Lou Brancaccio, The Columbian

Lou Brancaccio

The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Press Talk: Let’s visit El Paso. Not!

With vandalism, burglary, murder, mayhem, pestilence, the apocalypse and Donald Trump all closing in on us, it’s pretty easy to forget the good things. → Read More

Press Talk: What gives with this Lentz stuff?

If there’s something strange. In your neighborhood. Who you gonna call? → Read More

Press Talk: How do you define home?

“Papa was a rolling stone. → Read More

Press Talk: Are you living the dream?

Don’t worry. Be happy. But – really – how happy are you? → Read More

Press Talk: The media and COVID-19 a year ago

About 100 people worldwide had died from the virus at this point, but questions began to surface if the media was blowing this story way out of proportion. The then-Commander & Chooch — Donald J. Trump — was downplaying this virus thing. And his people followed. But how did people think the media was doing early on in the virus coverage? I decided to ask this question on Facebook one year… → Read More

Press Talk: What we lost and missed

A lost summer. Right? → Read More

Press Talk: A tiny election mystery

Existence would just be like a pile of plain, sliced white Wonder bread if it wasn’t for life’s little mysteries. And I found one of these little beauties involving our local election. → Read More

Press Talk: Give challengers a chance

What if I told you there’s a local election going on right now and before the first ballot was even tabulated, it was a done deal. Guaranteed. → Read More

Press Talk: Can we eliminate goat bones?

Money, the Bible tells us, is the root of all evil. → Read More

Press Talk: Those pesky town halls

It wasn’t a Nigerian prince on the other end of the phone, offering me a million bucks. But it was close. → Read More

Press Talk: Who got the most parking tickets?

When I was editor of The Columbian and Tim Leavitt was Vancouver’s mayor, we had coffee quite a bit. We’d talk about national politics, his rarely cooking dinner and all other things local. And on mor → Read More

Press Talk: All things parking revealed

Let’s be honest. → Read More

Press Talk: Is light rail the way?

I wandered into a presentation a few weeks ago called “Journey to the Future” put on by Punta Gorda, a small southwest Florida city. More than 700 attended. I happen to hang my hat in Punta Gorda duri → Read More

Press Talk: Who doesn’t like a bridge?

Fortunately for Vancouver, the celebrations are not over! → Read More

Press Talk: The accidental politician

The way outgoing County Council Chair Marc Boldt tells it, most of us would have never known his name were it not for lots of leftover wood and green paint. → Read More

Press Talk: Who do you like?

The election is just a few days away and if I were setting the odds on this mess I’d say: → Read More

Press Talk: The Trump mess

“There must be some kind of way outta here. Said the joker to the thief. There’s too much confusion. I can’t get no relief.” → Read More

Press Talk: Could Sprung be an answer?

Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian's editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. And the answer is … Well, there is no answer, silly. And if you think there is, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Yacolt I’d love to sell you. Of course we’re talking about the homeless. “This is one of — if not the most — vexing… → Read More

Press Talk: Looking behind the scenes

When word first reached me that former State Rep. Jim Moeller was planning to get back into the game, “Godfather III” popped into my mind. → Read More

Press Talk: Take a peek at your tax bill

Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian's editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. I love me some taxes as much as the next guy, but … Did you ever notice there’s almost always a “but” when you’re talking about taxes? Sort of like talking about King James being the greatest ever, but if you ever saw Michael Jordan play …… → Read More