Commentary

Viewpoints: Understanding what makes Kim Jong Un tick

By Stephen Benedict Dyson For The Conversation Kim Jong Un is a “smart cookie,” President Donald Trump said recently of North Korea’s leader. “He’s 27… Continue reading

Commentary: Agencies’ efforts working to secure homes for all

By Fred Safstrom Everett has been my home for my entire life. I met my wife here and raised my family here. I’ve worked here,… Continue reading

Commentary: Eyman’s back with a measure to undo ST3 and more

By Tim Eyman In 1999, voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 695, demanding $30 car tabs. To stop governments from side-stepping the cap, the people overwhelmingly passed… Continue reading

Commentary: Legislation was a compromise, not a turf battle

By Lillian Ortiz-Self As a lifelong school employee, I see first-hand what is working well in our public schools and what needs improvement. I ran… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Money can buy happiness when it buys you time

By Ashley V. Whillans and Elizabeth W. Dunn For the Los Angeles Times It might seem lazy to hire a housecleaner or pay the kid… Continue reading

Commentary: Marijuana shops not a good fit for Snohomish

By Susan Bjorling We moved our family back to our hometown five years ago, in part because we wanted our kids to experience and contribute… Continue reading

Viewpoints: What’s behind GOP’s low opinion of higher ed

By Fredrik deBoer For the Los Angeles Times Only 36 percent of Republicans, according to the Pew Research Center, believe colleges and universities have a… Continue reading

Commentary: Cuts to Medicaid threaten services for disabled

“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight… Continue reading

Commentary: Lamakers can’t delay fix to water rights case

By Shannon Affholter Despite numerous legislative efforts to find a permanent and balanced solution to address the Washington state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, lawmakers in… Continue reading

Viewpoints: GOP factions will kill more than health care bill

By Patrick T. Hickey Passing legislation is always a difficult, messy task. America’s highly polarized political environment, with party activists demanding ideological purity on both… Continue reading

Commentary: Capital budget standoff delaying work across state

By Jean Hernandez You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief late last month when the Legislature finally passed a two-year state operating budget… Continue reading

Commentary: Each summer, the West becomes a land of flames

By Gary Ferguson For the Los Angeles Times Summer in the American West. The time of flip-flops, river rafting, mountain fishing and Frisbee on the… Continue reading

Commentary: Allen’s aviation musuem must aid salmon, orcas

By William Lider Paul Allen has contributed millions of dollars to saving elephants, gorillas and fighting climate change. But when it comes to “our own… Continue reading

Commentary: Is K-12 education fully funded? Not so fast

By Brendan Williams In 2009 I voted against an “education reform” bill that, amidst devastating cuts, promised fully-funding K-12 education by 2018. As I asked… Continue reading

Commentary: Ruling shows respect for needs of mentally ill

By Keith Binkley and Jim Bloss We at the Snohomish County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness are writing to thank Superior Court… Continue reading

Commentary: Real threat posed by Trump? Trade war, not tweets

a gathering of leaders from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada,… Continue reading

Comment: ‘Be the Difference’ by learning mental health first aid

By Linda Rosenberg There is a mental health crisis in America. The statistics alone should compel each of us to ask “What can I do?”… Continue reading

Viewpoints: How North and South Korea got to this point

By Ji-Young Lee The Converstation Editor’s note: North Korea tested what it claims and what U.S. officials now believe was an intercontinental ballistic missile on… Continue reading

Comment: N. Korea a threat now, but we face bigger challenges

By David C. Hall President Trump is getting tough. His budget calls for a $56 billion increase in military spending, to be funded by major… Continue reading

Commentary: How well do you know Independence Day?

By Michelle Hubenschmidt Independence Day has been an official federal holiday only since 1941, but its origins date back to the Revolutionary War and our… Continue reading