Opinion

Seniors should plan for disasters — natural and otherwise

If you’re a longtime local, you may remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, otherwise known as “The Big Blow,” or recall what you were doing when that 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Puget Sound in 1965. How about the December 2007 floods? Fact is you don’t have to be an old-timer to know the kind of emergencies we face around here. If you’ve weathered just one Northwest winter, chances are you’ve experienced a power outage, flooding, or worse. Then there are those personal disasters – like fires and falls – that can happen anytime of the year.

  • Jun 14, 2008

Who should be Obama’s running mate?

By John Carlson

Bellevue does good job of maintaining street projects

The city of Bellevue re-surfaced my street last week. I didn’t know it needed it. If the city installs a planting strip or a median, it maintains it. Instead of the project turning into weeds, we instead get flowers and plants that flourish. The end result is city that is awash in green vegetation. I much prefer that (and am willing to pay for it) than being forced to look upon rivers of asphalt and concrete.

Ron Paul campaign lends excitement to state Republican convention

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town.

Maybe youth athletes have better idea what sports are all about

What is it about sports that makes adults go crazy? More often, it seems, kids - the players - have the right idea of what’s right and wrong.

King County Metro burning money on biodiesel

This may surprise you. King County Metro is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. That fuel is canola-based biodiesel.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Cashman: Remembering my dad – an instinct for whimsy

Fathers Day is coming up this week, and so is my dad’s 85th birthday. I sure wish he were going to be here to celebrate both occasions, but he’s been gone for 20 years. Digging through a bunch of old photos of him the other day, I came across one from Fathers Day 1964. I was startled. It was a photo of our entire family – me, my four brothers and mom dutifully facing the camera, posing the way conventional people do. Except for dad. He is facing backwards. Why was he facing backwards? Simply because it looked funny, I guess. Or maybe he was showing off a new haircut. There was no other reason.

Affordable housing boosts everyone’s quality of life

How hard is it for some people who work in Bellevue to find affordable housing here? Consider these numbers:

  • Jun 4, 2008

Motorists must share the road

It was a drizzly, cold evening May 21 at the James Street Park and Ride lot in Kent.

  • Jun 3, 2008

WIRED magazine: going green perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be

Wanna buy a car that’s gentle on the environment? Then don’t buy a new hybrid. Are you buying organic food because it’s good for the environment? If so, you’re making a mistake.

Top-two primary allows elections as they should be

The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter. The reason? We have a new primary system this year and there’s no longer a guarantee that both a Democrat and a Republican will make it to the November General Election ballot.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Hollywood vs. the moviegoers

Below are the top 10 grossing movies in America for 2007. All made between $205 million and $336 million. All did very well here on the Eastside. Nine of the 10 also had one other thing in common. Do you know what it is?

  • Jun 2, 2008

Accent on accents

My dad was frustrated. The airline computer could not understand him. Voice recognition barely works for me, but my dad has an accent and that makes it harder.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Letters

The March 15 Reporter included an article “Owner of Medina store wins court ruling.”

  • Jun 2, 2008

Guns, freedom, common sense

Pretty much everyone agrees that people shouldn’t have guns in planes and bars. Guns don’t mix well with alcohol. But what about other places?

  • Jun 2, 2008

Shallow promises, political rhetoric

So we’ve entered the 6th year of the war in Iraq.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Republicans hatch political ploy about guns to get Clinton, Obama

Me thinks there is a political ploy at play.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Nutrition information can make a difference

The King County Board of Health made history recently, and it is a change you’ll soon see when dining out. We passed legislation, after extensive negotiation with the Washington Restaurant Association, which requires chain restaurants to provide consumers with nutrition information.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Community College education: Broad brush & precision tool

Most of us recognize education’s sweeping impact as an equalizer and door to opportunity for people of all backgrounds and economic status.

  • Jun 2, 2008