Politics

Trump’s a Mad Man | Peter Funt

Say this much for Donald Trump and his most rabid defenders: They have a way with words. Mostly, however, it’s the way of Madison Avenue.… Continue reading

Dirty tricks vs. democracy | Tom H. Hastings

Can Republicans survive without dirty tricks? Open question. Some historical and current examples cause pause as we consider this. Trump has just issued a full… Continue reading

Talk will turn to money | The Petri Dish

Washington public school teachers are ready to reap financial rewards from their long battle to increase state funding for education. Union leaders are making no… Continue reading

Time to Reconsider Regime Change in Syria? | Blair Bess

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar… Continue reading

Congress Not Up to the Task of Taking On Facebook | John L. Micek

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when… Continue reading

Bainbridge hit with avalanche of applications for council post

The pack of candidates to fill the vacant Bainbridge Island City Council seat swelled to eight by noon Friday. Six more islanders submitted applications late… Continue reading

Circus Trump | Raging Moderate

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of… Continue reading

Want to Help the World? Resolve Conflicts | Lee H. Hamilton

In a world riven by tension, there’s one skill that stands above all others: the ability to resolve conflict. It is the paramount challenge of… Continue reading

Rethinking the Whole Country | Robert C. Koehler

Repeal and replace? How about the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people… Continue reading

The GOP’s ‘Hollow Men’: Spineless in the Face of Crisis | Dick Polman

Whenever I ponder the despicable impotence of the congressional Republicans - especially now, as we lurch toward a national crisis long in the making —… Continue reading

Senator Murray responds to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) shared well wishes for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan following his retirement announcement Wednesday. But Washington state’s senior… Continue reading

Police Accountability and Qualified Immunity | Laura Finley

The family of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was shot by Sacramento police, has filed a lawsuit in federal court, denouncing his… Continue reading

If not here, where? | Guest Viewpoint

Islands are relatively closed ecosystems with finite edges bordering only water. In 1991, Bainbridge Island became an independent city from Kitsap County to get better… Continue reading

A Dangerous Game of Chicken | Mel Gurtov

As the “tit-for-tat” trade fight between the U.S. and China escalates, Donald Trump is likely to find that he doesn’t “know China” the way he… Continue reading

Trump’s Latest Headache is in Wisconsin | Dick Polman

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the… Continue reading

Trump’s 63rd week in office | In cartoons

Sixty three and counting. President Trump finished his 63rd week in the White House, and his past week has been filled with the continuing news… Continue reading

Psychologist offers to serve on Bainbridge Island City Council

A second volunteer has stepped up to serve on the Bainbridge Island City Council following the resignation of Mike Scott. Scott resigned his Central Ward… Continue reading

Crony corruption in Trumpworld | Tom H. Hastings

Scott Pruitt flies first class international with his entourage to Paris for a couple of days — just to party — and then on to… Continue reading

MLK Assassination Day – 4-4-68 — Violence Understood | Kary Love

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The night before, King gave a speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis where he… Continue reading

Giving Up Coins Is Penny Foolish | Peter Funt

Now that the nation has a $1.3 trillion budget, lawmakers can resume debate about whether to pinch pennies. The threat to do away with pennies… Continue reading