Jayne: Grade inflation is symptom of societal mediocrity

By Greg Jayne June 8, 2014 6 a.m.

There's a brilliant moment in the brilliant Pixar movie "The Incredibles" in which the villain, Syndrome, talks about how the weapons he concocted have given him powers equal to that of any superhero.

Jayne: Being principal for day good lesson in public education

By Greg Jayne June 1, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I didn't even get to suspend anybody.

Jayne: Gay marriage hasn't affected my traditional union

By Greg Jayne May 25, 2014 6:01 a.m.

For me, personally, it hasn't made a bit of difference.

Jayne: Witty retorts not enough to unseat a House incumbent

By Greg Jayne May 18, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Michael Delavar had a snappy retort.

Jayne: Controversies show we're too tolerant of intolerance

By Greg Jayne May 11, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I'm not sure we're getting this whole tolerance thing. You know, the one defined as "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own."

Jayne: Congressional inaction fuels immigration falsehoods

By Greg Jayne May 4, 2014 6 a.m.

The voice mail was thought-provoking, the kind that makes you go “Hmmm” in between cringes.

Jayne: Republicans have made political rhetoric into art form

By Greg Jayne April 27, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The rhetoric is better in this part of the newspaper. More powerful. More articulate. More insightful and yet often more insipid.

Jayne: State gambling with county's well-being in casino plan

By Greg Jayne April 20, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I was sad. I was sullen. I was morose and gloomy and glum. Why, you might even say I was saturnine — if you happened to have a thesaurus handy.

Jayne: Two perspectives on how state can raise more money

By Greg Jayne April 13, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I don't have the answers.

Jayne: Since the beginning, Obamacare is failure of politics

By Greg Jayne April 6, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Phew! I'm glad that's over.

Jayne: Modern parenting might be too much of a good thing

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

Childhood, it would seem, is different than it used to be. I know, I know, this conclusion doesn’t involve incredibly perceptive powers of parental observation; it simply requires contact with modern kids and an exceptionally long memory that reaches back to your own childhood.

Jayne: Problem with commissioners isn't how many, it's who

By Greg Jayne March 23, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I'm no statistician, but I'm not sure the numbers add up when we talk about remaking the Clark County Board of Commissioners.

Jayne: How does community bridge demise of the CRC?

By Greg Jayne March 16, 2014 6:01 a.m.

It's almost like the death of an old friend. Unless you don't like the Columbia River Crossing project, in which case it's like the death of that annoying neighbor who kept disabled cars in his front yard, had a gun range in the back, and liked to loudly share his love of Nickelback with the entire neighborhood.

Jayne: Senators Rivers, Benton on wrong side of bigotry bill

By Greg Jayne March 9, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The solution is painfully obvious: If you don't wish to serve gays or blacks or Muslims or hermaphrodites or druids … then don't open a business that caters to the public.

Greg Jayne: 'Straight shooter' Pollard stands at special intersection

By Greg Jayne March 2, 2014 6:01 a.m.

There ought to be a name for it. There ought to be a descriptive term for that time in life when your age and your experience and your accomplishments deliver you to the intersection where Curmudgeon Street collides with Elder Statesman Avenue.

Portland: City of small dreams and missed opportunity

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

As any number of inspirational quotes reminds us, you must dream big in order to achieve great things. Or, as author Israelmore Ayivor puts it, "Never leave the egg in you not laid," which probably lands somewhere between inspirational and bizarre.

Jayne: Truth about Common Core probably lies in middle

By Greg Jayne February 16, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The reality of change is that it never is as wonderful nor as dreadful as advertised. Never, unless we're talking about when you finally decided to shave your balding head (wonderful), or when you got that ridiculous perm in high school (dreadful).

Jayne: Paul Allen's differences make world more interesting

By Greg Jayne February 9, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The super rich, it would seem, are different from you and me. It's not just the yachts, or the private planes, or the villas in Monaco. It's just that, well, there's something different in their makeup and their demeanor and their way of thinking. Not better, mind you, but different.

Jayne: Truth is, we can't shelter kids from marijuana choices

By Greg Jayne February 2, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Admittedly, I'm still a little torn.

Jayne: Seahawks' Sherman is reminder that people are complex

By Greg Jayne January 26, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Richard Sherman was running around like an over-caffeinated ferret, giving high-fives, soaking in the cheers, reveling in his status as one of the best players in the National Football League.

Jayne: Lessons of 1964 ring true on today's political landscape

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

As somebody who typically can see the gray in any black-and-white situation, there aren't a lot of things I say with absolute certitude. This is one of them: "American Experience" is the best show on television.

Jayne: Time for Washington to pencil in a CRC alternative

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

The news arrived last week under the headline, "Analysis says tolls can make CRC financially viable." That's a big story. That's an important story. That's a story that might as well have said, "Sticking a pencil in your eye can cause some damage."

Jayne: 'Duck Dynasty' defenders dodging the crucial point

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

I tried. I really tried. I tried to avoid wading into the "Duck Dynasty" kerfuffle, but sometimes the derp gets so deep that you can't avoid stepping in it.

