Ted Olinger

Ted Olinger is an award-winning writer. Updated from his column, “Another Last Word,” Key Peninsula News, September 2019.

A Man Obsessed: Gig Harbor Man’s Second Solo Circumnavigation

The new journey is a continuation of Eruç’s first solo human-powered circumnavigation, which he completed in 2012 after five years and 41,196 miles by rowboat, sea kayak, foot, and bicycle.

A Barbara Tuchman Classic and its Contemporary Resonance

“A phenomenon of such extended malignance as the Great War does not come out of a Golden Age,” Tuchman wrote.

Veterans Day and ‘The Destiny of Nations’

Grandfather returned to Kansas after the war but was unable to make a go of it. He left his wife and children in 1927 to join the stream of unemployed men heading west.

The Books they Ban: A Novel about the WWII Internment of Japanese

In the last two years, 19 censorship bills became law across the country, including gag orders on public school teachers and librarians, according to the National Education Association.

Animal Rescuer: Home from the Ukraine War

A retired truck driver from Lakebay takes a break after volunteering to help abandoned animals and hungry people in Ukraine.

The Book John Steinbeck Almost Wrote About the Pacific Northwest

Together with Ed Ricketts’ seminal Between Pacific Tides (1939), “it was going to be a trilogy that would complete the biological intertidal scientific data on the entire West Coast of the United States to Mexico and as far as Alaska.

The Violence Project: Mass Shootings Are Preventable

"The authors' message is clear: Mass shootings are preventable by numerous routes through individual, institutional, and societal effort. We’re just doing it wrong."

Life as it Once Was: A Backwater Peninsula on Puget Sound

The Key Peninusula has been home to anarchists, millionaires, loggers, and poets. It remains the summer refuge for whatever the opposite of a snowbird is.

A Proud American Tradition: They Banned Vonnegut. Now They Banned Me

The essential American tradition that the best response to unwelcome speech is more speech has been subsumed by audiences targeted for division and weaponized for profit.

Gun Owner: It Really is Time to “Well Regulate”

I want to keep my guns. But If I have to pass a test to prove I know how and when to use a firearm, I will accept that.