Opinion

Can kids solve the mystery of the hanging shoes?

A friend of mine was driving past a cemetery with his 4-year-old daughter one day and noticed her looking closely at it. “Do you know what that place is?” the dad asked. “Oh sure,” she answered casually. “That’s where the dead guys live.”

Using the N-word safely

Webster’s definition defines the word “nigger” as a noun with origins from the Spanish word “negro,” which means black.

  • Aug 19, 2008

No new bridge? No tolls

When the 520 floating bridge opened in 1963, travelers had to stop at a toll booth on the east side of the bridge and fork over 35 cents (close to $3 today). So much money came in that the toll was lowered to a quarter, and the tolls ended in 1979 after the bridge was paid for.

Editorial | Eastside murder shows domestic violence issue needs more support

Domestic violence can ruin relationships, tear apart hearts and lead to cold-blooded murder. The horrific story of Melissa and Joseph Batten proved domestic violence has no boundaries. They were both young and successful. Melissa, a game programmer at Microsoft, tried to escape the violent, suicidal wrath of her estranged husband by moving to a different city and acquiring an emergency protection order.

  • Aug 18, 2008

Editorial | Initiative 26 gives voters more choice

Next week’s primary isn’t exactly a barn-burner as many races only have two candidates, at best. Most candidates will move on to the general election. Still there is an issue on the ballot that deserves attention.

  • Aug 18, 2008

King County’s ‘Guardian One’ chopper an important law enforcement tool

Heavy rains and floods isolating communities. A child separated from a group hiking Tiger Mountain. A fugitive on the run along a major transportation corridor. These examples are vivid reminders of the necessity for the King County Sheriff’s Office newest piece of equipment, the newest “Guardian One” helicopter.

  • Aug 18, 2008

Washington primary: Judges worth voting for | John Carlson

Judicial elections are different from all other elections in Washington State. First, if one of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, he or she automatically wins the race and it won’t appear on the November ballot. And second, most people don’t learn as much about the candidates as they want to know. But don’t worry. Here’s who you should vote for in the Aug. 19 primary and why:

First-class air travel has really gone to the dogs

A few years ago, I put my daughter on an airplane to Europe. I didn’t want her to fly, but train travel would have been difficult.

‘Quintuple whammy’ threatens BCC

It’s horrifically ironic.

Elections in August?

This is usually the time of year when columnists don’t write about politics because nothing is really going on.

Share the roads, avoid the problems

There’s no question that bicycles are popular around here. The Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails draw bicyclists (and walkers) daily. Redmond even has a velodrome for bicycle racing.

Climbing high for a cause | John Carlson

Let me ask you an important question: When is the last time you did something hard to support a good cause?

  • Jul 29, 2008

Hello, tolls, bye, bye Seattle? | Craig Groshart

A state study has been released showing the possible effects of tolls on the 520 bridge – and perhaps I-90 as well. I say possible because the study doesn’t really say how high tolls should be and when they should be charged. The data in four scenarios is merely to help officials analyze the situation.

  • Jul 25, 2008

The gravy train has ended | Walter Backstrom

When Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won the South Carolina primary, former President Bill Clinton said it was because he was black.

  • Jul 25, 2008

Is this the ‘Gregoire Recession’? | John Carlson

All big elections are about two issues, peace and prosperity. A year ago, the Iraq War was issue number one for the Democrats. Then it started to go well. Scratch Iraq from the front burner.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Editorial

If you already jumped ahead to page 12, you’ve read about staff writer Lindsay Larin’s time test driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. We sent staff photographer Fumiko Yarita along to record the story - and she got a ride in one of the speedy cars, too. Believe it or not, she had the presence of mind to take this photo of herself and Lamborghini sales executive Andy Meyer. And, yes, she really was screaming.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Driving while fatigued can devastate lives

In the early morning hours of July 18, 2006, an 18 year-old Issaquah woman made a series of reckless personal choices. These choices brought near-death and life-long pain to our daughter, Mora Haggerty Shaw.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Easing the pain of expensive gas | Craig Groshart

Time magazine had an interesting article in its July 14 issue: 10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas.

  • Jul 17, 2008

Our kids need tougher graduation requirements

Today, most family-wage jobs in Washington require some form of post-secondary education or training. By 2014, 77 percent of those jobs will require training or education after high school — in King and Snohomish counties the number jumps to 85 percent. And yet, Washington allows too many of its children to graduate from high school unprepared for post-secondary life.

  • Jul 17, 2008

Who is at risk from drowsy driving?

• Young people, especially males under age 26

  • Jul 17, 2008