Ban cellphone, emailing, texting while driving | Editorial

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken a tough, but necessary, stand on texting, emailing or chatting while driving a vehicle. The board wants it outlawed.

  • Jan 1, 2012

Editorial | Smartphones, hubris, oh my | Dennis Box

The best way to start this column is a line from Roman Polanski’s 1974 film “Chinatown.” Noah Cross says to J.J. Gittes, “You may think you know what you’re dealing with, but believe me, you don’t.” Oh yeah.

  • Dec 29, 2011

Editorial cartoon of the week by Frank Shiers, Jr.

A look at the new year through cartoon of Frank Shiers, Jr.

  • Dec 26, 2011

Editorial | A Christmas underworld | Dennis Box

Christmas stories are a tradition in many families. You hear of folks talk about watching Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year.

Editorial cartoon of the week by Frank Shiers, Jr.

The weekly editorial view from the pen of Frank Shiers, Jr.

  • Dec 22, 2011

Editorial | Evaluating teachers in today’s classroom | Melvin Tate

These days, in some school districts both teachers and administrators are being evaluated to some extent based on student performance on standardized tests, and their jobs may depend on how well their students perform. Back in the day, with less diversity, there would have been only a few problems using students’ scores on standardized tests as a significant part of a teachers’ evaluation. However, in some areas student populations have dramatically changed in a variety of ways.

Editorial | The green, red and white divinity of Christmas past | Dennis Box

Christmas is right around the corner and as usual I am completely unprepared for everything. I have no idea what to buy, where to go to purchase anything and my daughter will be home for the holidays, which means life as I know it is over.

  • Dec 17, 2011

Invasion of the phone zombies | Dennis Box

I like to watch movies. I grew up watching movies with my grandma and I knew all the stars from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s by the time I was 10.

  • Dec 17, 2011

Frank Shiers weekly editorial cartoon

Frank Shiers, Jr. editorial cartoon of the week.

  • Dec 11, 2011

Remembering a time of infamy | Dennis Box

My column this week was going to be about a political issue until I noticed the date Wednesday morning. My calendar lists Dec. 7 as “Remember Pearl Harbor” day.

  • Dec 11, 2011

A view of Occupy protests | Editorial

On Sept. 21, I participated in a rally at Occupy Seattle. I did so to support the movement and specifically in protest of our country’s over-reliance on a carbon-based economy and the mega corporations that profit extravagantly from its continuance to the detriment of our environment.

Lessons learned from the political season | Editorial

The 2011 political season is one I will not soon forget. It ranks up there as one of the most interesting I have been involved in for several years.

Dragging the boss into 2011 | Editorial

I am a technology geek. True, in May 2009 I wrote in a column in this newspaper that even as a lover of gadgets, there’s too much technology out there and I refused to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. I eventually relented. I’m @hill_kris if you want to follow me.

Black Friday editorial cartoon | Frank Shiers

Frank Shiers editorial cartoon takes a look at Black Friday.

  • Nov 27, 2011

The civic duty to maintain health | Timi Gustafson

Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether making healthcare coverage mandatory for all Americans is constitutional or not. The principal question is whether the government should have the power to make people buy a particular product – in this case health insurance – regardless whether they want it or not.

The cure for the state budget is jobs now | Editorial

We don’t really have a budget problem – we have a jobs problem. When the economy was good, the budget was fine. So the question is this: How can we balance the budget while creating jobs?

Higher sales tax not the answer | Editorial

If you haven’t started your holiday shopping, you might want to hold on to your wallet. Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the state to dig deeper into your pocket to help bail-out the state budget.

Thanksgiving when food was really food | Dennis Box

I started thinking about food today, probably because of Thanksgiving — the great American food day of the year.

A community that gives all the year around | Dean Radford

The world just seems to come to Tukwila. You would almost think the Statue of Liberty has been plunked down in the Duwamish next to the community center.

Editorial | The education of youth through family and community | Melvin Tate

I could be a great critic of school systems, especially in the light of all the battles we have fought during the past 20 years to dismantle the structures in the system that foster disproportionality and a number of disparities affecting impoverished students of all colors. However, educators are not the only ones responsible for educating students in a given community.

  • Nov 20, 2011