Opinion

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

“We (the United States) are both fated to lead and fated to do so erratically and impulsively” (Joseph P. Ellis, “American Dialogue: The Founders and… Continue reading

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

Today’s super wealthy succeeded in another Gilded Age, negating many laws that protect middle class.

The future simply borrows from the past

We must be on guard, though, to search for understanding using history with an open mind.

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace? That’s the question I asked my high school Civics and Government students recently.… Continue reading

Reducing wildfire risk imperative | Brunell

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands. This… Continue reading

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading

Costs matter in hiring | Brunell

While both sides argue the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter into… Continue reading

Please consider keeping eight period schedule

Mr. Ron Thiele and ISD school board, I highly encourage all of you to review all the comments shared by very concerned students and parents… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Military also adjusting to worker shortages | Brunell

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s… Continue reading

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

Two strategies with two potential outcomes: the course our nation was decided Tuesday.

I fully support Sen. Joe Fain, he deserves your vote

Sen. Joe Fain has been and continues to be an active member of our community. During his tenure, he has worked tirelessly to address the… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2018

I’m voting no on I-1631 and so should you

On election day, voters will decide the fate of Initiative 1631, which, in the name of greenhouse gas reduction, imposes a never-ending tax increase on… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2018

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

The book gave me a deeper understanding of President Trump and his unique style of leadership.

Keeping the Supreme Court above partisan politics

“A partisan reputation… is going to cause very serious harm to the status and integrity of the decisions of this court in the eyes of the country.”

False rape allegations are not the problem to address

An opinion piece from The Courier-Herald

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials

Are the 147 members of the Legislature in line for a raise? Should the salaries of judges in Washington be on par with the pay… Continue reading

  • Oct 14, 2018

Kavanaugh hearings and the general election

Politicians can only hope they have made the right choices and that their constituents vote them in/back into office.

Every election uses political warfare tactics

Even non-partisan city council races feel the heat.

Living in the age of the political double-standard

The partisan political divide is growing as the November midterm elections approach. Emotions are on edge. Democrats are hoping for a big blue wave of… Continue reading

Living in an era where emotions, opinions outweigh the facts

Due to the enormous volume of data at our fingertips, we are now living in the age of “post-truth.”