This is the year. Things are going to be different this Christmas (the holiday we celebrate at my house). No procrastination this time, no feeling guilty that I frantically bought anything — anything! — just so my loved ones would have a gift or two to open on the big day.
Landmarks across the world were lit in the colors of the French flag over the weekend. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, lights won’t undo the damage in Paris.
The old Sunday morning trope asks, “What’s missing from CH _ _ CH? U R!“ No, it’s not particularly funny (my pastors growing up never were). It does, however, make a quick and important point — any group of people is only as vibrant as the people who participate in it.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns finally fell silent across France. Peace broke out that day, and soon 'Johnny came marching home' back to the U.S. For many years, Nov. 11 was recognized as Armistice Day - a day we gave recognition and thanks to our World War I veterans.
"Driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, Wash. - A car crashed and rolled over on its side on Highway 14 after the driver fell asleep at the wheel;"
There is only one initiative on this years’ ballot that is bringing together people from across the political spectrum and that’s King County Proposition 1, known as Best Starts for Kids. Investing in kids and investing in our community’s future is not an ideological issue — it is just the smart thing to do.
Manufacturers at the Northwest Chocolate Festival this past weekend in Seattle talked about biodynamic chocolate, grown, processed and manufactured all in the same place.
The Snoqualmie Valley has developed a reputation for, and I’ll admit it, an expectation of calm, quiet, even bucolic serenity. Most of the time, it’s a well-deserved reputation.
It hasn’t been a local issue, but the threat of teachers’ strikes has been a looming one this fall. Unless you’ve managed to avoid all forms of media, you can’t live in this area and not know that Seattle teachers were on strike for a few days this school year. You also can’t miss the connection to the state legislature’s funding problems, called on by school districts and the supreme court to fully fund basic education, but never quite managing it.
Reverse is not my favorite direction of travel, unless I’m not the one driving, or we’re talking about amusement park rides. On this point, I thought, I was in the majority — everyone has a minor-disaster-while-backing-up story from their days of learning to drive, right?
Next week, we will welcome more than 6,500 students back from the summer break as the 2015-16 school year gets underway. They will be coming back to schools where principals, teachers, and support staff are doing some truly exceptional work to ensure our students enjoy a successful school experience. In fact, the level of student achievement in our schools continues to be on par with the highest performing schools in the entire state.
Cynicism is one of my strongest suits. It hasn’t always served me well, but it’s become a habit that I don’t often see the benefit of breaking.
There’s a saying, often misquoted and misattributed, to the effect that the news, newspapers, or journalism, take your pick, is the “first, rough draft of history.”
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act.
If the 2016 presidential candidate coverage has you a little disoriented, you are not alone. It’s July, 2015, more than a year from the actual election and months from the caucuses that will convene to choose nominees by party. It seems much too soon for all this campaigning.
One of the things I wanted to make sure I didn’t neglect when I became editor here was praise. I wanted to give pats on the back for jobs well done, and not just participant ribbons. Some people might feel that the whole paper is about that, and sometimes it is. Those are the good weeks.
Every election year, we see a jump in the number of letters to the editor, endorsing particular candidates or ballot measures.
Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation is cooking up a big weekend for the city’s Independence Day bash. They’ve got your Friday night dinner and Saturday dessert covered, and, if you’re lucky, you might win a cover for your bed, too.
Fire officials give out the numbers all day — record numbers of fireworks permits sold in Washington this year, 432 incidents of traumatic injury and fire damage directly attritibuted to fireworks on or near July 4, 2014, 306 wildfires started already this year. People talk about the high risk of fire in the coffee shops, on the radio, and in online community groups. I’ve been hearing about it several times a day for the past month, and noticing the August-level rivers everywhere I drive.
It’s joyous and emotionally overwhelming to hear that the Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed, unequivocally that we are equal under the law and that our relationships and marriages will be recognized in every one of the 50 states. For many of us, it’s a day that we could never have imagined.