Today's Opinions

  • Presuming guilt in a media-driven age

    Seldom is the force of government more concentrated than at the moment a district attorney decides whether to pursue a case against a defendant. We hope our prosecutors are men and women of sound judgment and unimpeachable integrity, and for the most part they are. But every so often a case exposes how vulnerable our system can be to an unprincipled individual.

  • Ritter's union move will be divisive

    It’s getting tougher and tougher to write this column. Not because I have cancer, but because I simply don’t get around much anymore. I seldom stop by the newspaper, so I have little idea of what’s going on ee you know, the background stuff. Oh, I still read the paper, but nothing beats hanging around the newsroom, or talking with friends. That’s where the really good ideas come from.

  • Letter to the editor

    Rockies World Series ticket nightmare

  • Website, soccer require fancy footwork

    Long before the advent of the Internet, Sir Walter Scott told of the tangled webs we weave. And it has been a long, tangled trip from our old website to the new version you can now enjoy.

    But that journey was worth every step.

    Our site is now better organized, more attractive and fully functional — 24 hours a day. It features Matt Jonas’ stunning photos, breaking news from our reporters and a host of features still to come, including video and photo galleries. Some bugs still need to be worked out, but that will come with time.

  • Capitalism at its worst is running amok

    For 12 years my wife and I lived in the Puget Sound area of Washington state ee the real Washington.

    If you’ve spent any time there, you know where Gig Harbor is and what a quaint little community the residents have built. There you’ll find friendly, outdoorsy types who can’t wait for the next sidewalk art show or community play — not unlike us.

  • EPRD not walking the straight and narrow?

    The Evergreen Parks and Recreation District board violated the spirit and likely the letter of the open meetings law in hiring its executive director.

  • As with the garden, love lives on

    As some of you may know from past columns, I’m an avid gardener. To me there’s nothing like planting seed and turning it into a lush garden.

    This year I again planted some 40 feet of corn four rows deep. The crazy part is that I do it just to watch it grow. I harvest virtually nothing because it’s ornamental. I also planted sunflowers, carrots, pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes and marigolds to ward off the insects that in the past have wreaked havoc on the tomatoes. I paid $10 for a rhubarb plant that lasted all of one week in the hot Colorado sun.