John Carlson

John Carlson | Five reasons why Ken Griffey Jr. should stay

I’m not a sports columnist, but everyone seems to have an opinion about whether Seattle Mariners’ legend Ken Griffey Jr. should hang it up or… Continue reading

John Carlson | Feedback from readers

Columnists love feedback. It means their work is likely encouraging conversation in the community. A few times a year, starting today, I’m going to share… Continue reading

John Carlson | The REAL choices ahead for King County

Underfunded or poorly run? Two wildly different pictures about King County government are being painted by the current King County Executive and one of the… Continue reading

John Carlson | Frank, Sonia and civil rights

Connecticut Firefighter Frank Ricci and President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor have never met. But their lives are about to collide.Six years ago, the… Continue reading

John Carlson | Brian Sonntag: A good man under attack in Olympia

What’s the most overused word in government? My nominee is “investment”. In the real world an investment is when you spend money to make more… Continue reading

John Carlson | Why we need the death penalty

The acts have to be sanitized for a family newspaper. But if people knew what Cal Brown really did to Holly Washa there would be… Continue reading

John Carlson | Things have changed, haven’t they?

Last week Starbucks announced that they are selling their new $45 million corporate jet. With sales slumping and layoffs being planned, the company realizes that… Continue reading

Christmas, without the PC | John Carlson

We’re still a long way out from Christmas, even though one Seattle radio station is already playing holiday music around the clock, and gift catalogs have been clogging mailboxes since Halloween. Very soon, public schools and government buildings will decide what kind of displays will adorn their lobbies and classrooms. Here’s hoping that this year we can enjoy Christmas without any more intrusions from the forces of political correctness.

The impact of the ’08 elections

Why are old expressions old? Because human experience keeps validating them. A few timeless slogans explain why what happened, happened in the 2008 elections.

What about the ‘other’ races?

Minds are mostly made up about the race for president and major state races. But what about those three judicial contests and that razor-thin race for Congress? Here’s how I’m voting and why.

An easy “NO” vote on Prop. 1

It’s not about price, it’s about value.

What the media missed

When the early vote totals were announced after Tuesday night’s primary, it looked like good news for the Democrats. Gov. Chris Gregoire was beating Dino Rossi by about four and a half percentage points and heading toward 50 percent of the total vote. Darcy Burner was running just a couple of points behind the Eastside’s incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert and gaining ground fast.

Obama’s campaign of ‘change’

Barack Obama and “change.” The two are inextricably linked. In his remarkably successful run for the Democratic nomination for president, regardless of where he campaigns, the senator constantly, ceaselessly promises change.