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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.
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!
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.
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, 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate.
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?
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.
It’s graduation season and time for all that advice designed to send students on in life with something to think about.
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.
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.