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October 9  |  By Doug Parry
Driving a Volkswagen can make you feel dirty As kids in the 1980s, we played a game called Slug Bug.

As we rode in the back seat of our parents' hideous station wagons, we'd watch out for Volkswagen Beetles, and the first kid to spot one called out the car's color and punched his friend or sibling in the arm.

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October 2  |  By Doug Parry
Math doesn't favor Seahawks, but math is dumb R-E-L-A-X. A great NFL quarterback once said that to fans after his team got off to a rocky start to the season.

It was just last year, and the quarterback was the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, who may find it easy to relax because he’s clearly a robot.

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September 25  |  By Doug Parry
Will toll lanes help traffic? We're not buying it Starting Sunday, there will be two ways to ensure smooth passage down the freeway between Lynnwood and Bellevue: 1) become president of China; or 2) take the shiny new toll lanes.

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September 18  |  By Doug Parry
This fall in theaters, we've got 'Spectre' vision Several months ago, voters at did a great job of forecasting box office success when we asked which summer movie you were most excited about. "Jurassic World" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ruled the day, while "Fantastic Four" spent about four less-than-fantastic days in theaters.

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September 11  |  By Doug Parry
Changing Mount Rainier's name would be a tall order Anyone in Snohomish County can recognize the importance of American Indian heritage in the names all around us. The Stillaguamish River, the Tulalip Resort, the Mukilteo ferry.

These coexist with names from people who came along much later – names such as Everett, for the teenage son of the city’s founder, and Lynnwood, from the old English for "endless traffic."

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September 4  |  By Doug Parry
Back in the glorious 1980s, movies like "Heathers" and "Dead Poets Society" inspired us to push back against authority. If you’re really going to carpe diem, stand out. Be original. Don’t conform.

Well, it appears we’ve grown up and joined the Borg.

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August 28  |  By Doug Parry
Pushing workers is Amazon's prime directive Did you know that Amazon workers are routinely driven to tears? That they’re scolded for not answering email after midnight? That drones monitor their movements off the clock? That even their bathroom breaks are timed to ensure productivity?

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August 21  |  By Doug Parry
During my formative years at Mountlake Terrace High School, I treated homework as one giant Houdini act.

I never did anything until the last minute. Given weeks to write a paper, there was a zero percent chance I would start it before midnight the day it was due. Procrastination wasn’t a personality flaw; it was an art form.

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August 14  |  By Doug Parry
You know a Tim Eyman initiative when you see one A "Tim Eyman Initiative" is like the "Fernando Rodney Experience." It’s a brand. If his name is attached, you know exactly what you’re going to get.

The Fernando Rodney Experience makes the end of a Mariners game an adventure, since even with a sizable lead there’s a chance he’ll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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August 7  |  By Doug Parry
We're not shaken by earthquake predictions In case you missed the recent New Yorker article "The Really Big One," about the potential for a catastrophic earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, allow me to sum it up for you:


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July 31  |  By Doug Parry
Several options at ice caves, none of them good How do we prevent tragedies at the Big Four Ice Caves?

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July 24  |  By Doug Parry
In battle of wills, Seahawks can't beat Russell Wilson The Seattle Seahawks head into training camp next week with the best roster in football and a dark cloud hanging over the team and its fans.

Not the fateful goal-line pass in Super Bowl XLIX-NOOOO. We’re totally, completely, 100 percent over that. We barely even think about it when we lie awake at night.

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July 17  |  By Doug Parry
Bring back the grizzly bear if you dare You may have seen the recent documentary "Jurassic World," in which we learn of the horrible things that happen when people reintroduce animals that had vanished, especially when they do so at theme parks that have terrible security.

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July 10  |  By Doug Parry
Tap water is better if you don't think before you drink Those with discerning palates may have recently noticed a metallic taste – an eau de aluminum, if you will – in the local water supply.

No reason to be alarmed, Everett's Public Works department assures us. It's just a result of the treatment process. If you drink city water in moderation, there is almost zero chance your...

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July 3  |  By Doug Parry
Greetings from beautiful unincorporated Snohomish County, where fireworks are legal and freedom burns brightly every Fourth of July.

Through sheer luck, I live in an area that hasn't been annexed, so no fussbudget city council has taken away our right to celebrate Independence Day with a bang. On my street, trees are as dry as tinderboxes and kids are armed with incendiary devices, just like our founding fathers intended.

Oh, sure, some of you want to take our...

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June 26  |  By Doug Parry
Trivia time! Can you name the last Republican presidential candidate to carry Snohomish County?

