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.

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