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Facing the challenge of public education

What would you say is the primary purpose of our schools? Is it to equip students for success in college? To develop critical thinkers? To create lifelong learners? To prepare students for future jobs...

 

Take our town back – Let's shift the conversation

I have been troubled by recent social media forums, many debating issues in our community as highlighted in a recent Arlington Times article that focused on activity at a local grocery store. I found...

 

Looking beyond the high school diploma

Philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote that “We must have some concept of the kind of person we wish to produce before we can have any definite opinion as to the education which we consider...

 

One year after Marysville-Pilchuck, simple solutions to prevent tragedy

In today's society, no one is immune to gun violence and its effects. It's touching all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds in America. As we grieve for the recent victims at Umpqua Community...

 

People First: Countering our American epidemic of alienation

Let me begin by giving credit where credit is due - People First is a national nonprofit that helps people with disabilities define themselves by their common humanity rather than by their disability....

 

Meeting the transportation needs of Snohomish County

We've all seen tremendous growth in Snohomish County, and there's more on the way. The Puget Sound Regional Council forecasts the county's population will increase another 240,000 people by 2040 -...

 
 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Rethinking the high school diploma

There are very few achievements in our culture that are valued as much as the high school diploma. And rightly so, for the high school diploma serves two critically important functions: 1) It certifies a minimum standard of competence in academic...

 

Facing an extremely challenging situation with determination, compassion and grace

On the six-month anniversary of the October 24th murder/suicide at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, I was privileged to be seated at a table with several student body leaders from M-PHS who had courageously agreed to give interviews to local...

 

Cooperation keys salmon recovery

As we begin our third decade of the annual state and tribal salmon co-managers' salmon season setting process called North of Falcon, it's a good time to look at how far we've come and talk about our...

 

Eating fish shouldn't be risky

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from one in one million to one in 100,000. That is unacceptable to the treaty Indian tribes in western...

 

New Congress, ongoing commitment to the Pacific Northwest economy

We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses...

 

Living in the aftermath of tragedy

These days when I shop in Marysville, I pay cash. My last name on my credit card attracts so many odd looks and awkward questions that I would rather save us all the discomfort. As an American Indian...

 

Declining funding, state budget deficit threaten Fish and Wildlife co-management

Years of declining funding combined with a current $2 billion state budget deficit leaves the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington wondering if the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be able...

 

Will public employee pension costs cause your property taxes to increase?

The House Finance Committee held a work session focused on the fiscal health of Washington's cities and counties. Among the presentations lawmakers heard was a pitch from the Washington Association of Counties to provide local governments more flexib...

 

Mayor Nehring message on MPHS shooting tragedy

Through times of crisis and loss such as the recent tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a community learns a lot about itself. The devastating event has grieved and stunned our entire...

 

We are a family

I looked at my phone and saw two missed calls from my friend, but I was in the middle of a conversation so I ignored the urge to call her back and looked back up at my other friend sitting across...

 

100 lawmakers and candidates respond to tax survey

Curious to know if those that hope to represent you in the Legislature next year believe you have the right to settle the twenty year debate about whether tax increases should receive a supermajority vote or voter approval? Washington Policy Center...

 

Will voters support tax increases for government pay raises?

By: Jason Mercier Director, Center for Government Reform Washington Policy Center (Tri-Cities office) First the good news, state revenue is currently projected to grow by $2.75 billion (8.2%) over 2013-15 for use in the 2015-17 budget. The bad news...

 

Tell The Truth

The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.” But that’s not what the state of Washington is doing when it comes to...

 

Labor Day, any day, count your blessings

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax....

 

News doesn't change much, so what's new?

Every day we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East. Take your pick of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and currently Israel and the Gaza strip. We aren’t hearing good news from any of those...

 
 By Russ Hepfer    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Inslee water quality plan too little, too late

More delay is about the only thing that any of us who live here in Washington can count on when it comes to a badly needed update of state water quality standards to protect our health. After decades of foot-dragging by previous governors, Gov. Jay...

 
 By Ed Johnstone    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Listen to the planet

Our planet is talking to us, and we’d better pay attention. It’s telling us that our climate and oceans are changing for the worse and that every living thing will be affected. The signs are everywhere. The only solution is for all of us to work...

 

Honoring the legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

So much has been written and said about the passing of Billy Frank Jr., our great leader and good friend. Many people are asking how to honor Billy's memory. Who will take his place? One way we can...

 
 By Cheryl Deckard    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Get up, get out, clean up

We are finally getting out of the “winter droops” and into the bright and sunny days of spring and summer. When those changes take hold you begin to notice the sounds of lawn mowers, you see...

 

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