Mitt Romney? No… John McCain? No… George W. Bush? Hahahaha. A thousand times, no. Actually just no two times, once for 2000 and once for 2004.

In fact, the last Republican to capture the county was George H.W. Bush in 1988.

You thought I was going to say Theodore...

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June 19  |  By Neal Pattison
Four more years! Four more years!

That's a popular sentiment among those supporting a political incumbent. But few of you were inclined to chant that advice to high school seniors who marched through graduation ceremonies this month.

Our latest survey at asked whether you thought a high school diploma is enough to guarantee success in...

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June 12  |  By Doug Parry
One doughnut shop devours the competition You have a passion for doughnuts.

We got a big response to our latest poll, which asked who makes Snohomish County's best doughnuts. Karl's, Frost, Oosterwyk's and Tyler's all had their share of supporters. In the end, though, it wasn't close. With 48 percent of the vote, Henry's ran away from the field like

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June 5  |  By Doug Parry
Decades later, we're still waiting for the next Interurban My grandmother tells this fantastical tale that's almost tempting to believe. The story goes that, as a girl, she could hop on a trolley in Seattle and ride around the Puget Sound region on an efficient commuter rail system.

Legend has it that the so-called Interurban was up and running a year after work began and was built out to Lynnwood and Everett within a decade.

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May 29  |  By Doug Parry
Apple can keep its Watches off our bodies Do you have your Apple Watch yet? Just 2 percent said they do in our latest poll at, with 4 percent more saying they can't wait to get one. That leaves 94 percent scratching our heads and wondering what the rest of...

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May 22  |  By Doug Parry
When you play politics, someone else might get hurt Is nothing sacred?

We tried to have a nice, innocent Internet poll, and politics just had to go and ruin it.

Our latest survey at asked who would get your vote for county executive if the election were held today — John Lovick, Dave Somers or someone else.

We figured "Someone Else" would win.

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May 15  |  By Doug Parry
With politics on the menu, do you eat at Chick-fil-A? They say the "third rail" of American politics is Social Security, but I think it might actually be chicken.

In our latest poll at, we asked if you would ever eat at Chick-fil-A, the

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May 11  |  By Doug Parry
Everett is making a big-screen cameo in the new movie "7 Minutes," and Hollywood Reporter says the film turned out well. But one passage from its review caught our eye:

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May 8  |  By Doug Parry
At the movies, you're holding out for a hero this summer In our latest poll, we had you choose from among the six most blockbustery looking summer movies to tell us which you're most excited about. Here's how the vote broke down, along with a brief synopsis* of each film:

*Note: All plot synopses are approximate.

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May 4  |  By Doug Parry
If you tried to visit HeraldNet today between, oh about 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., you might have noticed that we had some technical difficulties. If you're reading this now, we must have a working website again.

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May 1  |  By Doug Parry
A recent Herald editorial said we should put a state income tax on the table. Your response? Take that right back off the table. Then chop the table into small pieces and burn the house down, just to be sure.

State Treasurer James McIntire's proposal is pretty moderate. It would be a flat 5 percent tax on income above $50,000, along with a reduction in the state...

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April 24  |  By Doug Parry
Most of us like music we can spin In our latest poll at, we asked for your all-time favorite music format. Let's break it down, MC Hammer-style:

CDs (35 percent of the vote): They have high-quality sound and cool liner notes, can be 70 minutes long and are fairly indestructible. What's not to...

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April 17  |  By Doug Parry
It starts out clumsy and messy but exhilarating. And then, nine months later, you're sorting out how your life has changed.

We're talking, of course, about Washington's bouncing baby marijuana business. Stores have been open for nine months, and the state is still a little clueless.

One thing has been plain from the start. The taxing and regulation of marijuana is such a convoluted mess, you'd think everyone was smoking something. Depending on whether you're a...

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April 14  |  By Doug Parry
Procrastinators, we are here for you.

The Everett Post Office isn't, though. It no longer stays open until midnight on April 15 for late tax filers. If your tradition is to drop your taxes in the mail at closing time, you'll need to arrive before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

If you truly want the experience of mailing your tax returns after dark, you'll need to make the trek to the

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April 13  |  By Doug Parry
Boat racers took to the water Saturday for the Kenmore Hydroplane Cup.

The event was held on the north end of Lake Washington at the Kenmore Boat Launch and Log Boom Park. Competitors raced one or two boats at a time up the Sammamish River, around an oval course and back to the Kenmore Boat Launch. The racers sped past some rather imposing concrete bridge supports.

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