Opinion

Cast a vote for higher education

When we reconstitute our government this fall through the remarkable exercise of American democracy, we will shape the future not only with regard to controversial issues, but also for widely supported, crucial institutions such as higher education.

Volunteers are needed when disaster strikes

When the flood waters rose last December, Kelley Jones received a phone call. As a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer in Thurston County, she was asked to assist the relief effort in rural communities west of Centralia. Kelley and another volunteer went door to door asking residents if they needed help. The flood survivors she met were trying to meet their most basic needs while they grappled with the loss of livestock, homes and treasured possessions.

  • Sep 26, 2008

When calling from the road, it’s not always good news | Pat Cashman

Last week, a semi-trailer truck clipped a corner of the historic downtown Pioneer Square pergola in Seattle. Luckily, the pergola wasn’t badly damaged and only needed some paint touchups. It was a far luckier outcome than what happened back in 2001 when a semi-truck driver from Greensburg, Penn., also clipped the pergola and caused the entire structure to collapse in ruin in the wee hours of the morning. Here’s what happened following that one:

If believing in God is wrong, I don’t want to be right

What would be the reason for a person’s life if at the end of it all, you found out that God did not exist?

  • Sep 24, 2008

Gregoire, Rossi and the deficit

Is Washington State running a surplus or a deficit?

Sarah Palin: Wasilla’s second wonder

I guess Sarah Palin is trying to steal my thunder. As editor of the Redmond Reporter, I thought I was the biggest wonder from Wasilla, Alaska. Not any more.

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.

Camille Zhou

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
Camille Zhou

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.