Time to consider a state income tax

Who likes high property taxes? Not me. But in many ways we only have ourselves to blame for our high property taxes. In Washington state… Continue reading

When will voters learn to say no to those increasing taxes?

My wife has suggested that I strap myself to my chair so that I won’t hurt myself when I receive our property tax statement. While… Continue reading

Everett grandmother’s action to report concerns saved lives

I want to say thank you to the grandmother who turned in her grandson and likely saved a lot of lives, heartache, terror and bloodshed… Continue reading

Heartbreak and understanding for Parkland students, parents

Regarding the shootings at the high school in Parkland, Florida, I see myself in the faces of the parents waiting for their kids to let… Continue reading

Drug take-back bill will result in price increases

A Feb. 10 story in The Herald about a drug take back bill in the Legislature, is another example of state government putting a financial… Continue reading

More attention needed on sythentic opioid, fentanyl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data estimates that opioids kill more than a dozen Washingtonians every week, and politicians are slow… Continue reading

Saunders’ column was good, but Hannity beat her to punch

There’s more than the Nunes memo, says columnist Debra J. Saunders in her Feb. 12 column. I read your article and it was a good… Continue reading

Bill would help contract workers take benefits to new jobs

The culture of work is changing. “Gig economy” work is on the rise. Think Uber, Uber Eats, Lyft, and Taskrabbit. Individuals working on a contracted… Continue reading

Companies making change of address for mail difficult

For whatever reasons, have you had to change your mailing address? We have. And I just want to say, I’m trying! It used to be… Continue reading

Heavy Falcon flight, Tesla in space a welcome sight

This is just what we needed, at just the right time. Some thing to divert our fears from The Grand Pooh-bah, and show the world… Continue reading

Support bills banning salmon net pens in state waters

I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to the past and present Island County Board of Commissioners for their efforts to ban… Continue reading

Don’t blame God for Donald Trump’s presidency

Herald columnist Tom Burke speaks truth to power in his Feb. 5 column in The Herald. And, FYI to Christian evangelicals, God did not make… Continue reading

Social agenices shouldn’t give up on ‘tough cases’

My son has medical, behavioral health and housing stability issues. Many specialists from a variety of “resources”; that is support groups, social service workers, religious… Continue reading

Substitute columnist is no Krauthammer

I read Marc Thiessen’s column in the Feb. 2 Herald, and was very disappointed in its tone and content. I usually disagree with most of… Continue reading

Tribes have stated opposition to PUD’s hydropower project

My December letter to the editor compared the needs of starving southern resident orca whales with the desires of Snohomish County PUD to develop hydropower… Continue reading

Don’t sacrifice U.S. property to build border wall

I am shocked that Donald Trump and the Republican party want to give away United States territory to Mexico. Trump and Republican lawmakers are using… Continue reading

Mountain goat relocation would benefit many

In response to the Jan. 6 guest commentary regarding the relocation of mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades, there are several… Continue reading

Obscenities toward marchers showed true colors

Recently, my husband and I marched in the local Impeach Trump March that corresponded with hundreds of Women’s Marches all over our country. Outside the… Continue reading

Letter opposing Lake Stevens library bond incorrect on cost

I’d like to respond to Frank Schimicci’s letter to the editor of Feb 8. First, his math needs to be corrected. The owner of a… Continue reading