Tip was Right | Tom H. Hastings

“All politics is local.” Did former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Tip O’Neill say it first? We don’t know, but he certainly… Continue reading

Can We Unlock the Golden Door? | Robert C. Koehler

Around 9 a.m., a helicopter began circling overhead. Moments later, as Jonathan Blitzer wrote recently in the New Yorker, a fleet of cars pulled up… Continue reading

Difficult Positions: The Death Penalty and Nikolas Cruz | Laura Finley

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where… Continue reading

A Week of Pomp and Circumstance | Peter Funt

Three disparate events within a week’s time captured the world’s attention and provided a fresh take on how we regard pomp and circumstance. The funeral… Continue reading

Swamp Drained? How, Exactly? | John L. Micek

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who hails from northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, likes to brag about the fact he was one of his state’s… Continue reading

The Alternate States of America | Blair Bess

We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of… Continue reading

Deja vu all over again | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Gun rights activists and their legislative allies may have messed up again in their political calculations in Washington. They succeeded in blocking passage… Continue reading

We’re All In This Together | Lee H. Hamilton

Our republic is under stress. So much so, in fact, that if you’re not worried about its future, you probably haven’t been paying attention. What… Continue reading

Bainbridge council picks Schneider as its newest council member

Leslie Schneider has been appointed to the Bainbridge Island City Council. The council held a special meeting before the start of its regular council session… Continue reading

Trump’s 65th week in office | In cartoons

With the president spending the week in Mar-a-Lago, editorial cartoonists around the world got a bit of a breather during Trump’s 65th week in the… Continue reading

Trump Zombies | Raging Moderate

The followers of Donald Trump are many things. Loyal, rabid, focused, committed, single-minded, self-righteous, rabid and oblivious. And rabid. Many folks have gone so far… Continue reading

Should We Lower The Voting Age To 16? | Tyrades!

According to NBC News, the majority of the Washington, D.C. council as well as the mayor and the “Washington Post” are pushing a bill that… Continue reading

Missouri’s Republican Sex Scandal is Way Better Than Trump’s | Dick Polman

Need a break from Trump? Come with me to Missouri. Where else can you find a Republican governor who’s under indictment on a felony charge… Continue reading

The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump | Steve Klinger

In the summer of 2016 I wrote a song titled “Not This Time,” about an unnamed demagogue seeking power in America. The song concluded that… Continue reading

No, I Don’t Hate Conservatives. I Disagree With Them | John L. Micek

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate… Continue reading

Bainbridge council picks finalists for vacant council seat

Five finalists have been picked for further consideration for the vacant seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council: Leslie Schneider, Nathan Daum, Mark Jordan, Monica… Continue reading

Money to spend | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The state will expend a chunk of taxpayer dollars in the coming months searching for wolves in the south Cascades, assessing the need… Continue reading

Wishy-Washy White House | Blair Bess

From the moment he took office, President Trump has repeatedly experienced buyer’s remorse. In the last week, the president has undermined a key member of… Continue reading

Candidate withdrawn from pool of applicants for Bainbridge council post

The field of candidates for the vacant Central Ward seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council has dropped from 11 to 10 after it was… Continue reading

Vacant Bainbridge council seat now has 11 applicants

Three more people have stepped forward as candidates for the vacant Central Ward seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council. The three new candidates means… Continue reading