District

It sure seems early for a primary election, in mid-August, when the sun shines bright and hot, and minds are elsewhere, like Beijing.

Initiative 26 gives voters more choices

Next week’s primary isn’t exactly a barn-burner as many races only have two candidates, at best. Most candidates will move on to the general election. Still there is an issue on the ballot that deserves attention.

  • Aug 12, 2008

Share the roads, avoid the problems Share the roads, avoid the problems

There’s no question that bicycles are popular around here. The Interurban Trail, the Cedar River Trail and the Green River Trail draw bicyclists (and walkers) daily. Drive to Redmond and you can find a velodrome for bicycle racing.

  • Aug 1, 2008

Renton River Days: Take it easy, enjoy

I gladly took my “patience pill” on Wednesday when the crowds – and they were big – started rolling in for Kids’ Day, at Liberty Park, right next door to our office.

The truth about the summer yard sale

While recorded history stretches pretty far back, it doesn’t go back far enough to tell us the name of the person who invented the yard sale. Perhaps it was an early caveman named Og Yard. Maybe Og had decided to unload a bunch of spears and clubs he didn’t need any more by staging a cave sale – or maybe he called it a “spring cave-cleaning sale.” No, wait a minute! That’s preposterous. That had to be Og’s wife. No man would ever get rid of perfectly good spears and clubs.

  • Jul 22, 2008

The silent killer: Driving while fatigued can devastate lives

An 18-year-old Issaquah woman got behind the wheel of her car on July 18, 2006. When she did, she made a series of reckless personal… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2008

Billy Frank Jr. The Battle of the Species The Battle of the Species

Nature has established a rhythm through the millennia of our planet’s existence. It’s a rhythm that, for the sake of our children’s children, society cannot continue to ignore.

  • Jul 17, 2008

Oh, I am feeling motivated

I’m planning to write one of those self-help, motivational books one of these days. That is, if I can get up for it. I almost got around to it yesterday, but I got invited to a chili feed at the last moment.

  • Jul 15, 2008

How will McCain swing for VP?

A few weeks ago I surveyed the major contenders to be named for Barack Obama’s running mate and concluded that he will likely select a popular governor in a swing state. Why a governor? Because anything associated with Washington, D.C. is toxic. President Bush’s popularity is in the 20s and the popular rating for Congress is 9 percent!

  • Jul 14, 2008

Public health faces major budget cuts

In 1854, a cholera epidemic struck London, England. Thousands of people were dying and no one could determine the cause. Doctors were stumped as deathly ill adults and children filed into the overcrowded hospitals.

  • Jul 14, 2008

Gas tax money, unlike oil profits, goes back to Wash. drivers

If you’ve been watching the steady climb of gasoline prices, you may have missed the latest boost by the state to the gas tax. Effective July 1, the state added the final 1.5-cent increase from the 2005 transportation revenue package passed by the Legislature. But before you scream about adding insult to injury, take a moment to see where that money has gone.

  • Jul 9, 2008

A time to cheer Renton grads, passage of school bonds

Hundreds of Renton teens are waking up this morning after one of the most exciting days and nights of their lives – high school graduation. OK, maybe some of them will wake up this afternoon. But the sentiment is the same, following Friday’s day of commencements. For them, it’s the end of 12 years (and maybe 13, if they went to kindergarten) of education that will lead to a college career or directly to work.

Renton cons stole more than elderly woman’s money

It’s really sad to think that Alvina Popke or anyone who reads her story will harden their hearts to those in need. If that happens, then that is what the con artist has really stolen from us – a giving heart. But the message is clear. If someone walks up to you on the street, out of the blue, with a scheme to help you or a charity, keep on walking. Instead, walk down to the Salvation Army and write them a check. Or mail off a check to your favorite charity.

Let the best two candidates compete

The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Some help all around for city from Olympia

The recently completed short session of the state Legislature ended with some good news for Renton.

  • May 30, 2008

3 chances to show that Renton cares 3 chances to show that Renton cares

Thousands have found medical care, not to mention food, in the last few years at that wonderful building on South Tobin Street, The Renton Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank and Service Center.

  • May 30, 2008

Guns in our national parks is a campaign political ploy

Me thinks there is a political ploy at play.

  • May 30, 2008

Tax transparency helps us make better choices

Last year, I was shocked to discover that nearly half of all property owners in King County did not receive an itemized breakdown showing where their property taxes go. Property owners who pay their taxes through a mortgage company were not seeing their tax bill. In response to this, I introduced legislation requiring King County to mail a courtesy tax statement to 100 percent of all property owners. My ordinance unanimously passed the King County Council.

  • May 30, 2008

Sweeping help for workers

Most of us recognize education’s sweeping impact as an equalizer and door to opportunity for people of all backgrounds and economic status.

  • May 30, 2008