Jayne: You don't call the president to get that pothole filled

By Greg Jayne August 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Let's be honest — you are more likely to run into a county councilor at the grocery store than President Barack Obama.

Jayne: Parties cling to antiquated way of choosing candidates

By Greg Jayne July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Washingtonians have Pat Robertson to thank for our state's presidential primary. Seriously.

Jayne: Has a civic disaster already shaken our ability to act?

By Greg Jayne July 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Well, that certainly was frightening.

Jayne: Face it, 'the good old days' weren't really all that good

By Greg Jayne July 12, 2015 6:01 a.m.

In between the cat videos and the photos of what's for lunch, Facebook occasionally provides some thought-provoking fodder.

Jayne: Stewart sums up nation's shameful racial atmosphere

By Greg Jayne June 21, 2015 6:01 a.m.

There is a certain arrogance necessary for being a writer, a confidence in your superior ability to string together words that illuminate a particular thought.

Jayne: Time to think outside the box about racial heritage

By Greg Jayne June 14, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Was Babe Ruth black?

Jayne: Buzzfeed lists not the be-all, and other words of wisdom

By Greg Jayne June 7, 2015 6:01 a.m.

It has been said, by people likely smarter than myself, that inside every adult lurks a commencement speaker dying to get out. While this insight is prescient for all, it is particularly relevant for those looking for a cheap topic for a newspaper column during graduation season.

Jayne: Deck stacked against building blocks of building skills

By Greg Jayne May 31, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Let's start with this premise: "Income inequality" is one of the more absurd catchphrases of modern discourse. We'll lump it with "The Great Recession" and "awfully good" as items that fall into the category of oxymoronic/nonsensical/overused tools of rhetoric.

Jayne: A look at capital-gains tax proposal, dark side and all

By Greg Jayne May 24, 2015 6 a.m.

At the risk of revealing more than I should about the enormous financial windfall that comes with being a journalist, I'll let you in on a secret — a proposed capital-gains tax in Washington would not apply to me.

Jayne: Where will we grow our next generation of giants?

By Greg Jayne May 17, 2015 6:01 a.m.

The question, really, is where the next generation of giants will come from.

Jayne: Sports world proves playing by the rules isn't kid stuff

By Greg Jayne May 10, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Ostensibly, they are about sports. About fun and games. About life's relatively insignificant diversions.

Jayne: McIntire's state income tax idea is worth talking about

By Greg Jayne April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

We'll concede this much: Jim McIntire knows more about taxes and income and finances than I do. At least I hope he does, considering that he is the state treasurer and has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

Jayne: Over-watching children leaves society with black eye

By Greg Jayne April 19, 2015 6:01 a.m.

It could have been me. And my wife. And our two boys, ages 11 and 6.

Jayne: It's tough to give a hoot about this blast from the past

By Greg Jayne April 12, 2015 6:01 a.m.

It is, as they say, like déjà vu all over again. Like an updated version of "Back to the Future." Like the 1980s have returned — minus the leg warmers.

Jayne: Lawmaker’s attempt to sully Obamacare backfires

By Greg Jayne April 5, 2015 6 a.m.

In the annals of ideas poorly conceived and disastrously executed, this was the political equivalent to the invasion of Stalingrad, the Chernobyl disaster or the introduction of New Coke.

Jayne: Turning the tables on ‘religious freedom’ law supporters

By Greg Jayne March 29, 2015 6 a.m.

‘You know what this does?” Biff asked, sipping his beer and waiting with quiet anticipation.

Jayne: Sense doesn't trickle down in supply-side economics

By Greg Jayne March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

It makes sense, doesn't it?

Jayne: Videos expose ugliness beneath our civilized veneer

By Greg Jayne March 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Some 23 years ago, as Los Angeles was smoldering from the Rodney King riots, a friend of mine put forth an interesting thesis: "Television is evil," he said. "Without television, we wouldn't be having these riots."

Jayne: Diverse points of view — even nutty ones — worth airing

By Greg Jayne March 8, 2015 6 a.m.

If you ask me, he's a little bit nutty — and that's OK.

Jayne: Laws, even when they confound, are indispensable

By Greg Jayne March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

So much for my vacation plans.

Jayne: Science is scary but not believing evidence is scarier

By Greg Jayne February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

OK, OK, I get it. Science can be scary. Science can be obtuse. Science can be overwhelming, and to a non-scientist such as myself, science can be confusing.

Jayne: Wreckage left by Kitzhaber affects Clark County, too

By Greg Jayne February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

There are questions. Of course there are questions. A governor doesn't resign amid scandal without leaving behind questions that will take months or years to answer.

