Think outside the box


Think outside the box

Washington’s sturdy, tanklike ballot drop boxes are a source of pride for state and local election officials. So when President Donald Trump suggested in August that ballot boxes are less than secure, the response here was sharp. “Some states use ‘drop boxes’ for the collection of Universal Mail-In Ballots,” Trump tweeted. “So who is going to ‘collect’ the Ballots, and what might be done to them prior to tabulation? A Rigged Election? So bad for our Country.” Washington has laws to prevent that. And the state, which has been all-vote-by-mail since 2011, has a decade of experience with ballot boxes that counters the president’s claims.

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COMMENTARY: Election will have a lasting effect on healthcare

Americans are casting their votes in what may be one of the most pivotal elections in American history. The outcome will determine the future of healthcare in this country for decades. The Trump administration and Senate allies have made clear their intent to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) through a combination of

COMMENTARY: Counties are ready for a safe, secure election COMMENTARY: Counties are ready for a safe, secure election

As the election approaches, we have been hearing from voters who are anxious or concerned about the upcoming election. As your local county election officials, we want you to know what you can do to ensure that you are registered, receive your ballot, return your ballot, and be certain your ballot is counted. In Washington,

Bob DeWald: Navy vet and volunteer who goes ‘above and beyond’ Bob DeWald: Navy vet and volunteer who goes ‘above and beyond’

Redmond resident Bob DeWald has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected DeWald for his remarkable service, which has benefitted the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

Campaign benefits King County seniors

Aegis Living, whose assisted-living and memory-care communities in three states include 23 in King County, is part of a campaign to help the county’s homeless and homebound seniors. The company and the Clark Family Foundation, headed by Dwayne Clark, founder and chief executive officer of Aegis Living, have launched Seattle Seniors Strong. The $100,000 community-match


Boomers differ from younger adults in views and impacts of COVID-19

When it comes to financial impacts of COVID-19, Millennials are hurting the most and Baby Boomers are feeling the least pain. As for fighting the virus, boomers are bummed by lockdowns but are more into eventually taking a vaccine than younger adults. Those are among the results of a survey by, a clearinghouse of


Mobile market gets around with free food Mobile market gets around with free food

The Tacoma Farmers Market spent this summer giving free food to people who need it, and not just in Tacoma. With the financial support of nearly a quarter-million dollars from the federal government, the Fresh Express Mobile Market visited three locations each week—Fridays at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center on South Tacoma Way and the


Mount Rainier still open during winter rampup Mount Rainier still open during winter rampup

As leaves turn color and fall settles in at Mount Rainier National Park, facilities there have begun the extended process of winterizing. For now, most areas of the park are still accessible by road. Information on how much longer the roads to Paradise and Sunrise or Stevens Canyon Road will be open, when campgrounds and

Health & Fitness

Pierce County’s goal: 70 percent of residents get a flu shot Pierce County’s goal: 70 percent of residents get a flu shot

In 2020, with COVID-19, flu shots are crucial for several reasons. For instance, the symptoms of the flu and COVID are so similar that the healthcare system may become overloaded with people who don’t know if they have coronavirus or the flu. That’s why Pierce County has launched the “Spread Love, Not the Flu” campaign,

Personal Finance/Business

Social Security changes: What to know

For individuals who are preparing to start or already receiving their Social Security benefits, current and future changes may impact their retirement plans.  For some advance knowledge and tips that might save thousands of dollars, a free online workshop will be presented Nov. 4 by the Social Security Administration and Pierce County Aging and Disability