Doug Parry

People stand in a long line to vote at the Smiths Station Jr High polling place in Smiths Station, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP)

Presidential election may not be rigged, but it sure is a mess

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump frequently said the United States was becoming a “Third World country.” While many may have found that statement offensive… Continue reading

People stand in a long line to vote at the Smiths Station Jr High polling place in Smiths Station, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP)
Why would Boeing sell to Iran? There are 25 billion reasons

Why would Boeing sell to Iran? There are 25 billion reasons

Boeing and Congress are having a little spat. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives says Boeing shouldn’t be allowed to sell and lease more than… Continue reading

Why would Boeing sell to Iran? There are 25 billion reasons
What should Congress do with the Boeing/Iran deal?

What should Congress do with the Boeing/Iran deal?

In our last poll, most of you agreed that Facebook and Google should take some editorial responsibility when it comes to fake news stories. But… Continue reading

What should Congress do with the Boeing/Iran deal?
We’ve had enough fakeouts on Facebook

We’ve had enough fakeouts on Facebook

Faked out Modern news is a blood sport. In one corner, we have truth: the unvarnished, cold facts. In the other corner, we have truthiness:… Continue reading

We’ve had enough fakeouts on Facebook
Republician supports react to the number coming in at the Snohomish Event Center on Nov. 8. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Would secession cure the blue-state blues?

Would secession cure the blue-state blues? If the presidential election revealed anything, it’s that Ann Coulter’s predictions run circles around Nate Silver’s. It also showed… Continue reading

Republician supports react to the number coming in at the Snohomish Event Center on Nov. 8. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dealing with fake news on the internet

Dealing with fake news on the internet

What should Facebook and Google do about the proliferation of fake news stories on their websites?… Continue reading

Dealing with fake news on the internet
Peaceful transition? How about a peaceful secession?

Peaceful transition? How about a peaceful secession?

Last week you weighed in on the concept of contraception for men, who, by the way, still rule the world. And speaking of Trump: Would… Continue reading

Peaceful transition? How about a peaceful secession?
Birth control: a pill too tough for men to swallow

Birth control: a pill too tough for men to swallow

A tough pill to swallow As you might already know, it’s pretty great being a guy. We can pee standing up, we’re still undefeated in… Continue reading

Birth control: a pill too tough for men to swallow
Why no birth control pill for men?

Why no birth control pill for men?

Last week’s poll discussed legal marijuana, of which most of you approved. Now we want to know what you know about the lack of a… Continue reading

Why no birth control pill for men?
A marijuana harvester examines a bud that is going through a trimming machine in a rural area near Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 30, 2016. Marijuana growers and entrepreneurs have a lot riding on ballot measures in 50 Oregon counties and municipalities in the Nov. 8 election, with some places having allowed marijuana businesses and other having banned it. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Should other states legalize weed? No regrets here

Light a blunt, blaze a trail. A few short years after voters made Washington one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, the… Continue reading

A marijuana harvester examines a bud that is going through a trimming machine in a rural area near Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 30, 2016. Marijuana growers and entrepreneurs have a lot riding on ballot measures in 50 Oregon counties and municipalities in the Nov. 8 election, with some places having allowed marijuana businesses and other having banned it. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
How’s that legal weed working out for you?

How’s that legal weed working out for you?

In our last poll, most of you said you prefer your workmates to leave their adorable/disgusting pets at home. This week, we take you on… Continue reading

How’s that legal weed working out for you?
In this Oct. 18 photo, Barbara Goldberg, CEO of O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations, poses for a photograph with her bulldog Rosie, at her office in Hollywood, Florida. Goldberg is a small business owner who believes pets improve the quality of their work life, boosting morale and easing tension for staffers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Your dog or cat may be your co-workers’ pet peeve

Pet peeve Maybe you’ve been there. You’re slaving away at your office job, working on your TPS reports, and a co-worker brings by some tail-wagging… Continue reading

In this Oct. 18 photo, Barbara Goldberg, CEO of O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations, poses for a photograph with her bulldog Rosie, at her office in Hollywood, Florida. Goldberg is a small business owner who believes pets improve the quality of their work life, boosting morale and easing tension for staffers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Do you mind if I bring my dog to work?

Do you mind if I bring my dog to work?

So most of you would ignore clowns in the wild, but how do you feel about your co-worker’s cute little puppy at the office? Do… Continue reading

Do you mind if I bring my dog to work?
Clowning around? We’re in no mood

Clowning around? We’re in no mood

No time for this Clowns have been giving people the creeps lately, even more than usual. Sightings of menacing-looking “creepy clowns” started in South Carolina… Continue reading

Clowning around? We’re in no mood
This week’s question: How do you act around clowns?

This week’s question: How do you act around clowns?

Thank you for weighing in on the carbon tax initiative, of which a majority of you approve. This week we are changing (arguably) the subject… Continue reading

This week’s question: How do you act around clowns?
Initiative 732 shows just how taxing the ballot can be

Initiative 732 shows just how taxing the ballot can be

We have about 300 words, give or take, to devote to these weekly surveys. What better forum to address a complex tax policy question? Among… Continue reading

Initiative 732 shows just how taxing the ballot can be
Web Monkey: Musk isn’t the only one who wants to go to Mars

Web Monkey: Musk isn’t the only one who wants to go to Mars

Anybody want to buy a ticket to Mars? Start saving those pennies. Elon Musk says he can get you there for the low, low price… Continue reading

Web Monkey: Musk isn’t the only one who wants to go to Mars
Web Monkey asks: How about a trip to Mars?

Web Monkey asks: How about a trip to Mars?

Last week, most of you voted for Archbishop Murphy High School to move from 2A to 3A or 4A to even out the football playing… Continue reading

Web Monkey asks: How about a trip to Mars?
Web Monkey: Archbishop Murphy should pick on someone its own size

Web Monkey: Archbishop Murphy should pick on someone its own size

“Archbishop Murphy High School Partnering with the NFL” read the press release in my inbox this week. “Finally,” I thought, “they’re playing someone who can… Continue reading

Web Monkey: Archbishop Murphy should pick on someone its own size
Web Monkey: The problem of Archbishop Murphy’s football team

Web Monkey: The problem of Archbishop Murphy’s football team

It’s election season and 65 percent of you agree in the last Web Monkey survey that voting should be free, not cost 68 cents. Now… Continue reading

Web Monkey: The problem of Archbishop Murphy’s football team