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Giving aid and comfort to ISIS
The Seattle media is awash with the story to ban the Polar Pioneer from Seattle's waterfront. The argument is that drilling for oil in the Arctic is an environmental disaster that will cause the oceans to rise and fish to die. In the words of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, "..things like oil trains and coal trains and oil-drilling rigs are the past. It's time to focus on the economy of the future."
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...

Letters to the Editor

Honestly, why would people be writing in to the newspaper about the new head football coach and how much they disapprove? Get a life.

Kaitlyn Parton


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...
Socialization as a religious phenomenon
Every home schooling parent has been asked the S-Question: "What about socialization?" The implications of the question are less than flattering:

• Students who attend schools outside the home are socialized better because they spend so much time with their immature peers, whereas students who attend school within the home are poorly socialized because they spend so much time with their mature parents.

• Home school families do not interact with one another.

• Socialization that occurs on the soccer field, during debate rounds, and in church doesn't count (or is somehow inferior).

• Students who attend school outside the home are always well socialized.

• Your kids are so weird.

I would like to put the S-Question to rest by summarizing research I conducted along with my colleagues. We surveyed 223 families, 95 of whom were schooling at home. The results point to three important observations: home schooling teens socialize more than other teens, they socialize differently than other teens, but both of these observations miss the point. Socialization is not a home schooling issue; it is a religious phenomenon.

First, home schooling teens socialize more than other teens. Using a standard measurement scale of 21 questions, we measured the extent to which the teens spend time interacting with their family, their friends, and other significant adults. Home school teens indicated significantly more social interaction than other teens. The S-Question assumes that home schooling teens are not engaged in social interaction. This is contrary to what is actually occurring.

It is true, however, that the home schooling teens are not in every category engaged in more social interaction. There is a difference in the target of the interactions. When asked about interaction with their families, home school youth indicated significantly more interaction in comparison to other youth. They indicated significantly more interaction with other significant adults. However, they indicated significantly less interaction with their friends. Home school youth interact more with family and adults, less with friends. The social interaction of home schooling teens is different from that of others.

The teens tell us that home schoolers have more social interaction overall, but less with their peers. We are confident that this reflects genuine differences because we saw the same differences when we asked their parents.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...
What slowed down the economy?
This year has been pretty boring. The stock market is up a little bit. The economy is growing a little bit. All the same stuff is happening in all the same places across the globe. There's just not much compelling stuff for me to report. Maybe I'll get lucky and we'll get a big crisis I can write about. That'd be awesome.

The biggest story continues to be the slowing economy. Almost every measure of the economy is slowing down: GDP, employment, consumer spending, retail sales, durable goods, manufacturing... But not only is the economy losing steam, corporate earnings fell for the first time in years. So what's happening here?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...
Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Hydrogen fuel cell
In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in.

Eclipses occur over very broad regions, so grid operators can't count on a sunny Spain to compensate for a cloudy Poland. Moreover, the decrease in sunlight (and the subsequent slingshot back to full sun) during an eclipse occur rapidly; grid operators have no experience managing such abrupt, sweeping shifts. Some predicted the eclipse would produce a catastrophe.

As with Y2K, there was no catastrophe. Europe experienced only a partial eclipse; much of Germany was fairly cloudy; and grid operators had had ample time to work out detailed contingency plans. But, as with Y2K, there had been legitimate reason for concern, and the experience offered a valuable lesson-if we are smart enough to absorb it. We need better ways to store renewable energy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Tearing down America
The very fabric of our nation has come under attack in the last few weeks. The fundamental constitutional freedoms that have made America exceptional are being questioned and challenged.

The first amendment to the US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and religion. It is one of our bedrock principles. There are no limits to those freedoms as written. No place that says you can exercise your freedom of speech as long as you do not offend anyone. No place that says you are only allowed to practice your deeply held religious beliefs in private.

Yet, we are increasingly confronted with challenges to those freedoms.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Now is the time for sunlight on trade
[P]opular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. ... And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. - James Madison, 1822

In Washington, D.C. this year, spring has been churlish. A cold and rainy March has given way to a cool and unpredictable April. We hope for more sunlight.

