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Professors should be enlightening public

When Americans go to the polls, we most often don’t know who or what we are voting for. We have little knowledge of candidates or of history, problems our founding fathers and mothers did not have. Our ancestors read serious... — Updated 1/27/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Data Centers Looking to capture heat

Coupled with rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool... — Updated 1/26/2023


Poor now?

The legislative session is in full swing, which means a lot of lawmakers are interested in picking winners and losers. Instead of creating equal opportunities, an equality of outcome is being sought. The Washington Future Fund,... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    Opinion

False spring: Maybe not this time

You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a “false winter” as it is sometimes called. Well,... — Updated 1/26/2023


New Year's Resolutions

 — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

House bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies collect billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023


Schoesler: Address school maintenance

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school... — Updated 1/26/2023


Threat to Democracy

 — Updated 12/29/2022


State should simplify some regulations

Former state senator and current state Director of Commerce Lisa Brown rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces in Washington. Brown says the state... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Expanded Panama Canal Challenges Washington Ports

The $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports. It is putting pressure on the Pacific Ocean-based terminals to be more... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Lucas Walsh    Opinion

Onward and Upward

As the dawn of a new year approaches, it is important to pause and take stock of ourselves, and of the many mercies and comforts we enjoy. After all, “Gratitude,” Cicero said, “is not the greatest of the virtues, it is the... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Veterans' Wreaths Spread Across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans' graves across America help to ease that pain. More... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

Mental strength before anything else

A strong mind and body are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I learned that while recently completing basic training for the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla. I was never a... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Energy: All-of-the-above needed

Looking ahead to 2023 one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to an “All of the Above” strategy which expands our energy options rather than further... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Christmas magic alive and well

As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents — what kid doesn’t? In high school and college, the luster subsided.... — Updated 12/29/2022


Philosophical Santa

 — Updated 12/29/2022


Turkey Tweet

 — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us... — Updated 11/20/2022


Free Press endorses Didier for commissioner

When the halls of government offices exude consensus and the hive mind takes over, the good ole boy network is usually at play. To open the doors of transparency, it takes new leadership willing to stand up to the closed-minded... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Crimes increase while student learning decreases

It’s no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Washington's constitution has broadest definition of property in the country

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation. Although most state... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Brad Skiff    Opinion

Political Ad Monster

 — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recycling Lithium Batteries Must Accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Karen Swoope    Opinion

Throw the bums out!

You and I may not always agree on who the bums are, but we know that “You’re out!” is a cornerstone of our democracy. Lobbyists, dark money and blind ambition can be thwarted, but only If we vote, and this November, only if... — Updated 11/3/2022


Responding to Schoesler

Partisan state senator Mark Schoesler misses the mark again when he complains about the supposed tax and services imbalance between the two different sides of Washington. He calls free public transportation for west side children... — Updated 11/3/2022


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