Martin, we’ve lost our way

Dear Martin,

  • Jul 16, 2008

Public Health – Keeping us well with prevention and education

In 1854, a cholera epidemic struck London, England. Thousands of people were dying and no one could determine the cause. Doctors were stumped as deathly ill adults and children filed into the overcrowded hospitals.

  • Jul 16, 2008

Who should McCain pick for VP? | John Carlson

A few weeks ago I surveyed the major contenders being named for Barack Obama’s running mate and concluded that he will likely select a popular governor in a swing state. Why a governor? Because anything associated with Washington, D.C., is toxic. President Bush’s popularity is in the 20s and the popular rating for Congress is 9 percent!

Washington Dems, Republicans should let Top Two primary stand

Leave it to our state’s major political parties to not know the meaning of “no.” Months after the U.S. Supreme Court up held - by a 7-2 vote - the state’s proposed top-two primary, the Democratic and Republican parties again are demanding that the primary be dumped. It’s a needless ploy that only can serve to antagonize voters.

  • Jul 11, 2008

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.

Sun’s return too much of a good thing?

Sun, sun, sun ... at last! After speculation that summer would be cancelled, the sun is blazing down again. And of course, not moments after the sun arrived, so did the chorus of “It’s too hot!”

  • Jul 9, 2008

Climate change truth and consequences

So here’s the deal. Two hundred years ago, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was at its highest historical levels. Today, it’s 35 percent higher. If I put an extra layer of transparent insulation on my greenhouse, is it going to get cooler in there? Probably not.

  • Jul 8, 2008

A conservative’s view on race

I am a “true conservative.” I believe in the sanctity of life, and I unabashedly believe in God. I wrote this disclaimer so there will be no misunderstanding. A few facts to ponder: This conservative has worked in the Third World teaching, and also developed programs to provide clean water and sanitation for African children. One of those children dies every eight seconds for a lack of clean water.

  • Jul 7, 2008

The myths surrounding the proposed PSE merger

Editor’s Note: Columnist Andy Wappler usually deals with issues such as how to better use energy. Today, he discusses a proposed merger of Puget Sound Energy.

  • Jul 3, 2008


If you’ve been watching the steady climb of gasoline prices, you may have missed the latest boost by the state to the gas tax. Effect July 1, the state added the final 1.5-cent increase from the 2005 transportation revenue package passed by the Legislature.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Airport security blunders not as bad as people fear | From the Editor

If you ever wondered where you may have misplaced say, oh, a Swiss Army knife, I’m here today to tell you how to find it. My revelation came as I sent my carry-on duffle bag through the screening machine at Portland International Airport. Suddenly, the TSA workers were very interested in my bag. Finally, one of them said to follow him over to another counter. Uh-oh.

A Fourth of July quiz | John Carlson

How well do you, your family and friends know your country’s history? Take the following quiz and find out. Could make for some interesting conversations during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Bellevue CC president: Teachers weave living fabric of society

To a great extent it is teachers who instill the passion to pursue one’s dreams and the zeal to continue learning which, combined with academics and practical skills, are key to a successful life. I see the profound and enduring impact of teachers every day at Bellevue Community College.

Celebrate the Fourth, but please be safe

With Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate.

What to do about high gasoline prices?

Every candidate for President, the U.S. Senate and Congress should be asked the following question this year: “Do you want the price of gasoline to come down?

Life lessons from Tim Russert

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack? Tim Russert was one of America’s most trusted television journalists before being struck down by a heart attack last week at 58.

Words for the grads

It’s graduation season and time for all that advice designed to send students on in life with something to think about.

What King County’s budget crisis means to us

Last week, the King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, and judges from around the county, revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude. This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

  • Jun 18, 2008

No excuses in 2008

No Excuses

  • Jun 17, 2008

What I learned on my vacation

I’m just back from a vacation at Lake Chelan. I’ve always felt that vacations were a chance for learning. This vacation lived up to the challenge.