Peter Callaghan HEADLINES
It is central to Washington’s economic and education policies, as it is in most states:
I wasn’t as shocked as some last week when the state Supreme Court found that governors have a constitutional exemption from disclosing certain documents to the public.
Three columns, none worthy of all 660 words.
Historical records left behind indicate the chief of the Nisqually Tribe was likely hanged in the middle of what is now a Lakewood residential street.
It’s one of the fundamental “he said/she said” debates in Puget Sound politics. The Port of Seattle says the Port of Tacoma is able to take shipping lines away by undercutting lease rates, by “giving it away.”
It’s the most important race that nobody is paying attention to (and even fewer care about).
In hopes of adding to America’s lack of knowledge of public affairs, we ask 30 questions but provide absolutely zero answers.
Up here in our remote corner of the contiguous 48 it’s easy to believe that the sordid culture that is Washington, D.C., is not our culture.
I always look forward to the filings and oral arguments by the plaintiffs – and winners – of the landmark litigation known as McCleary v. State of Washington.
I really should be delighted now that the Tacoma Landmarks Commission has approved a plan to save the city’s 110-year-old totem pole.
I’m actually starting to feel sorry for members of the state Legislature.
Those who braved the rain Sunday to try out the interim trail between Point Ruston and Point Defiance might have needed some imagination to visualize what it will look like when completed a few years from now.
The only way to justify charging fares on Tacoma’s Link light rail is to compare it to other public transportation systems that aren’t comparable.
I was excited to see work crews doing something at the northern point of the University of Washington Tacoma’s segment of the Prairie Line Trail.
What are we all to make of the complex international and national events that are filling cable TV news, at least until the next Zimmerman trial? At times when complex questions abound, simplistic answers from The Answer Man are more needed than ever.
Sometimes a train is just a train.
Former State Senate Transportation Committee Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen has a knack for getting to the heart of issues.
School has started, and while it can be an exciting time of making new friends and learning new things, adults should try to remember that excitement and anxiety are sometimes closely related.
In grading the Washington Legislature’s latest report to the Supreme Court on its compliance with McCleary v. State of Washington, the landmark school finance decision, we need to begin with some “at leasts.”
I was in Sunriver, Ore., earlier this summer for a family mini-reunion and found that the part of Central Oregon centered in Bend is a Mariners-free zone.
It is a business model made in heaven, as long as you’re the business and not the customer.
Local radio is a contradiction in terms in Tacoma and much of Pierce County.
Puget Sound-area sports fans spent the weekend worrying that Chris Hansen might have dashed their hopes of regaining a National Basketball Association team. They should relax.
When it comes to education reform, Washington state lives by this guiding principle: Anything worth doing is worth doing as sloooooowly as possible.
At some point the state’s economy will boom again. When it does, government tax collections will take off in ways the economic forecasts were not able to predict.
Kathy Ludders isn’t the first person to stumble across the story of Walter Sutter and want more.
Sometime next month, probably within days of an infamous city anniversary, Tacoma will complete a promise it made to itself four years ago.
I have fond memories of Camp Seymour, the classic summer camp on Glen Cove off Henderson Bay.
With all of the political scandals of late, it seems hardly a week goes by without some elected official or candidate somewhere climbing in front of the microphones to apologize for something.
I’m going to simplify things and assume that every Major League Baseball player doing well is using performance-enhancing drugs.
On Sept. 22, when Metro Parks Tacoma opens a new trail linking the Commencement Bay waterfront to the heart of Point Defiance Park, it wants visitors to know that, while its exciting, they aint seen nothing yet.
A Tacoma restaurant was pressured to cancel a fundraiser for a new Tacoma church, and some in the community are celebrating it as a victory in the battle against hate and intolerance.
Three columns, none deserving of all 690 words. Waste, fraud and abuse, Tim Eyman style; tax breaks for the prosperous; and agendas that are as clear as mud.
Elections officials worship at the altar of voter turnout.
We now join Washington state’s latest session on the psychologist’s couch, already in progress.
The poster intended to promote an upcoming music festival raised an unrelated question in the mind of Bob Mack. Why, he wondered, is his great-grandfather shown holding a stick? The centerpiece of the poster for Saturday’s Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival is a photo that is iconic in Tacoma’s Croatian community. Gathered proudly in front of the newly completed Slavonian Hall in 1907 are many of the founders of the Slavonian-American Benevolent Society.
"I’m Washington state. And I’m a loophole–aholic.”
The recently opened Waterwalk, part of the Point Ruston residential and retail development, will let walkers and bikers reach the border of Point Defiance. The district hopes to open a temporary walkway along the bluff to the boat house by September. Once completed, the city will finally have a single shoreline path from Foss Waterway to Owen Beach.
As I was walking out of the House of Representatives chamber last week, a social services lobbyist stopped me to compliment me on something I’d written.
Like many of those who attended Saturday's memorial service for Booth Gardner, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell was wearing an old Gardner campaign pin.
Elected officials, especially one as prominent as a governor, tend to accumulate enemies. Booth Gardner, who died Friday night, is the exception to the rule.
Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire may still get asked to serve in President Obamas administration. But if the call doesnt come, she has no one to blame but herself.
It would be easy to make the latest chapter in the Pam Roach story all about her. Certainly, that’s what the star of the bizarre but repetitive saga would like, as proved yet again by her hour-plus news “conference” last week.
Deep in the basement of an old downtown Tacoma building, the rumor went, were dozens of fairy tale figurines. The gaily painted statues depicted childhood favorites such as Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose and that woman who lived in a shoe.
Who’d have thought that of the two campaign forums I moderated last week the face-off between the candidates for state auditor would be the less contentious.
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