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OPINION: There’s no friend like an ‘old’ friend

Apr 21, 2016 8:30am

In Sarah Orne Jewett’s 1896 seminal novel, “The Country of the Pointed Firs,” some folks on the coast of Maine reminisce about old times and the people who inhabited them.

“There, it does...

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OPINION: For whom the roads toll

Mar 31, 2016 10:30am

Road and bridge tolls keep many elected officials awake at night.

They often inflame voters because they are costs motorists see while driving; whereas, a gas tax is hidden in the price of a...

OPINION: Retiring Lt. Gov. Owen served “Our Washington” well

Mar 24, 2016 10:30am

For the last 20 years, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) has served Washington well. Now, he is retiring and leaving the state senate as he found it — a dignified place to debate and enact public policy....

OPINION: More gigantic ships coming, bringing prosperity

Mar 17, 2016 10:30am

Get ready — More colossal container ships are coming.

We got a glimpse of the future this leap year when the Benjamin Franklin sailed into Elliott Bay. Four years from now, hopefully, many...

OPINION: Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Mar 10, 2016 8:30am

On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we...

OPINION: Notes from an old weather watcher

Mar 10, 2016 8:30am

March certainly did come in like the proverbial lion; the first day tossed folks around with astounding spells of rain and wind — including me.

One thing I do upon awakening each morning is...

OPINION: Student life is chaotic after Christmas break

Mar 03, 2016 8:30am

Hi, my name is Braden Dohrmann. I’m in eighth grade at Monte Junior/Senior High School. I work hard to get good grades and I am a sports freak.

I have a lot to do without a lot of time to do...

15 years after Nisqually earthquake — are we better prepared?

Mar 03, 2016 10:30am

The 15th anniversary of the Nisqually Earthquake was Sunday Feb. 28.

Everyone can remember where and what you were doing when the 45 second tremblor struck. Although many unreinforced...

OPINION: Costs killing animal waste power

Mar 03, 2016 10:30am

Converting animal poop to power makes sense, but today it is too expensive. The good news is it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and curtails odors from farms.

Biomass is an important part...

OPINION: Cop recruitment should be top priority

Feb 25, 2016 10:30am

Public safety agencies across America face the same problems as other employers — finding enough qualified workers. The difference is our safety is increasingly at risk.

Law enforcement...

OPINION: Answer not entirely blowin’ in wind

Feb 18, 2016 10:30am

In 1962, songwriter Bob Dylan composed “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” It was a Vietnam War protest song suggesting the ambiguous answer to ending war and living in peace and...