Opinion

Battle global warming with new enviro-friendly showerheads

Sun, sun, sun . . . at last! After speculation that summer would be cancelled, the sun is blazing down again. And of course, not moments after the sun arrived, so did the chorus of “It’s too hot!”

  • Jul 7, 2008

Sibling rivalries: How parents can help keep the peace

As the third of five children, I learned to live in the middle, working both sides to my advantage and negotiating, always negotiating.

  • Jul 7, 2008

History filled with famous — and not-so-famous — quotes

Can you spot the sentence that is not contained within our nation’s Declaration of Independence?

  • Jul 5, 2008

The difference between favorites and bookmarks

Q: What is the difference between adding a Web site to my favorites and bookmarking a Web site?

  • Jul 3, 2008

The gas tax cometh

If you’ve been watching the steady climb of gasoline prices, you may have missed the latest boost by the state to the gas tax. As of July 1, the state added the final 1.5-cent increase from the 2005 transportation revenue package passed by the Legislature.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Quick quiz on our country’s history | John Carlson

How well do you, your family and friends know your country’s history? Take the following quiz and find out. It could make for some interesting conversations during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Fourth of July with the ‘other side’ of the family

Note: This week’s column is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, “Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide.” I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you! Enjoy, and look for the book in stores this fall. I will also be doing some book and stand-up events across the country — with special attention paid to Kirkland, Redmond and my homeys of the greater Eastside. Hope to see you there!

  • Jul 2, 2008

Myths of the PSE merger

And I thought the weather got people riled up! Going from meteorology to the energy industry put me in stormy seas.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Bringing some law and order to our country | Pat Cashman

The other day, I thought of a new law that ought to be enacted.

  • Jun 30, 2008

It’s important to recycle in our high-tech world

As co-owner of a technology company, it is my role and responsibility to stay up-to-date on the arrival and adaptation of as many technological ideas, innovations and practices as humanly possible.

  • Jun 28, 2008

Teachers weave the living fabric of society

Several years ago, I watched a thought-provoking film, The Great Divorce, based on the book by C. S. Lewis.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Time to celebrate and play it safe

With Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate. But before your family celebrates this year, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Attention couch potatoes: Look for the EnergyStar logo on new TVs

Thinking of buying a new television? Well, apparently you are not alone if a new jumbo-tronic video monster is calling your name. According to a consumer survey taken this May, more Americans than ever are thinking of getting a new TV.

  • Jun 25, 2008

What should we do about high gas prices?

Every candidate for president, the U.S. Senate and Congress should be asked the following question this year: Do you want the price of gasoline to come down?

Time for downtown to get a makeover

Downtown Redmond needs a makeover.

  • Jun 25, 2008

Deleted digital photos may not be entirely lost | Tech Talk

A Q&A feature on various tech questions.

  • Jun 23, 2008

A wagging tail beats good looks every time | Pat Cashman

Among the sights I have yet to see is that of a protestor marching in front of the corporate headquarters of Raid, carrying a placard that says, “End the killing of spiders, fleas, houseflies, chiggers, mealworms and cockroaches!”

  • Jun 23, 2008

Redmond grads: rise up and make a difference

So you’ve graduated, now what? Over the past couple weeks, several hundred students from Redmond threw their flat hats into the air — knowing that they will soon come down to Earth. Capped by throwing your caps in the air, high school graduation is a day devoted to celebrating an important point in students’ lives. Examinations are finally over, scruffiness is replaced with fancy clothes and parents admire their children for reaching the finishing line of a long marathon. Most of all, it is a time of unrestrained optimism.

  • Jun 23, 2008

Tim Russert’s lessons for life

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack?

Getting the urge to take it outside

Our Pacific Northwest climate generally limits outdoor dining activities to 3 or 4 months of the year.

  • Jun 16, 2008