It’s funny how small happenings can link together to become a chain. As a young boy, and into high school age, I had a paper route. It was about three miles long, one way, on the Tracyton Road to Silverdale. The road was set back from the beach, where most of my customers lived, about 150--200 yards. This made for a lot of walking once a month to collect, at first, the dollar, and then later, $1.25 fee for the paper. But one customer was a lot further up the road, about three-eights of a mile, just south of where Olympic High School is now. His name was Tom and he delighted in making me miserable.
Thirteen months ago, the Legislature promised the Supreme Court and the people of the state of Washington that 2015 would be the year of the grand agreement on education funding. After 135 days of a regular and special legislative session, there has been virtually no movement on this issue.
This month through June 15 is the Children’s Hospital Purchase a Miracle Program. Seattle Children’s Guild members from all over the region have tagged certain products with the Purchase a Miracle label. Participating stores donate money to Children’s when you purchase these sponsoring products.
This Memorial Day, honor guards will snap to attention as flags ripple in the breeze. Amid the green lawns and bright flowers of cemeteries throughout the state, lone buglers and mournful pipers will evoke a heartfelt tear.
Two years ago, my memoir, "Dinner with the Smileys," exposed with painful transparency my difficulty raising a pre-teen boy. I held nothing back when I wrote about Ford's attitude, his tendency to slam his bedroom door, and all the ways he broke my heart — over and over again.
Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.
It's candidate filing week, and on the first day 50 candidates had filed to run for positions on city councils, school boards, fire district commissions, park district commissions, port commissions, and utility district boards across Kitsap County.
It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington's state auditor.
The Port of Bremerton’s exploration of export and import opportunities with Taiwan presents some very exciting, and very real, opportunities for jobs creation and economic growth in Kitsap County.
While at a stop light the other day, I watched a young mother walk her toddler son to the other side of the street. Although the mother walked swiftly and purposefully, her son skipped and galloped beside her, sometimes in front, sometimes behind her, and all while holding her hand.
I'm first up among Community Advisory Board members to write a column for the Bremerton Patriot and Central Kitsap Reporter. The other members will follow, one by one, every Friday.