Puyallup’s not homeless averse like critics claim

Once again the good people of Puyallup are under the critical lens of News Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll, this time for the City Council’s decision to end a program to put up to 10 portable toilets throughout our downtown area to accommodate the homeless.


Court should preserve union ‘fair share’

In what could be one of the most significant workers’ rights cases of our lifetime, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a time-tested standard that protects public employees’ right to collectively bargain for wages and benefits.


Half-hour train ride to Portland is no fantasy

A new group of advocates from Vancouver, Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Portland have come together to connect the Cascadia region through high-speed intercity rail. But more study is needed, and more state funds to complete the study.


I’m tired but ready to run, hide with your kids

I go to school every day, armed with thoughtful lesson plans, effective strategies, a positive attitude and an open heart, even though I am underpaid and overtired. But I will protect your kids, or at least I will try with every fiber of my being.


What one daughter of a Green River Killer victim says about death penalty

As the daughter of a murder victim, I urge Washington legislators to repeal the death penalty this month. Washington should join Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, and New Mexico, which have all repealed the death penalty since 2007. In 1990, when I was 16, my mother’s body was discovered in a field along Highway 410 near Enumclaw months after her disappearance. Her case languished as a cold case until 2003, when a suspect was finally named: Gary Ridgway.

News columnist called ‘traitorous’ and ‘Social Conscience Monitor for Tacoma’

This month’s edition of Matt Driscoll’s “You Rip, I Respond” feature.
David Montesino