You first, O’Reilly

Turn off the porch lights, Michelle: Because of superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama cancelled trick-or-treating at the White House.

Fox News was quick to criticize the president for declaring a “War on Halloween” and forgetting the true meaning of the holiday, but couldn’t find volunteers to T.P. the Rose Garden.

Where the “smoke-filled rooms” come from: A reader asks antiques columnist Terry Kovel about a pack of cigarettes with a picture of Dwight Eisenhower and the phrase, “I Like Ike.” Kovel explains that the pack, and a companion with Adlai Stevenson’s photo, were used as a kind of straw poll for the 1952 presidential election. Sales of the cigarettes were more accurate than political experts’ predictions, Kovel notes.

Now, of course, we have more scientific methods for determining the will of the electorate, but political polling remains a nasty and annoying habit.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.

After giving the bureau’s first weather report — an 80 percent chance of custard winds followed by intermittent gosling blasts — Willard Scott took a moment to wish a happy 100th birthday to Abigail Stevens in Portsmouth, Va.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Oct. 18

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

Editorial: Endorsements for Snohomish City Council

Continuing Tuesday’s recommendations, the editorial board endorses Redmon, Countryman and Dana.

Burbank: What if we leveraged our aerospace advantages?

Why should Airbus build Bombardier jets in Alabama, when we have the labor force to build them here?

Ignatius: With ISIS on run, allied Iraqis, Kurds pick a fight

Warnings that a Kurdistan referendum would backfire weren’t heeded. Iraq responded.

Milbank: Trump’s Cabinet is best Cabinet ever; just ask him

Never has a Cabinet incurred so many probes and reprimands and endured more humiliation.

Everett mayoral race: Franklin is leader city needs

The upcoming election is an important one for Everett; we are electing… Continue reading

County council races: Sound leadership from Low, Nehring

It is commendable when someone steps forward to serve their community, especially… Continue reading

County Council, District 1: Nehring dedicated to constituents

When considering who to vote for I look not only at where… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Oct. 17

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

Most Read