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 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Vaccination: It's your choice

It’s time to decide if you want a COVID vaccination. If you want to take a precaution to help you avoid contracting COVID, then you can accept a free vaccination. If you don’t w... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment is intended as a bridge

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

It's time for Washingtonians to go back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency that... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

Reader calls for outside review of renewable energy process

The prolonged renewable energy process by Klickitat County officials and others has led to an unnecessary crisis in public confidence, which has reached a point where an independent audit by an outside entity is necessary. I've... — Updated 5/10/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit – they'll get two

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They’re going to get not one, but... — Updated 5/10/2021

 

Dodging public vote on capital gains shows elitism

This will sound funny anywhere outside Olympia, but there is a question that for years has stumped half the Legislature. If an income tax is so good for the people of the state of Washington, why do they say no every time they are... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Keeping America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny computer chips are the brains of modern... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Starter income tax is bad enough, collections rebound

Last week, the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection... — Updated 3/26/2021

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

State operating budget $5 billion in excess

Everybody associates March 17 with St. Patrick's Day, that one holiday in which we are all encouraged to wear green. Around the Capitol last week, March 17 brought a different meani... — Updated 3/26/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bill banning American Indian mascots a complete waste of time

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Let's fix unemployment-insurance problems first creating new ones

The meltdown at the state Department of Employment Security ought to teach us a lesson. It's easy for government to create problems, not so easy for the Legislature to come back in... — Updated 2/8/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Whitman under fire in Olympia

The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington - indeed all of Washington and Oregon history - is under fire again in Olympia. I'm talking about an effort this year in the... — Updated 2/5/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

U-Haul data shows people are leaving the state in droves

British historian Thomas Macaulay famously said, "The best government is one that desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy." That standard is clearly not... — Updated 1/29/2021

 

Legislature must take chronically impaired drivers off the roads

As much as we would love to see an end to impaired driving and with it, the need to keep sponsoring DUI legislation, we unfortunately know there is still much work to be done. Last... — Updated 1/29/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Prohibition 2.0

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919,... — Updated 12/22/2020

 

There's still a lot to be thankful for

Yes, Gov. Jay Inslee has issued new orders shutting down your favorite gym and movie theater, and limiting service at your favorite diner or watering hole. Yes, you’re directed to wear a mask when you go in public. And yes,... — Updated 12/6/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Robust remote testimony to look forward to in 2021

There’s no other way to say, 2020 has been just an awful year. It is difficult to believe anything good can come from this mess but I’m really excited to see that one silver... — Updated 11/22/2020

 

All-mail election needs immediacy

If we can provide it, maybe we should return to polling place voting Over the last few months, all eyes have been on Washington’s 16-year-old vote-by-mail system. National media has been holding it up as an example of what... — Updated 11/13/2020

 

Voters should reject R-90, support Espinoza

Olympia is clearly out of touch with Eastern Washington, and you won’t have to look any further than your ballot to figure that out. In addition to the East versus West gubernatorial battle, you’ll find Referendum 90, pitting... — Updated 10/30/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

China's stranglehold on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and high-tech leaders, it is a very big deal. Our government... — Updated 10/22/2020

 

Our View

If there was any doubt about a need for change in the Governor’s Mansion occupancy, political newcomer Loren Culp swept them away in the only gubernatorial debate two weeks ago. Gov. Jay Inslee, whose been occupying the mansion f... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for a special legislative session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Inslee funding unnecessary union jobs

Most schools in Washington state will remain closed this fall. Some school districts are tightening their belts in anticipation of the COVID-19 budget cuts that are coming. But... — Updated 9/1/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Who is Dr. Raul Garcia?

It was a hot, sunny July 3rd morning. About 50 farmers and ranchers were sitting under a white canopy in Basin City. From a distance, it looked as though the participants were... — Updated 7/31/2020

 

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