Opinion

The truth about yard sales | Pat Cashman

While recorded history stretches pretty far back, it doesn’t go back far enough to tell us the name of the person who invented the yard sale. Perhaps it was an early caveman named Og Yard. Maybe Og had decided to unload a bunch of spears and clubs he didn’t need any more by staging a cave sale – or maybe he called it a “spring cave-cleaning sale.” No, wait a minute! That’s preposterous. That had to be Og’s wife.

  • Jul 24, 2008
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Keep it clean when computing | Column

Like any writer, my first obligation is to my readers. That obligation naturally extends to the accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of the subject on which I choose to write. Additionally, there is an expectation that I convey relevant and useful technology-related information.

  • Jul 24, 2008
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Hail the Port of Seattle-King County rail deal

When the Port of Seattle and King County recently acquired the Eastside Rail Corridor from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in a complicated three-way agreement, the public acquired a valuable corridor to be developed into a bike and recreational trail, which will preserve its potential for transportation options, possibly including high-capacity transit.

  • Jul 24, 2008
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We can learn something from Germany’s solar surge

Autobahn. Lederhosen. Oktoberfest. Say “Germany” and that’s a bit of what comes to mind.

  • Jul 23, 2008
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Who should McCain pick for vice president?

A few weeks ago I surveyed the major contenders for Barack Obama’s running mate and concluded that he will likely select a popular Governor in a swing state.

Easing the pain of expensive gas

Time magazine had an interesting article in a recent July issue: 10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas.

  • Jul 21, 2008
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Get on the bus for improving Washington schools

Today, most family-wage jobs in Washington require some form of post-secondary education or training. By 2014, 77 percent of those jobs will require training or education after high school — in King and Snohomish counties the number jumps to 85 percent. And yet, Washington allows too many of its children to graduate from high school unprepared for post-secondary life.

  • Jul 18, 2008
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How to get the mouse back in the house

Wired Northwest would like to remind everyone to please recycle your old computers and peripherals properly by bringing them to the recycling event on Saturday, July 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., held at City of Redmond Maintenance and Operation Center, 18120 NE 76th Street.

  • Jul 17, 2008
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A disservice to state voters

Leave it to our state’s major political parties to not know the meaning of “no.”

  • Jul 17, 2008
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The all-too-many follies of motivational speakers speakers”

I’m planning to write one of those self-help, motivational books one of these days. That is, if I can get up for it. I almost got around to it yesterday, but I got invited to a chili feed at the last moment.

  • Jul 16, 2008
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Dead cow island: one scary, creepy experience

Compared to other living things, we humans are peculiar in lots of ways.

  • Jul 11, 2008
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Along for the ride

I love living a technology-filled life. On any given day, I engage in multiple cell phone conversations, conduct several email exchanges, send and receive too-many-to-count… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2008
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Staying cool and safe in the summertime

Summer is finally heating up and that means people will be looking for ways to cool off.

Barack Obama and “change”

Barack Obama and “change.”

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.