Jayne: Revisiting a life lived in service, sacrifice, contemplation

By Greg Jayne December 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It's rare. It's uplifting. It's inspirational.

2013 in review: Year for gridiron greatness

By Paul Danzer , Erik Gundersen , Greg Jayne , Allen Thomas and Paul Valencia December 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey looked up at the scoreboard, saw the big lights, and it was all so real. The Papermakers were up by 13 points, late in the fourth quarter.

Jayne: Hide the children; there's shocking news about Santa

By Greg Jayne December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Spoiler alert: Don't let your children read this column.

Jayne: When will it be time for discussion about gun control?

By Greg Jayne December 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

We should be better than this.

Jayne: There are lessons in trying and losing and trying again

By Greg Jayne December 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Above all, I have one hope.

Jayne: Hey, wait, I thought the 'War on Christmas' was over

By Greg Jayne December 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Sarah Palin, apparently, didn't get the memo.

Jayne: Government assistance? Maybe I'm just being a jerk

By Greg Jayne November 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Americans, it would appear, are becoming less and less generous.

Jayne: Here's why Republicans need to change: They're losing

By Greg Jayne November 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.

A column I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Clark County Republican Party led to an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. The local Republicans had chastised Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler for voting to end the government shutdown, and I questioned whether it was wise for officials to cannibalize one of their own as part of an ongoing fight for the soul of the party.

Jayne: Signs of a good election: City, county working together

By Greg Jayne November 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Now that the election has ended and the people have spoken and the results have been tallied, the time has arrived for the most important part of the entire process — removing those campaign signs.

Jayne: CRC, ‘Madore 4’: What matters in Vancouver election?

By Greg Jayne November 3, 2013 6 a.m.

I remember the first time I voted.

Jayne: Clark County Republicans may be picking wrong fight

By Greg Jayne October 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I sure hope they know what they're doing.

Greg Jayne: Madore's explanation and apology don't pass smell test

By Greg Jayne October 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I like David Madore. Well, I've never actually spoken with the man, but I like the fact that he's willing to shake up county government.

Jayne: What's in a name? For Redskins, it's source of debate

By Greg Jayne October 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I received a call awhile back, during my previous life as a sports editor, from a gentleman who identified himself as a Native American and wanted to talk about the furor over the Washington Redskins' nickname.

Jayne: Despite frustration, Congress has no reason to change

By Greg Jayne October 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I didn't intend to turn this into "Brian Baird: The Miniseries." After all, I wrote about the former U.S. representative last week, and that's normally a big enough dose of anything that has to do with Congress.

Baird reflects on debates that seem from so long ago

By Greg Jayne September 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Frankly, I wanted to dislike Brian Baird.

Jayne: On guns, mental illness and the intersection of the two

By Greg Jayne September 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

We need to talk. About violence. About guns. About mental illness. We need to talk about the things that seem so maddeningly difficult to talk about in this country. We need to talk about the same things we needed to talk about after the last mass shooting, and the one before that, and the one before that.

Jayne: Taking exception to Putin's anti-exceptionalism view

By Greg Jayne September 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

OK, I'll admit it. I looked it up. In the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin chastising Americans through the pages of the New York Times, I looked into the concept of "American Exceptionalism."

Jayne: Separation between church and state not all that clear

By Greg Jayne September 8, 2013 6:02 a.m.

I love the letters.

Jayne: Biff and Bubba assess the latest downfall of civilization

By Greg Jayne September 1, 2013 6 a.m.

"It's an embarrassment," Biff said, taking another gulp of Budweiser, "a national embarrassment."

Jayne: A lot of big issues with no simple answers, only pain

By Greg Jayne August 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Well, I've put it off about as long as I can.

Jayne: Insightful advice can be meaningful for any generation

By Greg Jayne August 18, 2013 6 a.m.

After 25 years in journalism — honing my craft, interviewing governors and Hall of Famers, sharing stories both inspirational and tragic — it has come to this.

Jayne: Listening a critical skill in this job – and everywhere else

By Greg Jayne August 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Let's start with a disclaimer: No, I'm not obsessed with the CRC.

Jayne: Spurring community engagement still name of the game

By Greg Jayne August 4, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Hey, where did it go? Where is the CRC? Where is the plutonium-like fodder — both powerful and deadly — that it promised to provide?

Greg Jayne: Sports memories to last a lifetime

By Greg Jayne July 28, 2013 6 a.m.

OK, I'll admit it. You get to do a lot of cool things when you're a sports editor.

By the Numbers: These current players should be Cooperstown bound

By Greg Jayne July 27, 2013 6 a.m.

History suggests that roughly 50 active major leaguers will eventually make the Hall of Fame.

Greg Jayne: Lot of cheers and bit of perspective for Seahawks

By Greg Jayne July 21, 2013 6 a.m.

We hear, all too often, about perspective in sports.

Patterson pleased with javelin effort

By Greg Jayne July 20, 2013 6 p.m.

She didn't accomplish everything she had hoped for, but Vancouver's Kara Patterson was pleased with her effort Saturday.