Jayne: Seahawks' ill-fated pass heralded precious rite of passage

By Greg Jayne February 8, 2015 6 a.m.

It was a rite of passage.

Jayne: Councilors leave us without a prayer for good governing

By Greg Jayne February 1, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Personally, I prefer "E Pluribus Unum," but that's just me.

Jayne: Tim Eyman hopes that this year his initiatives pay off

By Greg Jayne January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

On a certain level, Tim Eyman is quite likable.

Jayne: Herrera Beutler smashes a lob out of reach to local GOP

By Greg Jayne January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

It was like a tennis match. A hopelessly one-sided tennis match, with Jaime Herrera Beutler playing the role of Serena Williams and the Clark County Republican Party looking like a weekend recreational player.

Jayne: We can do better — can our elected representatives?

By Greg Jayne January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

As the 114th Congress opens up shop, I am struck by one overwhelming thought: We can do better.

Jayne: Oil terminal proponents' argument is a tough sell

By Greg Jayne January 4, 2015 6:01 a.m.

I'm not sure I buy it.

Jayne: Insouciance of youth can inspire wisdom in adulthood

By Greg Jayne December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Sometimes, inexplicably, you find yourself at the intersection of dumb and clever, of foolish and inspired, of gutsy but harmless. Sometimes you arrive at a moment that will create a memorable story for years to come.

Jayne: Slogans might sound great, but they're not solutions

By Greg Jayne December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

In many ways, slogans are the candy canes of politics. They're sweet, and nearly everybody likes them, and they can make your mouth water. But, in the end, they are empty calories that rot your teeth.

Jayne: Who's having bad week? Just look at editorial cartoons

By Greg Jayne December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

I can always tell who is having a bad week.

Jayne: Electing not to vote makes a statement, but about what?

By Greg Jayne November 30, 2014 6:01 a.m.

One of the oft-stated truisms of the American political system is that citizens can express an opinion by choosing to not vote.

Jayne: Climate change 'debate': Hot air overshadows science

By Greg Jayne November 23, 2014 6 a.m.

If only there were more Sundays in the week.

Jayne: A grasp of basketball could have been handy for C-Tran

By Greg Jayne November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

If only the C-Tran board members knew a little more about basketball.

Jayne: Kimsey latest Republican to lose local party's favor

By Greg Jayne November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

As noted philosopher Yogi Berra is credited with saying, it's like déjà vu all over again.

Jayne: Much talk, seemingly little thought, as election nears

By Greg Jayne November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

So many issues, so little time.

Jayne: Tossing congressional incumbents doesn't get our vote

By Greg Jayne October 26, 2014 6 a.m.

I don't think Jaime Herrera Beutler is part of the problem — which likely means that I am part of the problem.

Jayne: Shooting the breeze with the state's attorney general

By Greg Jayne October 19, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I should have been a lawyer.

Jayne: Looking to the past to inform future of charter debate

By Greg Jayne October 12, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The arguments against a proposed Clark County charter sound familiar and well-rehearsed.

Jayne: The case for endorsements in a season full of candidates

By Greg Jayne October 5, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Election season has arrived. This might not sound as exciting as Christmas season or football season or Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," but for many of us it's kind of a big deal.

Jayne: In Portland, what's right, wrong in immigration debate

By Greg Jayne September 28, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The pastor? He's on solid ground. He is embracing his duty to be loving. To be compassionate. To judge not, lest he be judged.

Jayne: Analysis of waterfront project smacks of propaganda

By Greg Jayne September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Phew! I'm glad we cleared that up. I'm glad we answered that question. I'm happy there are no lingering doubts about the impact a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver would have on a proposed waterfront development nearby.

Jayne: Too many women missing moral of Rice controversy

By Greg Jayne September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

I come today not to speak about Ray Rice. Many words have been expended by minds much brighter than mine on Rice and domestic violence and the indefensible inaction of the National Football League.

Jayne: Is Amboy tax scofflaw 'sovereign citizen' or hypocrite?

By Greg Jayne September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

David Darby, the best evidence suggests, is a true believer. A rebel with a cause. A 69-year-old scofflaw whose ideology is so entrenched that he will travel down the most arcane of legal avenues in pursuit of his goal.

Jayne: Talking points, sound bites don't provide answers

By Greg Jayne August 31, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Admittedly, it can't be easy being a politician. All of that legislating and lawmaking and representing can wear on a person. And when you aren't making laws, you're campaigning so you can stay in office and make more laws.

Jayne: Cute quips from expensive-to-raise children: priceless

By Greg Jayne August 24, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Ahhh, this is the life.

Jayne: Mental illness knows no social, economic boundaries

By Greg Jayne August 17, 2014 6:01 a.m.

What about Jennifer Huston?