Finally, a serious transportation plan

John Carlson hosts a daily radio program with KOMO 4’s Ken Schram each weekday from 3-6 p.m. on AM 570 KVI. He also broadcasts daily radio commentary on KOMO 1000 news. E-mail him at johncarlson@komoradio.com.

  • Jun 2, 2008

All tolls, all the time?

A new study has weighed in on the topic of tolls and road congestion. This one is different. It considers all tolls, all the time.

Transportation: two ways to go

Every once in a while, an election comes along that decides not just the next four years but the next 20. When it comes to transportation, 2008 will be one of those years.

High gas, food prices? Let me try to help you

I noticed it last week. Premium gas at $4.09 at a Chevron station in the Overlake area.

Fighting global warming: national coalitions, local focus

Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes. All over the country, one thing is becoming clear: Local governments — cities and counties — are emerging as the leaders in the struggle to reduce our carbon footprint and fight global climate change.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Give Sheriff the authority

The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating, and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The Council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.

  • Jun 2, 2008

The cooling of global warming


Lifelong learning is key to bridging new generation gap

The high-altitude thinkers we invited to project technology trends earlier this year concurred on one key insight we all should note:

  • Jun 2, 2008


For County Executive Ron Sims and County Council chair Julia Patterson. The two high-ranking politicians came up with a plan to finally do something about the county’s animal shelters by proceeding in an innovative way. They each dismissed their staffs from a meeting and sat down face-to-face to hash the problems out. The result: a solution.

  • Jun 2, 2008

An attainable goal: affordable housing in Bel-Red

With the costs of real estate development increasing daily, building housing affordable to the full range of income levels seems like an impossible task. Sympathetic housing developers understand the need for affordability, asserting that they would happily build lower-cost units “if only it would pencil.”

  • Jun 2, 2008

Transportation: What went wrong when

It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections. Most people aren’t happy. But instead of trying to find scapegoats, let’s review some history to see why we’re paying higher transportation taxes for longer commutes.


The Democratic way

  • Jun 2, 2008

Microsoft brings the universe home

People who live around here pretty much have given up exploring the galaxies with a tiny telescope in the backyard. Clouds and rain doom most efforts.

  • Jun 2, 2008


The countdown has started for hands-free calling here in our state. It can’t come soon enough.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Obama, Bush and appeasement

OK, you decide. Last week President Bush, in a long speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding, made the following statements to the Israeli Knesset (their equivalent of our Congress).


It’s the Memorial Day weekend - and you know what that means.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down


  • Jun 2, 2008

Don’t let alcohol stand in the way of your graduate’s future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • May 28, 2008

Health isn’t just a personal choice

A recent study underscores the fact that good health isn’t just a matter of personal choice for Americans.

  • May 3, 2008

Don’t let fishing be a scapegoat

Fishing opportunities in Northwest waters have just about disappeared. It’s a situation that has strained relations between Indians and non-Indians – the state, local governments, environmental organizations, businesses and even fishermen. It’s also a condition we can improve, if we follow the truth, and that truth goes right to habitat.

  • Apr 19, 2008