Opinion

Republican label rubs off on some good local candidates

Now that the 2006 election has just about jelled, let me get a few more things about it off my chest before we get caught up in Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Aug 28, 2008

A lot has changed since the first Super Bowl

As local football fans gear up to celebrate Super Bowl XLI, which will be played Feb. 4 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, it is an opportune time to look back at the changes which have occurred since MVP Bart Starr led his Green Bay Packers to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Iraq victory requires renewed resolve

by Paul A. Morin

  • Aug 28, 2008

Extend school day, not the school year

While I rarely, if ever, write letters to the editor or respond to newspaper articles, I could not let your statement (in a recent column) slide by, writes a Whitman County resident who must be Egyptian, judging by the hieroglyphic used as a signature.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Gambling: Just another pleasant pastime?

I was in a queue at Safeways Western Union counter the other day, waiting to wire some money to a friend overseas. Four people ahead of me were scanning chits through a machine on the counter. It was a Lotto scanner, and written across its front was this message: Its good to play Lotto.

  • Aug 28, 2008

If government takes away the right of the people to speak, who is next?

I figured Tim Eyman must have almost had a stroke the other day when he found his right to launch initiatives defended by the biggest (and super liberal) newspaper in the state, the Seattle Times.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Huge residential development would cause traffic migraine

The Snohomish County Council gave its initial approval Monday night for a zoning change for a proposed residential development in the Lake Goodwin area that would elevate the traffic issues in north Snohomish County to a whole new level.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Locking up history

by Charles N. Davis

  • Aug 28, 2008

The meaning of New Years resolutions

by Alex Epstein

  • Aug 28, 2008

Comments from readers

In your recent column about the world wide toilet revolution with the effort to expand the availability of public toilets, you wrote that most grocery stores did not allow customers to use their employees facilities, which was why Rep. John OBrien drafted the bill mandating public johns in new stores, writes Bill Farrell of Federal Way. I dont recall being turned down when I shopped, although, thanks to Rep. OBrien, my store has added a public facility. Why didnt the other grocers allow use of employee facilities?

  • Aug 28, 2008

Why vote Yes for the Library Bond?

By Mayor Margaret Larson

  • Aug 28, 2008

Last car for gas

So Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Jay Inslee have asked President Bush to create a task force to investigate possible fraud and price gouging by oil and gas companies. Gasoline averaging $3.50 a gallon is dragging the economy into recession, they said in their letter to the president and its time to get to the bottom of it. Remember back in the 70s when the Legislature created its own Select Committee on the Energy Crisis which traveled all over the state conducting hearings in communities where lines for gasoline were getting longer and longer?

  • Aug 28, 2008

How far is it to Seattle?

How far is it to Seattle? That depends. Among other things, it depends on the time of day, the season, weather and the particular day of the week. Add the price of gas. According to the on-the-ground measure, Seattle is 38 miles away. My cars odometer agrees with maps that 38 miles is close to accurate. Though the road still measures 38 miles, I can feel the distance growing every year.

  • Aug 28, 2008

New Arlington Library deserves support

Ballots for the May 20 special election should have already begun appearing in area mail boxes, as local residents will have the opportunity to decide if Arlington needs a new library. There will actually be two measures on the ballot an $8.8 million construction bond and a measure to form a Library Capital Facility Area. Both measures must receive a supermajority of 60 percent or more yes votes for the new library to be built.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Let them eat nanoparticles

by Jim Hightower

  • Aug 28, 2008

Crime: Scratch where it itches

The front pages of both our community newspapers this week have crime-related stories prominently displayed. The Arlington Times headlines a request for information on a luring suspect, The Marysville Globe highlights the efforts of citizens in helping to stop a vicious assault on a Sheriffs officer.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Christmas, 1947

It was a world of one-car families, one salary incomes, one-car detached garages, and one bathroom homes. So long as that was our neighbors situation, we figured it was the normal state of affairs, and it was. It worked well to have one parent orchestrating family life while the other brought home the bacon.

  • Aug 28, 2008

Be careful with the good news

by Don C. Brunell

  • Aug 28, 2008