Opinion

Ocain and McBama: An election primer

First off, I won’t be endorsing either of the presidential candidates in John McCain or Barack Obama.

  • Jun 16, 2008

A Father’s Day snapshot | Pat Cashman

Father’s Day is coming up this week, and so is my dad’s 85th birthday. I sure wish he were going to be here to celebrate both occasions, but he’s been gone for 20 years. Digging through a bunch of old photos of him the other day, I came across one from Fathers Day 1964. I was startled. It was a photo of our entire family — me, my four brothers and mom dutifully facing the camera, posing the way conventional people do. Except for dad. He is facing backwards. Why was he facing backwards? Simply because it looked funny, I guess. Or maybe he was showing off a new haircut. There was no other reason.

  • Jun 14, 2008

Dad’s day of rest

Growing up, I didn’t get to see my dad as much as most kids.

Fresh summer salads are a breeze to make

Summer is approaching and fresh fruit is arriving in the stores.

  • Jun 12, 2008

All the smarts in the world still can’t keep some afloat | Pat Cashman

Ever met one of those people who seemingly can do everything? I know a guy like that. He speaks approximately 47 different languages fluently, including Esperanto. He can play 14 musical instruments — simultaneously.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Carlson: 6 VP ideas for Obama not named Hillary

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate? Obviously she thinks so. If she’s not on the ticket and Obama wins, she’ll be sidelined for at least four and perhaps eight years, at which point she’ll be 68.

Family crises all about how you handle them

Every family experiences painful losses. Beloved pets and family members die. So do hopes and marriages. Tragedies and accidents happen, unfortunately. As parents, we may not be able to protect our children from crisis or loss, but we can react in a way that prevents it from tearing the family apart. What matters isn’t whether you have a crisis, but how you handle it.

  • Jun 11, 2008

How to defrost your frozen computer

Q: My two year old PC, running Windows XP Professional freezes up several times a day and I have to restart it using the power button.

  • Jun 5, 2008

Motorists must share the road

On May 21, inclement weather didn’t stop a band of King County cyclists from the task at hand: riding an 11-mile route to acknowledge the untimely deaths of their comrades.

  • Jun 5, 2008

Community journalism: collaborative, family affair

When we had to start thinking about our senior project in early February, I knew I wanted to volunteer for a newspaper and get a feel for professional journalism.

  • Jun 5, 2008

Greenberg: Never too early to start molding your kids

My twin sons are now about six weeks old — so naturally, it’s time to begin applying to private preschools. I considered starting this process two weeks ago — but I believe that kids need a chance to be kids.

  • Jun 3, 2008

WIAA on wrong track with Bellermine decision

The state organization that governs high school sports has stumbled in a recent decision involving girls track. Because of it, common sense has been shoved aside in favor of a questionable rule. The issue involves the girls 3,200-meter run at the recent Class 4A track and field meet in Pasco. One of the runners — Nicole Cochran of Bellarmine Prep — was disqualified when a judge ruled she stepped over the inside lane line during the race. Cochran dominated the race and won by three seconds, but was denied her medal. Here’s the problem. A video of the race shows that it wasn’t Cochran who stepped over the line, but another runner.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Ideas, not imagery, key to changing D.C. politics

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town. Instead the tenacious Ron Paul people, who made up more than a third of the delegates, contested the McCain forces on virtually every front.

WIRED magazine: time to rethink ‘going green’

Wanna buy a car that’s gentle on the environment? Then don’t buy a new hybrid. Are you buying organic food because it’s good for the environment? If so, you’re making a mistake. Those are just two of the 10 claims made by the writers at WIRED magazine in its lead story: “Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What it Means to be Green.”

Top-two primary is really best two primary

The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter. The reason? We have a new primary system this year and there’s no longer a guarantee that both a Democrat and a Republican will make it to the November General Election ballot.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Don’t let alcohol stand in the way of your graduate’s future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • May 31, 2008

Transportation: What went wrong when

It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections.

Adventures in moving

I helped a friend and his wife load their stuff into a big U-Haul some days ago. They were moving to southern California.

  • May 30, 2008

Grilled flank steak: Elegant and easy

Looking for an easy, low fat and elegant meal for entertaining?

  • May 30, 2008

Guns, freedom, common sense

Pretty much everyone agrees that people shouldn’t have guns in planes and bars. Guns don’t mix well with alcohol. But what about other places?

  • May 30, 2008