Opinion

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

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