August 26, 2015
Let me ask you good readers a question — when did it become acceptable to aggressively ignore authority, especially officers of the law?
There have been quite a few truly unfortunate incidents in the media in the past couple of years involving the police, with their actions leading to the death of a civilian. While nobody else but those involved were at the incidents, certain common facts emerge from each, leading me to conclude many of those killed would still be alive today if they hadn’t first resisted arrest.
August 19, 2015
NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015
Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?
It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.
Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.
I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.
You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more
August 11, 2015
NEW — 2:40 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
Every week I get an email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, updating me on recalls on vehicles.
I always look for my car first, and then I glance back through the list with family and friends in mind.
I have to confess, this list scares me. Read more
August 5, 2015
NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?
One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.
“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 29, 2015
So, you think we’re having a dry summer? Yes, you would be right, and it’s not even August yet. But let me share a personal story of what it’s like to be under the other shoe when it drops.
It’s the summer of 1986, and after four years of dating and a three-year engagement, my wife is finally ready to set a date for marriage.
July 23, 2015
There’s no question that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have to have courage in a world where fears and stereotypes about their so-called “lifestyle” still run rampant.
When Caitlyn Jenner stepped to the podium at last week’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and delivered a stirring speech, it was an important moment for American society in acknowledging transgender people, that they deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.
July 16, 2015
I received an intriguing bundle of postcards in the mail here at work the other day — all had images of “my” art exhibits from across the United States.
No, I’m not moonlighting as a modern artist on the East Coast. Rather, I share a more common name than I thought.
July 9, 2015
It’s too hot outside, you say?
For many people, it very well may be too hot.
July 2, 2015
A little over a month ago, I wrote a column about how maybe, just maybe, fear of the easy availability of guns, not outright racism, was responsible for the shooting by police of an apparently unarmed black couple in my native Cleveland.
All in all, the “peacekeepers” in blue peppered the couple’s car with 137 shots. One officer jumped on the roof of the stopped car and fired 15 of those shots through the windshield. For some reason (sarcasm alert,) he was prosecuted (unsuccessfully) instead of held up as a hero.
July 2, 2015
Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.
Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.