Opinion

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Grilled flank steak: Elegant and easy

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

  • May 30, 2008
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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
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Hot buttons: How to help your child manage anger

From cyberspace bullying to school shootings, the news is filled with examples of youthful anger run amok.

  • May 30, 2008
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The new-look Volkswagen SUV: Funny name, serious people-mover

Two is better than one. Volkswagen has finally freshened their very successful Touareg SUV, now called the Touareg 2. Funny name, serious people-mover.

  • May 30, 2008
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Community College education: Broad brush, precision tool

Most of us recognize education’s sweeping impact as an equalizer and door to opportunity for people of all backgrounds and economic status.

  • May 30, 2008
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Creative solutions to the home mortgage crisis

The suburbs are synonymous with success. We pride ourselves on having good schools, nice homes, and police sophisticated enough to racially profile without appearing to do so.

  • May 30, 2008
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How to take on those frustrating font issues

How to take on those frustrating font issues

In this week’s edition of Tech Talk, we address fonts, fun and frustration.

  • May 30, 2008
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How to take on those frustrating font issues
All aboard: Riding the bandwagon to Greenville

All aboard: Riding the bandwagon to Greenville

A neighbor of mine — Tony — is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously.

  • May 30, 2008
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All aboard: Riding the bandwagon to Greenville