Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Federal tax cuts make state tax reform urgent

Up to its final moments, 2017 bore an astonishing number of changes. Federal GOP leaders passed a tax bill that gives big corporations, millionaires, and billionaires a lot to celebrate — a massive injection of wealth at the expense of the rest of us.

Op-Ed

Elder Orphans – the growing number of people who age alone

With luck and good genetics, you might be able to live on your own terms till the end of your days. But chances are, if you live long enough, you’ll eventually need help with things like cooking, cleaning and personal care. And independence becomes harder given the growing number of people who are aging as “elder orphans”.

Op-Ed

State Supreme Court ignores K-12 equity issues

The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Washington Legislature is still out of compliance with constitutional “ample provisions” requirements litigated in the McCleary court case. Justices in effect are demanding $1 billion more be added to state education funding.

Op-Ed

Arbitrary and capricious: Rule of law binds agencies

After five years and thousands of hours of public testimony, it took a Cowlitz County judge just five seconds to say what many of us have long suspected: some state regulators are out of control, and important parts of the state regulatory process are now tools of activist groups.

Op-Ed

Love of the flag is stronger than the love of the NFL

Football brings millions of Americans together each week. We support, we cheer, we exult their wins and despair their losses and injuries. As Americans, we are all together once a week with our teams, as a team. That is, until recently. You can say what you want here in the Land of the Free, but don’t disrespect our flag. Because Americans will not tolerate it. And you will lose your fans; we are Americans first, football fans next.

Op-Ed

Another side of the Evergreen story

The Evergreen State College recently settled its tort claim with faculty members Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, who then resigned. Although their claim to have “received verbal and written hostility based on race” has been widely reported, very few media have covered the larger and terrifying racist backlash against their critics.

Opinion

Hanford and Yucca Mountain – an environmental imperative or status quo?

A few months back, I penned a column citing several initiatives that I believe deserve consensus support among fellow environmentalists. These Northwest centric initiatives feature enhanced reforestation, water infrastructure modernization, cleaner fuel options for ocean going vessels, elimination of raw sewage disposal in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and last but not least the cleanup and permanent storage of Hanford nuclear waste. I offered that significant progress could be made to strengthen our biosphere irrespective of identity politics surrounding climate change. In other words, immediate attention to consensus-based regional priorities rather than continued divisive and seemingly endless debate.

Op-Ed

How Democrats won the presidency

On the losing side are the Republicans who put their faith in a guy who promised the moon but has managed only to deliver a galaxy of tweets and several significant staff replacements.

Op-Ed

Time was, the wealthy said no to getting richer

A half-century ago, a top automobile executive named George Romney — yes, Mitt’s father — turned down several big annual bonuses. He did so, he told his company’s board, because he believed that no executive should make more than $225,000 a year (which translates into almost $2 million today).

Op-Ed

Election system should foster diversity of choices

Are you satisfied with recent election results? Do you admire the bulk of available candidates? Are you sick of the backbiting, nasty rhetoric, and inability of elected officials to get things done? Thought about running for office and shied away because it is too hard to do? Tired of the two major parties but think there is no other choice? You are far from alone.

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