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.
June 25, 2015
In keeping with tradition, this is the commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy! — Greg Farrar
By Ivy Catlin, student speaker
Tiger Mountain Community High School
Words cannot describe the tears of sorrow and relief I’ve cried over being a part of this graduating class of Tiger Mountain Community High School. I think we can all agree that this is a bittersweet moment for us all.
June 17, 2015
Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.
Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.
June 10, 2015
I’ve been through many phases in my life, but nothing as dramatic as Bruce Jenner’s new phase, mind you.
There was that 10-year period right out of high school where I served my country in the Navy.
June 3, 2015
You had to have been living in a pretty secluded bunker somewhere not to have heard recently about shootings involving police and the subsequent riots complete with the rallying cry, “No justice, no peace.”
Echoing from sea to shining sea, unrest over alleged police misdeeds has ripped through plenty of places: Ferguson (Missouri), Baltimore and, of course, close to home, in Olympia, where police opened fire on youths who allegedly attacked them with skateboards. All of these incidents have a racial twinge, as the police were mostly white and the dead and injured were all black.