Opinion Columns & Blogs

Watch what Trump does, not what he says

As a professional skeptic, I’m going to remain doubtful that Donald Trump has been a willing Russian tool, masterfully serving the needs of a dangerous American adversary. I’m not going to buy all the sordid details of “that crap,” as the president-elect called intelligence reports of his being compromised by nasty people operating out of the Kremlin.


PRO: A training wage helps support more teen jobs

Restaurants are a pipeline of employment for teens. However, with the passage of Initiative 1433, there is less of a safeguard for young workers. I-1433 makes it difficult for employers to offer starting jobs. It is critical that we consider how to include a training wage in the new law.


CON: Setting sub-minimum wage for teens is bad idea

Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1433, so our state minimum wage just rose to $11 per hour and will reach $13.50 in 2020. Amid today’s extreme income inequality, joining Washington in raising state minimum wages last fall were Arizona, Colorado and Maine, states that are both red and blue.


Jail contracts with Nisqually tribe need closer look

South Sound police agencies ought to review their legal contracts with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for housing inmates at the tribal jail near Yelm. Local governments need to rule out any chance their arrangements are not legal under state law, or could be challenged.


The mother of all legislative battles

With a huge K-12 school-funding problem to solve, a gulf is still yawning between the Washington Legislature’s two political parties on how to get it done. That is why the legislative session that starts Monday is shaping up as the mother of all battles.


GOP ethics lapse makes even Trump look good

The decision by majority Republicans in the U.S. House to neuter the chamber’s ethics police was as dumb as a pile of rocks. The independent Office of Congressional Ethics was created under Democrats’ leadership a few years back after the influence scandals involving lobbyists and members of both parties.


OLYMPIAN AGENDA: priorities for 2017

NEW YEAR’S DAY in 2017 marks the start of something new at The Olympian. We are publishing our first community agenda on the Opinion page. It’s an outline of a few top issues we want to see our country, state and community deal with in the coming year.

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Legislative leadership offers early session outlines

Democratic State Representatives Kristine Lytton and Pat Sullivan join their Senate counterparts Sens. Sharon Nelson and Chrisitne Rolfes (left-right) for a Jan. 17 press availability to discuss the status of early legislation in the 2017 Legislative Session in Olympia while Republican legislators Senators Curtis King and Mark Miloscia along with Rep. J.T. Wilcox and Rep. Shelly Short joined Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler for their party’s overview on education funding later on Tuesday.
Steve Bloom sbloom@thenewstribune.com
Legislative leadership offers early session outlines 2:05

Legislative leadership offers early session outlines

Lorenzo Romar previews Huskies game vs. Colorado 2:20

Lorenzo Romar previews Huskies game vs. Colorado

Stevenson scores 27 at MLK Invitational as Timberline tops Wilson, 79-63 2:25

Stevenson scores 27 at MLK Invitational as Timberline tops Wilson, 79-63

'Power' march 0:50

'Power' march