Marylin Olds

Temperatures falling, bills rising | As It Turns Out | October

Fall has been flirting with us for a few weeks now and has finally established itself in this northern neighborhood.I just returned from my daily… Continue reading

Why so angry, America? | As It Turns Out | August

Picture this. A nice long vacation midway down the Oregon Coast. Rental fee? Owned by family, cost for the use of this beach vacation house… Continue reading

BP spill proves it’s time to wean ourselves off oil | As It Turns Out | July

Some journalists are comparing BP’s oil spill debacle in the Gulf of Mexico to war. Quite right.We’re at war with the oil leak and we’re… Continue reading

Inslee should step up for jobless | As It Turns Out | June

Dear U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee,I attended your recent town hall meeting in Kingston. We appreciate your coming up our way and value your interaction. But… Continue reading

The politics of unemployment | As It Turns Out | May

We all know someone who is out of work. If you don’t, then drop by the local food banks or St. Olaf’s on St. Vincent’s… Continue reading

Cuts for the poor, or taxes for the rich? | As It Turns Out | April

Both federal and state operating budgets are being cut back in hopes of keeping us from falling over the brink we’re currently teetering on into… Continue reading

Thinking of the nation as a family | As It Turns Out | March

Ever wonder about the difference between conservatives and liberals? I have, many times.I recently read a Nicholas Kristof op-ed article that led indirectly to an… Continue reading

Consider taxes as membership fees | As It Turns Out | February

No one joyfully shares their hard-earned money with the government, but paying taxes is still not a punishment.“Taxes are what you pay to be an… Continue reading

Keeping it simple | As It Turns Out | January

Life can get hectic. I no longer enjoy multi-tasking, even when I can.What I used to do in a couple hours now takes me a… Continue reading

An open letter to the president | As It Turns Out | November

Dear President Obama,You don’t know me, we haven’t yet met. I live in a little town across the Puget Sound from Seattle, Kingston, which you… Continue reading

Anger over healthcare is misdirected | As It Turns Out | September

Town hall meetings, protests, debates, civil discourse – these are all important for a strong democracy. There’s nothing like a spirited debate. But the August… Continue reading

As It Turns Out: Optional public insurance

Changes are afoot to reform health care. This is an incredibly complex topic with the medical marketplace being as huge as it is. There are… Continue reading

As It Turns Out: Class warfare vs. the American dream

The powerful and the privileged are doing a dandy job of waging class warfare to protect their way of life. Wall Street, commercial banks, real… Continue reading

As It Turns Out: Obama’s Stimulus Plan

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has yet to be signed by President Obama as I write this in mid-February, but the stimulus package has passed the House and Senate, with only three Republican votes.

As It Turns Out: Lincoln prepares to turn 200

The Lincoln Bicentennial is being celebrated across the country. History has been mostly reverent to our 16th president. Yet some of us are old enough to remember back to the 1960s and 70s when some began taking a more critical look at Lincoln’s motives for signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

As It Turns Out: Lincoln prepares to turn 200

The Lincoln Bicentennial is being celebrated across the country. History has been mostly reverent to our 16th president. Yet some of us are old enough to remember back to the 1960s and 70s when some began taking a more critical look at Lincoln’s motives for signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

As it turns out: The Inauguration

Every four years since 1789 – excluding second terms – America has had a bloodless revolution, a transfer of power from one president to another.… Continue reading

As It Turns Out: Peace on earth, good will to men

President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama has won his election. We have much to be thankful for.

As It Turns Out: It’s become personal

While Senators McCain and Obama have been discussing their plans to handily repair our nation’s broken economy, my mind has been admittedly elsewhere.

American Dream shouldn’t just apply to super rich | Marylin Olds

I was born back in 1950, when America was still recuperating from World War II. Mom was a widow with two young daughters. At around the age of five, I begged her to buy something long since forgotten. Her final exasperated response was, “Marylin, we’re poor. We can’t afford it.” Her words shook me. At five, I didn’t know exactly what “poor” entailed, but my imagination didn’t disappoint me.