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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated products reduce fire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/19/2022


Inslee attacks natural gas, again

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But,... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Nancy Street    Opinion

Who cares about the immuno-compromised?

Why haven’t we read or heard more about the immuno-compromised who are dealing with the decision to remove mask mandates by a newly-appointed 33-year-old Florida U.S. District judge deemed unqualified by the American Bar... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Plastic bag ban is only a scam on shoppers

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Dale Anderson    Opinion

Worst Seat - Now I'm listening

Last year, the NCAA approved student-athletes being able to earn money for their name, image and likeness or NIL. I think that a lot of fans thought it was a good idea since... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

Fairchild 'fueled' my military excitement

As a young lady in her infancy of writing news here in Colfax, and who is in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, my experience while flying with the Thunderbirds last Thursda... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Milling trees can pay to reduce wildfire risks

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much-needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/19/2022


Political Cartoon

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 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Capital gains backers spying

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ukraine needs it's sunflower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Numbers show it's time to de-list wolves statewide

The state wolf population saw a significant increase, growing by 16% in 2021 according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The number of packs grew to 23 from 29 in 2020, and the number of breeding pairs increased from... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Sean Bates    Opinion

Government or 'den of thieves'

You may already be aware of my recent social media post where I laid out the case of the Adams County Sheriff's Office — led by Sheriff Dale Wagner — seizing and selling a home that was co-owned by a pair of brothers. The... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Democrats being dishonest about gasoline tax increase

With so much rhetoric about moving the state away from gas-powered vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions, one of the strangest claims made during the legislative session was that there was no increase in "gas taxes." Various versions... — Updated 4/6/2022


Legislative Art

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 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Perpetual racism policy in schools

The cult of social justice is perpetuating racism in the Clover Park School District with a new student discipline policy requiring staff to consider a student’s race and backgrou... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Re-think public education now

Washingtonians now pay nearly $17,000 per student, per year, for K-12 public education, more than tuition at most private schools. That is more than $400,000 for a classroom of 25 students. What are the results? The Office of... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ukraine boxers' patriotism bring hope

It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his (her) game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his (her) country. However, that is... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

LNG can replace more Russian gas

There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Washington considers timber harvesting ban

Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering banning timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the Board must insure its healthy forest... — Updated 3/3/2022

 By Roger Stark    Opinion

How does United States health care compare to other countries?

The United States has a unique health care delivery system. Unlike other industrialized countries which all have some form of top-down, government-run system, the structure of... — Updated 3/3/2022

 By David Haugen    Opinion

No room for coronavirus rebels

"Wear masks!" "Social distance!" "Wash hands!" "Do not gather!" "Don't be a danger!" "Quarantine!" "Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!" "Follow the science!" "Listen; do not speak!" "... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ireland: Clean, greener and reopening

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drop assault on natural gas

Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad... — Updated 2/10/2022


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