There’s a lot to be said about losing

I was sitting in the stands a couple of weeks ago when the Huskies football team saw a potential victory evaporate faster than spilled beer on a hot sidewalk – all because of a referee’s call. A fan sitting just behind me meant to shout, “This is an outrage!” But instead, the words came out, “This is bull____!”

Furnace check-up now can save money through winter

The autumnal equinox is here. Labor Day may be the ceremonial finale to summer, but the equinox is the meteorological “so long, see ya next year.”

  • Sep 16, 2008

Back to school and back to quality

Back to school is a special time. One million students in Washington state will fill their backpacks with new books, nervous energy and optimism and board yellow buses to return to school.

  • Sep 16, 2008

Sights and sounds

The inevitable happened last week. The Bellevue Reporter lost one of its best reporters - Carrie Wood.

Teacher strikes and the law

Now that the Bellevue teachers’ strike is over, it’s time to ask and answer a simple question: are teachers’ strikes acceptable?

Bellevue teachers strike represents step toward better education

When I was younger, my dream was to become an elementary school teacher. When I told my mother, she was horrified and quickly tried to dissuade me.

  • Sep 12, 2008

The truth about American education

Teachers went on strike here in Bellevue on Sept. 2.

Getting the willies from dad and Fr. Will | Pat Cashman

My granduncle was the oldest man I had ever seen. His name was Father William Cashman, and I guessed his age at 500 or 600 years, but that was just a guess. He may have been older.

So much for last weak-end

When you’re from the state of Washington, I guess you get used to this sort of thing.

How to drive a liberal woman crazy

I understand why some people oppose John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and why they disagree with her. But I’m astonished at the brazen hypocrisy of liberals (most of them women) who are seething with anger and hatred towards her. I’ve been around politics for 30 years and I’ve never seen such unhinged hypocrisy in all my life.

Dispelling myths about teaching

By Camille ZhouWhen I was younger, my dream was to become an elementary school teacher. When I told my mother, she was horrified and quickly… Continue reading

  • Sep 9, 2008

Find compromise in teachers’ strike

No one likes a strike, certainly not one by school teachers. The one in Bellevue is particularly upsetting.

Kids who self injure need your love, support

Your first clue may be as obvious as the unexplained cuts and bruises on your daughter’s body or as subtle as her odd preference for long sleeves on hot days.

  • Sep 5, 2008

It’s never too late to run for president — I think | Pat Cashman

I suppose this is coming a bit late in the game, but I don’t have much going on right now - so I have decided to run for president.

New Seahawks facility shows how to save energy

Football season! Words to make your pulse race if you cheer for a jarring tackle or a long-bomb pass. Yet, for many fans, this is where our knowledge of the game’s convoluted jargon ends.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Who will win in November

Election day, is still a couple months away but I’m ready to make some predictions on how our state will vote. I think Washington will cast its votes for Democrat Barack Obama for president and Republican Dino Rossi for governor. Here’s why.

An amateur’s guide to manipulating the media

News media mimic domestic beasts of burden: Sometimes lazy, often trainable, but always hungry.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Looking for Bigfoot? Well, I’ve talked to him

You might have seen the news story last week: A couple of guys from Georgia told people that they had a found the body of a dead Bigfoot – and they were going to show it at a press conference, proving once and for all that such a creature really existed.

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.

Extremes play an important role

T he public needs extremes.

  • Aug 21, 2008