Opinion

Thoughts on shoreline update

Protecting the shoreline.

  • Nov 3, 2008

How to make the Economy Grow

One thing about economics – like time and the weather, it plays no favorites.

  • Nov 3, 2008
Kirkland Reporter Publisher Mike Walter

The election process: Through our kid’s eyes

An interesting thought occurred to me while discussing politics with my eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son over the last few months. What would happen if… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008
Kirkland Reporter Publisher Mike Walter
Former Rep. Toby Nixon

Former Rep. Toby Nixon asks for your vote

Final thoughts: 45th District candidates lay out the issues

  • Oct 29, 2008
Former Rep. Toby Nixon
Rep. Roger Goodman

Rep. Roger Goodman deserves another term

Final thoughts: 45th District candidates lay out the issues

  • Oct 29, 2008
Rep. Roger Goodman

County budget in perspective

You’ve probably heard the news. King County is facing a $93 million budget shortfall for 2009, close to 10 percent of its general fund. This is one of the worst deficits our county government has ever experienced. Many of the most critical services provided by King County, such as health, human services and public safety, do not have dedicated funding sources, like a tax levy, to support them. Therefore, it is these regional services that will be most at risk for budget cuts.

  • Oct 21, 2008

Letters to the Editor

Differences between Goodman, Nixon

  • Oct 21, 2008

Me and my ballot

Soon, we’ll vote in the most crucial election in anyone’s lifetime. Cliché sounding since every election is crucial –- it’s just that some are more crucial than others.

  • Oct 21, 2008
'Bailout'

Bailout

Editorial art by Jeff Johnson.

  • Oct 15, 2008
'Bailout'

Water, water everywhere

If you haven’t checked your 401(k) or stock portfolio lately, don’t. Reliable sources have it that any resulting illness occasioned thereby isn’t covered by health insurance – like shareholders of former “Friend of the Family,” Washington Mutual, you’ll be on your own.

  • Oct 15, 2008

Lost to the purge: Vanishing voters

I didn’t fall off -- somebody pushed me.

Local company supports schools with fundraising program

Local toy company, Earthentree announces the launch of a fall fundraiser benefiting local schools; “Earthentree for Education: Ten Percent for Schools”. Earthentree is offering all local schools (pre-school through 12th grade) the opportunity to earn 10 percent of all sales to its parents, friends and supporters without any administrative work on the part of the school.

  • Oct 6, 2008

A familiar voice | Editor Carrie Wood

I’m putting myself out on a limb here. Just like the Cougars have rivaled the Huskies (of which I am one), I’ve heard that Kirklandites are longtime rivals with Bellevueites. So here’s the full disclosure. I started with Sound Publishing newspapers in 2006 and up until recently, I wrote for the Bellevue Reporter.

PLEASE – I’M IN A HURRY!

This column is written in defense of a very misunderstood group in our society: those of us who are always in a hurry. Although we are a minority, there are many of us who live among you in suburbia. And not all of us are originally from New York. Most of us simply care about our lives too much to let you waste it by failing to have your car in gear when the light turns green.

  • Sep 24, 2008

Education: Who really is in it for the kids?

“School choice - It’s a matter of social justice!” With these words delivered with the passion and cadence of a black preacher, Dr. Howard Fuller, an educational innovator, former superintendent of the Milwaukee, Wis. school district, co-founder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), and long-time advocate of vouchers and charter schools, challenged attendees at a recent meeting of the State Policy Network, an organization of free-market-oriented public policy think tanks.

  • Sep 23, 2008

Letters to the editor

Moratorium disappointing

  • Sep 22, 2008

In an emergency, volunteers save lives

When the flood waters rose last December, Kelley Jones received a phone call. As a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer in Thurston County, she was asked to assist the relief effort in rural communities west of Centralia. Kelley and another volunteer went door to door asking residents if they needed help. The flood survivors she met were trying to meet their most basic needs while they grappled with the loss of livestock, homes, and treasured possessions.

  • Sep 22, 2008

Institutional investing for the individual investor

Once again, we’re seeing extreme volatility in the stock and bond markets. Investors are worried about their portfolios. Locally, the stock prices of two companies that have been longtime stable giants for many investors – Washington Mutual and Starbucks – have collapsed before our eyes.

  • Sep 22, 2008

Furnace check-up now can save money through winter

The autumnal equinox is here. Labor Day may be the ceremonial finale to summer, but the equinox is the meteorological “so long, see ya next year.”

  • Sep 16, 2008

Teacher strikes and the law

Now that the Bellevue teachers’ strike is over, it’s time to ask and answer a simple question: are teachers’ strikes acceptable?

  • Sep 16, 2008