Where can we find 50,000 tiny bee caskets?

The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland: A Portland woman is organizing a memorial service on Sunday for 50,000 bees that died from the improper application of pesticide in trees in nearby Wilsonville. The woman told The Oregonian she wanted to make the ecological catastrophe seem less abstract.

I guess it’s cheaper than paying for 50,000 obituary notices in The Oregonian.

A dollop of insensitivity: Sears and J.C. Penney were the latest to annouce they were severing their ties with celebrity Southern chef Paula Deen over racial slurs revealed in a court deposition. Earlier in the week, Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot said they were pulling their Deen-branded kitchen items.

It’s nothing personal, the corporations assured Deen; some of their best friends have 19th-century attitudes regarding race and slavery.

Peanuts? That’ll be $10: Allegiant Air, which could soon offer service from Everett’s Paine Field, has racked up 10 years of profitability as other airlines have struggled. Allegiant has made money by flying older aircraft, packaging flights with hotels and other amenities, and by charging additional fees for booking tickets, using overhead bins and paying with a credit card.

Passengers can save a little extra money by volunteering to take a seat in the back of the plane to man one of the oars.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Dec. 12

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Robinson: Black reporter of civil rights era an inspiration

If Simeon Booker could brave lynch mobs, today’s reporters can withstand Trump’s tweets.

Saunders: Nothing sacred in a year-old designation of monument

Why shouldn’t Trump be able to undo what Obama created just a year ago by executive order?

Harrop: Give president credit for good economy; thanks, Obama

The economy’s gains during Trump’s first year have benefited mostly from the inertia of Obama’s terms.

Other voices: Let states lower Medicaid prescription drug prices

If Congress won’t take action to lower prescription drug prices, allow the states to take the lead.

Welcome home to the sailors of Kidd and Shoup

What a beautiful and inspiring picture on the front page of the… Continue reading

How can sexual harassment fund in Congress be kept secret?

How can Congress justify making secret payments to settle claims of sexual… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 11

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Yet another owner for The Everett Clinic

After its brief time with DaVita, uncertainty returns for the clinic with its sale to an insurer.

Most Read