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Ted Kaczynski died by suicide on June 10. Some may remember him, some may not. I am fascinated by what makes people like Kaczynski turn to killing other human beings. Was he abused as a child? … more
My wife and I returned recently from a trip to the United Kingdom. The British people were welcoming, helpful and very accommodating, not at all like some other countries we have visited that seemed … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and stockpiles is setting off global alarms. It has American manufacturers in a bind as they ramp up domestic electric vehicle (EV) … more
This year, the Washington Legislature passed a controversial bill that will allow runaways to evade their parents and stay under state custody if the children are looking for abortions or sex change … more
Brace yourself. Your paycheck in July will probably be a little smaller. That’s when the state will begin collecting premium payments for its long-term care insurance program, called WA … more
Americans have always had a fascination with the mafia.  Just recall the popularity of the movie “The Godfather” and the television series, “The Sopranos.”  … more
The deal reached between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to increase our nation’s debt limit was a welcome compromise.   It appears to avert our nation’s … more
In one of the columns I started to write — prior to my taking a rest from 15 years of writing columns for newspapers — I touched on the topic of artists who found their own way of dealing … more
Growing up, I loved the sound of my grandpa’s mantel clock.  It was an old Howard Miller pendulum wind-up clock. The clock key was for both the time and chimes. I can still remember … more
When I talk to constituents in the 20th Legislative District about issues affecting our communities and state, many have expressed to me a deep distrust in our governing institutions. This … more
Last year, our Democratic colleagues felt compelled to brag that the Legislature had adjourned on schedule five sessions in a row, with no need to go into overtime. It was presumably an attempt to … more
Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common: beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and vibrant salmon and trout … more
Salmon extinction is not an option, but harvest management alone is not going to get us to recovery. In April, the treaty tribes in western Washington and our state co-manager finalized the … more
I recall the debate in the 1980s and ‘90s concerning robots taking over our lives and the world.   Movies like “Terminator” and “The Matrix” didn’t help … more
Working in education is the most rewarding occupation I could ever imagine. Nothing brings more pride and joy than the celebration by students when they accomplish new things, meet their goals … more
Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington.   Throughout our state, fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom and colorful lentils carpeted the … more
Depending on how you measure success, the recently concluded Washington legislative session was either really great, not as terrible as normal or a frustrating combination of progress and setbacks … more
Republicans came into this year’s legislative session vowing to fix the state’s drug possession law so offenders would have more incentive to enter and complete treatment. We remain … more
Do you have a hobby or collecting activity you enjoy? If your answer is “yes,” you might be delighted to learn there are health benefits to collecting.  My dad loved collecting … more
My mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville where three students and three adults were shot to death is devastating. It … more
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