Rick Stiebel

RICKTER SCALE: Plastic continues to solve most of our problems

Plastic is a willing substitute for much heavier elements we use in our everyday life

RICKTER SCALE: Spending time with the elephant in the room

Every time you turn on your television, there’s a pitch for a new drug

COLUMN: How I would win the election

Here’s a campaign platform designed to make politicians in it strictly for the money

weak at the knees.

NDP leader Horgan in full travel mode

Education infrastructure on the West Shore among key issue

RICKTER SCALE: It’s a snow day. Ugh!

I have a suggestion for those of you with semi-suicidal tendencies stupid enough to drive around without snow tires last Friday.

Langford to support Colwood in seeking CRD service review

Langford council has unanimously supported a call from Colwood to launch a review of services provided to local municipalities by the CRD.

Sooke School District signs agreements for new land for schools

The money offered for the different parcels of land ranges from $300,000 to $2 million an acre, says school district superintendent.

COLUMN: Why I hate the Seahawks

It starts at the top with Pete Carroll, the coach who left USC after turning a blind eye to transgressions resulting in sanctions.

RICKTER SCALE: Fearless and fearful predictions for the year ahead

Here's what's in store for the good folks of Sooke, says columnist

COLUMN: The Shawshanked Reduction cuts close to home

Why is it sports fans on the West Coast continue to get shafted by our local cable king?

COLUMN: Silent treatment strikes again

The second week of December will always be the toughest of times for every remaining member of our family.

RICKTER SCALE: Bumped, stumped and trumped

To poach a title from Pink Floyd’s playlist, the U.S. election results have let a lot of us unbelievers feeling uncomfortably numb.

Politicus correctus, por favor

You can thank the Cleveland Indians for this column because I wouldn’t be writing it if they weren’t in the World Series.

Boating tips offered for fall weather

Ensure your water excursions around Greater Victoria are safe this time of year

COLUMN: Welcome to Sooksquatch Crossing

Let me start by saying I don’t particularly care for Tim Hortons coffee to distance myself from any future conflict of interest court cases.

COLUMN: Looking for laughs in Ladysmith

For reasons beyond my limited scope, I’ve been blessed to work with some of the best in the biz

Jazz, a species of lizard I can’t recall, and crickets

Dog and lizard sitting for a friend didn't end up so well

RICKTER SCALE: Thanks for the memory

I still haven’t played a video game since the invention of Pong in 1972

Eleven months in Colombia awaits young Metchosin Rotarian

Will be living in the city of Cali as part of a youth exchange

Const. Beckett will not be forgotten

Plaque in West Shore RCMP memorial garden a fitting tribute