Sunlight also is sorely needed in our nation's capital as members of Congress consider an expedited process for approving trade agreements that are being done largely in secret. For the past several years, representatives of our government have been negotiating trade deals with the Pacific Rim nations and the European Union behind closed doors, pacts that will affect every American family and worker. The only people privy to inside information about the trade talks have been 566 trade advisors, the overwhelming majority of whom represent corporate interests. 

Members of Congress can gain some access to this closely guarded information, but most staff members cannot, since these documents are considered classified information. In contrast, due to public pressure, the EU has begun to publicly release its draft texts, as well as background information about the negotiations.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 More...
Collective bargaining reform receives attention in special session
Today marks day one of the "special" session and public hearings are already scheduled. Among the bills up for consideration today is SB 6098: Defining financial feasibility for collective bargaining agreements. According to the bill report:

"The Personnel System Reform Act of 2002 (PSRA), contained in Chapter 41.80 RCW, provides for collective bargaining of wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment between the Governor and classified employees of state agencies and between governing boards of institutions of higher education and their classified employees. The Governor is required to submit to the Legislature a request for funds necessary to implement the compensation and fringe benefit provisions of these collective bargaining agreements (CBA) or for legislation necessary to implement these CBAs. However, a request for funds may not be submitted to the Legislature unless (1) the CBA has been submitted to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) Director by October 1 prior to the legislative session at which the request is to be considered and (2) the request for funds has been certified by the OFM Director as being feasible financially for the state . . . The term 'feasible financially for the state' means the total general fund and related fund cost of the CBAs does not exceed the amount of available fiscal resources remaining after projected maintenance level as measured under the state balanced budget requirement."

Thursday, May 7, 2015 More...
Letters to the Editor
Faith Lutheran's letter to President Obama
Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...
Legislature enters special session
An e-mail that made the rounds Tuesday morning included this ominous sentence: "At this point I do not expect that the Legislature will agree on a budget before the regular session ends on Sunday April 26th."

The words were written by the budget-committee chairman in the House of Representatives, in his internet blog. By Thursday afternoon Governor Inslee made it official by announcing his intention to call legislators into a "special" session starting April 29. The formal proclamation came Friday and late that afternoon, the Senate and House of Representatives quietly ended their 105-day regular session - on day 103.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...
Is a capital gains tax an excise or income tax?
With discussions continuing of imposing the first in the nation capital gains tax for a state without an income tax, questions have been raised about whether this would be an excise tax or an income tax. This distinction is very important since an income tax exceeding 1 percent would be unconstitutional in Washington.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...
Propagandists, paranoids and police
One wonders why our enemies devote so much effort trying to defeat America when we seem to be doing such a great job of it ourselves. Perhaps a better way of describing the problem is to ponder this question: with liberals trying their little hearts out for partisan political gain to inflame American racial minorities against our police charged with protecting us, and right-wing, anti-government extremists trying their paranoid hearts out to do the same, what need has America of enemies?
Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...
Bumper sticker wisdom
Seen on a bumper sticker this week: "I'm so Broke - I can't afford the free ****"

The unfortunate truth is there is no such thing as free stuff. Somebody, somewhere pays for the "free" stuff. And I am sure by now many reading this are angry that I would begrudge giving a handout to those in need. That would be just plain wrong.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...
Addentures in Elderland
Oh, the joys of aging. Laugh it up, young people, your time is coming.

Alright, so we mummies walk goofy, have complexions like Shih-tzus, and dress like aliens from another planet, but mark my words, your day in the old-folk barrel is coming. If you think we dress funny, wait til the first tattooed 70 year-olds show up wearing backwards ballcaps, gauged ear-loops, Che shirts, and basketball shorts hanging below their underwear ... if they're wearing any. Ponder that vision.

You won't notice aging at first because you think it isn't going to happen to you or at least if it does you'll be so medicated you won't know it. But nay. The bell tolls for thee too, youngster.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 More...

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