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Republicans threaten democracy

President Joe Biden is seeking re-election. I wish he were younger and I might favor other Democrats — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 2020 presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker come to mind. But Biden’s... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Failure to act legalizes drugs

The state Legislature is headed back to Olympia this week for a special session specifically to deal with the prospect of all drugs becoming legal July 1. Sen. Mark Schoesler,... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

It's That Time of the Year

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/19/2023


My parting thoughts from session

Beef Day is the second-best day of the legislative session, next to the last day. Probably the best news about the 2023 legislative session is that we adjourned on time, although th... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Carefully weigh energy tradeoffs

President Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate replacement of... — Updated 5/19/2023


Public safety failures the legacy of 2023

This session saw some bipartisan successes as lawmakers and citizens were in Olympia together for the first time in nearly three years. That in-person interaction is always key for working relationships and good workable solutions... — Updated 5/19/2023


Impaired driver bills advance

In recent years, drunk and drug-impaired driving has become a greater problem on Washington’s roads and highways. It is a major reason for the alarming increase in accidents and... — Updated 5/19/2023


Lawmakers refrain from raising taxes

A miracle of sorts took place under the Capitol dome on April 23. The state Legislature adjourned its 2023 legislative session without raising taxes. I want to point it out because... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Earth Day isn't about politics

On Earth Day this year, I will be planting two trees in a local park. This is not a political act. And yet, there are many who will see it that way because it occurs on a day... — Updated 5/19/2023


Gun measures miss causes

On the Saturday before Easter, the state Senate's majority Democrats passed what they call an "assault weapons ban." In reality, the bill targets several of the most popular sporting and self-defense firearms in the country, includ... — Updated 5/19/2023


State payroll tax to hit businesses this summer

House and Senate budget writers released their 2023-25 state operating budget proposals recently. It was a reminder that taxpayers have been very kind to the state’s coffers as revenue forecasts over the past few years have... — Updated 4/12/2023


Attacking Second Amendment doesn't address core causes of society's violence and lawlessness

On the Saturday before Easter, the state Senate’s majority Democrats passed what they call an “assault weapons ban.” In reality, the bill targets several of the most popular sporting and self-defense firearms in the country,... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Employers Struggle to Find Work Balance

Today, employers continue to struggle finding enough workers while attempting to bring people back to the office (work sites). A key problem is there simply aren’t enough people... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

School Safety Needs Wider Attention

My Mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The most recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville where three students and three adults were shot to... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

Parental rights only sound good

Parents’ Bill of Rights? Sounds OK until you see who supports it and why. House Resolution No. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reading the “five pillars of H.R. 5,... — Updated 4/12/2023


State capital gains income tax upheld

Ever since legislative Democrats passed a law (Senate Bill 5096) two years ago creating a capital gains state income tax in Washington, observers on both sides of the political... — Updated 3/31/2023


Good to see president support breaching dams

Nice to see Prez Biden supporting salmon, treaty rights and dam breaching. As you may or may not know, the four Lower Snake River dams were made to be breached as they are half earthen and half concrete. Maybe those who put them... — Updated 3/31/2023


Protect local pharmacies

In small communities across Eastern Washington, the local pharmacy is a business you rely on. Often it is the only outlet for miles around where you can get your prescriptions... — Updated 3/29/2023


Public safety needs more than a step

Law enforcement in our region continue to serve the people with professionalism, dedication and compassion. The brave men and women behind the badge are an integral part of our... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Nancy Parry    Opinion

LOL at crazy hair-colored women

Who would have ever imagined that a fashion would prevail whereby women would purposely choose to look “not pretty?” I am past 80, no longer pretty and right in style. I just wish the green-, purple- and orange-haired people... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Katie Johnson    Opinion

Patients should have a right to know

Do patients have a right to know if an insurance plan is going to force them to use a mail-order pharmacy or the insurance-owned mail order system during open enrollment? Do patients have a right to chose who they receive medical... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Simon Smith    Opinion

Greenhouse gases raise Earth temp

We all need to understand climate science. Climate fundamentals are simple: Sunshine warms the Earth, and the Earth radiates heat back into space as infrared. Earth’s temperature results from how much radiant heat gets trapped... — Updated 3/16/2023


Proposed mileage tax targets ruralites

The Vehicle Miles Travelled tax, or VMT, is once again raising its ugly head in Olympia in the form of House Bill 1832. It has been rebranded the "Road Usage Charge" (RUC), a more... — Updated 3/6/2023


Time Change

 — Updated 3/6/2023

 By Rep. Mary Dye    Opinion

Fighting for farmers' survival

Too many Puget Sound lawmakers never look beyond their grocery stores to understand the struggle of our farmers to keep those stores supplied. That’s why Sen. Mark Schoesler,... — Updated 3/6/2023


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