Opinion

Bob Graef

Out of the mouths of children

When expectations arent met, someone usually demands to know why. This goes for public education as well as politics, wars, marriage and raising children. Normally, it is someone up the organizational chart that demands to know why underlings under-perform. Thats why it came as such a surprise when 200 Totem Middle School students called principals and teachers to account.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Bob Graef
Editorial

District, students must work together to address safety, disciplinary concerns

While the March 5 walk out by nearly 200 students at Totem Middle School may not have caught Marysville School District officials off guard, it did surprise many in the community to see students actually asking for and demanding more discipline and increased safety at their school.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Editorial

Thank Goodness We Can Ignore the Wars

by Sheldon Richman

  • Aug 28, 2008

Workers, children deserve family leave insurance

by Rick BenderPresident of the Washington StateLabor Council, AFL-CIOWhat does the United States have in common with Australia, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland? We… Continue reading

  • Aug 28, 2008

Maritime safety tax misses the mark

by Don C. BrunellPresident, Association of Washington BusinessWhen lawmakers are in a hurry to solve a problem, they sometimes miss the mark. Moreover, if there… Continue reading

  • Aug 28, 2008

The Rise of Islamists in the Middle East

by Elan JournoWashingtons policy of bringing elections to the Middle East, we were assured, would lead the regions people to embrace America. But in fact… Continue reading

  • Aug 28, 2008
Failing students, failing schools, or failing teachers?

Failing students, failing schools, or failing teachers?

WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) is still the 800-pound gorilla on the backs of state legislators who cant decide whether to abandon it, dilute it or delay its taking effect until, hopefully, a miracle brings students up to par so they can pass it.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Failing students, failing schools, or failing teachers?
Trio of Easter events offer lots of family fun

Trio of Easter events offer lots of family fun

The cities of Arlington and Marysville are going with local businesses and community groups to present a trio of fun-filled Easter events for the entire family.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Trio of Easter events offer lots of family fun
Adele Ferguson

Crystals run amok?

The first time I had labyrinthitis, back in 2000, it was something, according to medical authorities, that you usually only get once in a lifetime.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Adele Ferguson
Bob Graef

Democratic caucus rocked

The Democratic Party caucus for a sliver of Washingtons 44th Legislative District was held Feb. 9, in the Marysvilles Totem Middle School cafeteria. The previous presidential caucus, held at Lake Stevens High School, brought a huge chunk of 44th Districts precincts together.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Bob Graef
Editorial

Communities commended for supporting schools

Local school districts are going five-for-five when it comes to the levies on the Feb. 19 ballot and local voters should be commended for supporting the districts and, more importantly, the students they serve.

  • Aug 28, 2008
Editorial

Recent events highlight the good and the bad in our communities

While the vast majority of residents in our communities are good and caring people, there are, unfortunately, those who care about nothing and care about no one but themselves. The differences between these two types of people were highlighted by several recent events.

  • Aug 28, 2008

A man named Smedley

Hiding or classifying wrongdoing will always harm us.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Annual Ripoffs and Rotters list revealed

The year is young yet so I wont forsake my annual listing of ripoffs and rotters.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Secret hold not so secret any more

by Charles N. Davis

  • Aug 28, 2008

Dare We Call It Tyranny?

by Sheldon Richman

  • Aug 28, 2008