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In one of the columns I started to write — prior to my taking a rest from 15 years of writing columns for newspapers — I touched on the topic of artists who found their own way of dealing … more
Growing up, I loved the sound of my grandpa’s mantel clock.  It was an old Howard Miller pendulum wind-up clock. The clock key was for both the time and chimes. I can still remember … more
When I talk to constituents in the 20th Legislative District about issues affecting our communities and state, many have expressed to me a deep distrust in our governing institutions. This … more
Last year, our Democratic colleagues felt compelled to brag that the Legislature had adjourned on schedule five sessions in a row, with no need to go into overtime. It was presumably an attempt to … more
Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common: beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and vibrant salmon and trout … more
Salmon extinction is not an option, but harvest management alone is not going to get us to recovery. In April, the treaty tribes in western Washington and our state co-manager finalized the … more
I recall the debate in the 1980s and ‘90s concerning robots taking over our lives and the world.   Movies like “Terminator” and “The Matrix” didn’t help … more
Working in education is the most rewarding occupation I could ever imagine. Nothing brings more pride and joy than the celebration by students when they accomplish new things, meet their goals … more
Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington.   Throughout our state, fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom and colorful lentils carpeted the … more
Depending on how you measure success, the recently concluded Washington legislative session was either really great, not as terrible as normal or a frustrating combination of progress and setbacks … more
Republicans came into this year’s legislative session vowing to fix the state’s drug possession law so offenders would have more incentive to enter and complete treatment. We remain … more
Do you have a hobby or collecting activity you enjoy? If your answer is “yes,” you might be delighted to learn there are health benefits to collecting.  My dad loved collecting … more
My mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville where three students and three adults were shot to death is devastating. It … more
The Democrats in Washington state have pulled off yet another disastrous move, this time in their quest to address gun violence. They’ve passed an assault weapons ban, which is nothing more … more
President Joe Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate the replacement of gas/diesel … more
A majority of the state Senate’s Democrats have launched a surprise attack on one of the best friends Washington taxpayers have: the voter-endorsed law that limits the growth of property taxes … more
A troubling theme has emerged this past legislative session that should concern all Washingtonians regardless of political affiliation. The majority party in the state House has continually voted … more
Most things in schools really pick up pace after spring break. There are so many during and after school events to attend, but also many of our traditional school celebrations that we want the … more
Drugs in our state are clearly more lethal than firearms. Just look at King County, where 83 people were fatally shot in 2022, but more than 1,000 people fatally overdosed. With that disparity … more
On 10 occasions, Washington state residents have voted down proposals to create income taxes in Washington state and, until Friday, the state constitution was always interpreted to prohibit the … more
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