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Was anyone really surprised when Boeing made the announcement that it intends to locate the second 787 production line in South Carolina?

Reading an online Seattle Times story the weekend before, and then reading the comments, made me understand how badly the Boeing machinist’s refuse to “get it.” They remind me a lot of the Republican Party here in Washington State — they would rather be “right,” than move towards the center and actually win. read more »


It seems that the longer the health care debate drags on, and more things about what is being proposed in HB 3200 come out, the worse things get for the average American — or at least the ones that will be footing the bill for this boondoggle.

I routinely receive enormous amounts of email from both “conservative” and “progressive” sources. The amount of misinformation being intentionally distributed, and the blatant lies being told — by both sides — is absolutely astonishing. read more »


I hope this troubles you, as much as it does me…

A recent post on the White House blog written by Macon Phillips, the White House Director of New Media stated, “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, both on the web and floating around in chain emails. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag [at] whitehouse [dot] gov.” read more »


While researching something else, I came across a fairly unbiased Web site for political polling results called Real Clear Politics. It averages poll results from several different organizations such as Gallup, ABC News, Rasumussen, CBS News and McClatchy Newspapers, as well as showing those individual poll results as well. read more »


When President Obama first took office, I vowed to give him a fair, and honest chance to prove himself — even though I didn’t vote for him. I was actually an early Obama supporter, looking for new leadership thinking, because I was so disappointed in W, believing him to be the worst president in my lifetime. I still believe that.

However, the more I learned about Obama, the more disenchanted I became with him. He’s certainly delivering on his promise of “Change,” — and none of it is good for small business. read more »


Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, who was first elected in 2002, stunned everyone with the announcement he would resign his position to become the new Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Bremerton, beginning June 8. Bremerton City Council President Cecil McConnell will serve as interim Mayor.

It will be interesting to see if Bozeman endorses anyone to succeed him. Councilman Mike Shepard, who previously announced his intention to challenge Bozeman, along with Council members Will Maupin, and Brad Gehring, have all thrown their hats in the ring. read more »


Senator Rosa Franklin recently penned an editorial in the Kitsap Sun explaining why we need an income tax. While I’m philosophically opposed to an income tax, I wholeheartedly agree that major tax reform is needed in this state.

In spite of our $9+ billion deficit, the state doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. Even in this dismal economy, according to its own numbers, the state will take in substantially more in this biennium than it did in the previous one. Meanwhile, it still spends more than it’s taking in. read more »


It’s interesting watching all the finger pointing from both parties over the financial mess the country is in. Considering how huge institutions at the core of the crisis — like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for example — contributed campaign money to the very people bellyaching the loudest and trying to blame Bush for the mess — folks like Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, and Chuck Schumer, — it appears to me at least that there is more than enough blame to go around. read more »


Last issue I outlined a number of changes we will be making in the coming months in response to both the evolution of the newspaper industry, and the news business in general, as well as the current state of our economy. In response to the feedback from advertisers and readers alike, some of these changes need modification, while others just need some clarification.

The main question we got from our readers and advertising partners concerned the print edition of the paper and the change to subscription-based distribution. So let me take the time to explain this fully. read more »

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