Larry Stone’s baseball Hall of Fame ballot: 10 are worthy in 2017

As has been the case in recent years, I voted for the maximum 10. Actually, I like to put it slightly differently. I voted for three, and re-voted for seven. My new votes were first-timers Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero as well as Trevor Hoffman. When Cooperstown’s Class of 2017 is announced Wednesday, it could …

James Mattis Defense Secretary Vote: Confirmed

Last Updated Jan 20, 2017 6:22 PM EST The Senate on Friday confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis as President Trump’s secretary of defense in an overwhelming vote. Lawmakers voted 98-1 in favor of Mattis, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, as the lone senator opposing him. Mattis was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee …

State tax system: Education deserves better

Brier Dudley’s column Wednesday, Jan. 18, was terrific. I moved to Seattle in 1998 and have been confused by much of the Washington-state tax system. The school levy is especially confusing. Your writing was the first to clarify how it works. Seattle, and Washington state residents in general, are generous and want to do the …