Renton Community Foundation at heart of a giving community

The email invitation caught my eye because it was sent by a prominent local leader. She was inviting me to an event. An important event,… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: It’s time for unfunded mandates to sail into the sunset

It’s time the state Legislature stopped looking at the cities (and counties) as piggy banks to raid whenever it needs some extra cash to pay… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2011
  • BY Wire Service
Seahawks had better duck.
Seahawks had better duck.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just think how much money we could save with civility

I am not inclined to make New Year’s resolutions. But in the context of this column, I will:Resolved: We will all just get along (with… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Valley Medical ready to make good use of beds

Valley Medical Center should aggressively pursue its appeal of a state Department of Health denial of 60 new patient beds, including 30 for the new… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Tough choices keep mounting; budget cuts to hit everyone

Renton’s city leaders have figured out that local government is going to look much different in the years to come – much leaner and more… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

DENIS LAW: Challenges met; city to engage citizens in facing the new ones

Against the backdrop of our state government in financial crisis, and a nation continuing to face its worst economic challenges in generations, our city has… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Those without the sparkly Christmas tree need our help

As I write this column, I am sitting near my sparkly Christmas tree, in a warm house, with a warm sweater, with a hot cup… Continue reading

Goodbye, Dave Niehaus. You were an idol of integrity

Most people do not think about 3-2 counts or a pitcher warming up in the bullpen during this part of the year. Football season and… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Community-based effort under way to improve student achievement in local schools

We are strongly support a groundbreaking, community-wide, regional effort under way to address this gap in achievement and raise up our students and our schools. The Road Map for Education Results is working to double the number of students in South Seattle and South King County to be on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020.

  • Dec 7, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

OUR VIEW: Tough times ahead

At all levels of government, budgets that pay for services that as a whole help everyone are being cut to the bone.Voters in the November… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

OUR VIEW: Hats off to Dr. Heuschel; she is absolutely super

The head of the Renton School District, Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel, has received a much-deserved honor, Washington’s 2011 Superintendent of the Year.She immediately directed the… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
King County Sheriff Sue Rahr

OPINION: Sheriff Sue Rahr explains how county budget cuts will affect Fairwood, West Hill

(Editor's note: King County Sheriff Sue Rahr read the following statement to the media Thursday morning in Seattle, outlining the impact that cuts in the… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
King County Sheriff Sue Rahr

RICH ZWICKER: Thanks to mayor, staff for hard work on city budget

On Nov. 1, the Renton City Council adopted a $445 million two-year budget for 2011/2012. This was one of the earliest adoption dates and one… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

CALVIN GOINGS: New federal jobs act helps small businesses

The Small Business Jobs Act, signed by President Obama in September, will provide critical resources to help small businesses continue to drive economic recovery and… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Higher rates necessary to protect city services

The Renton City Council has taken a critical step to protect basic utility services in Renton, approving rate increases to help ensure toilets don’t back… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Risk outweighs convenience for privatizing liquor sales

When I moved here from Anchorage 22 years ago, I thought how strange it was that you couldn’t purchase liquor on Sundays, holidays or (basically)… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Fairwood should annex to Renton

Finally, voters in Fairwood are getting a chance to vote on something that makes financial sense.Fairwood residents twice have said “no” to forming their own… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

Renton Reporter endorsements: Marcie Maxwell in the 41st District

Two years ago, the Renton Reporter endorsed local businesswoman Marcie Maxwell in her first run for the state Legislature, knowing she was a good fit… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2010
  • BY Wire Service

DOW CONSTANTINE: King County working on sustainable budget

We all deserve a county government that is restored to sound financial footing, not one lurching from crisis to crisis. That’s why the budget I… Continue reading