Opinion

America’s monster | Our Corner

Another day, another mass shooting. I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2017

 

Wrangling over a tax overhaul | The Petri Dish

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not everyone, or nearly everyone, as… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2017

 

About our business climate today? Remember 1993 | Brunell

Twenty-five years ago, business took a beating in Olympia. The swing to the left in the 1992 general election was swift and potent. It drove… Continue reading

 

Democrats enjoying the moment, for now | The Petri Dish

Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

Pain from the path of a drowsy driver’s crash still hurts today | Guest op

Eleven years ago, a drowsy-driving car wreck left me with injuries that still challenge me today. In the accident, my ankle was crushed so badly… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

Veterans continue to serve us every day | Metzler

Marklus Henley learned a thing or two about safety, logistics and teamwork in nearly two decades serving in the U.S. Air Force. He puts those… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

To my sea sisters – and all families of veterans | OUR CORNER

As my Navy recruiter waited in his car with the engine running at the top of our driveway, I stood with my parents on the… Continue reading

Texas flush with transportation cash | Brunell

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas. On the other hand, lawmakers in Olympia still scramble to fund road… Continue reading

Expanded Panama Canal among challenges for Washington ports | BRUNELL

The $5.4 billion spent to expand the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports; however, it is putting more… Continue reading

Complex McCleary Rubik’s Cube testing lawmakers | The Petri Dish

Any day now lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have spent months twisting and turning the major… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Voters to decide if state’s new laws measure up | The Petri Dish

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Massive fires increasing wood prices | Brunell

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber… Continue reading

People coming together is silver lining to Hurricane Harvey | Brunell

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey.… Continue reading

Mitigate massive wildfires danger | Brunell

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 Western States. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range… Continue reading

End lawmakers’ exemption from public records law | Our Corner

By The Herald Editorial Board Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature passed its operating budget – as well as its latest spending plan to… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Lawmakers’ last challenge? Water rights | The Petri Dish

Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the evening it… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

Impact of Hirst decision must be addressed | Brunell

In Washington, the legislative stalemate over permitting new household wells and the state’s construction budget has not only delayed needed funding for public projects, but… Continue reading

Cold war in Olympia: capital budget, water rights bill tied up | The Petri Dish

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2017

No place in our waters for Atlantic salmon | Being Frank

All Atlantic salmon fish farms in Puget Sound should be closed and future expansion plans scrapped following the Aug. 19 escape of thousands of the… Continue reading

Atlantic salmon must go | Being Frank

The backlash against Atlantic salmon farms in Western Washington continues to grow as more than 100,000 of the non-native fish remain unaccounted for following the… Continue reading