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Today's Opinions

  • Is the important trivial, or the trivial important?

    It was Sunday a couple weeks ago and, as always, I found myself at 8 a.m. in front of the TV watching one of those weekly news shows. The discussion, as always, involved the presidential race, and as I took a swallow of coffee, it occurred to me that I was completely wasting my time given that I will not be around to vote next November.

  • 'In the pink' has whole new meaning

    When I first came down with cancer and began the chemo routine, I never thought twice about the color pink. Now I notice every woman who comes into the chemo lab decked out in a pink hat with matching pink scarf.

    I understand that the color pink has come to designate those with breast cancer, which leaves out men for the most part. But today I wonder whether pink is confined to breast cancer. Do some of those women running around with pink hats have colon cancer? Or lung cancer?

  • Some days the bark is worse than the bite

    There are days, and then there are days. I had a day last Saturday.

    It all started with my grandson’s 6th birthday party. My wife, who takes such things very seriously, spent at least two days running around finding party favors, candy, decorations and other assorted junk. By Saturday morning, you would swear we were in the home party business.

  • 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.