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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Seattle needs herculean effort for drugs, crime

Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to... — Updated 9/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Garbage, an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/29/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being associat... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Innovators can increase fresh water

In Washington, this year we’re fortunate to have escaped the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River basin water system has been at normal levels w... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Chicken labeling can be confusing

My husband and I recently got into a discussion about the differences in the labeling of chicken. He saw a post on social media outlining the supposed differences between... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Fair taxes; amend the constitution

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation in Washington. Although most... — Updated 9/13/2022

 

Guns do kill people

Who has more mental problems – perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lack normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children? Congressional... — Updated 8/24/2022

 

Sen. Schoesler omitted info on police pursuits

In a recent op-ed, state Sen. Mark Schoesler, alluded to a new “bad law” that prevents law enforcement from pursuing criminal suspects in most situations. He cherry-picks a paragraph from an op-ed in a Seattle newspaper... — Updated 8/24/2022

 

State's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Get ready for more expensive gas

Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in our state. The legislation requires companies to blend biofuels or... — Updated 8/12/2022

 

Revive federal assault weapons ban

Who has more mental problems – the perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lacks normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children? Congressional... — Updated 8/12/2022

 

Spokane voter supports Tiffany Smiley

I just listened to a campaign ad for Patty Murray, who is seeking another term as our senator. She stated she will fight for us for lower prescription prices, inflation, high gas prices, public safety and a cornucopia of problems... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor manufacturing edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semic... — Updated 7/28/2022

 

ENDORSEMENTS: Smiley, Culp

Franklin County voters have several candidates to choose from in the Aug. 2 primary election. While many candidates are busy trying to distinguish themselves for the right reasons, two congressional incumbents have made names for... — Updated 7/28/2022

 

Fathers Day: A tip of the hat or bend of the bill

For me, Father’s Day is met with mixed emotions. As is the case for millions of other children, I did not have a positive father figure in my life, the impact of which significantly altered how I viewed the world. My birth... — Updated 7/8/2022

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Greenies attacking LC Valley

For the people living in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the Snake River, Gov. Jay Inslee's report on destroying four dams tries to offer some solace. After a "thorough review of... — Updated 7/8/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

High court strikes at bureaucratic rule

"But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…" U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in his... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/20/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drones can help scorched forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to... — Updated 6/20/2022

 
 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

On the trail, when it reins, it pours

Jockeying up for the opportunity to ride with the John Wayne Pioneer Riders and Wagons last week excited me. I left home early in the morning, encountering the sweet smell of... — Updated 6/9/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

COVID-19 clawback spurs robotics

Prior to the corona virus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly-— reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals,... — Updated 6/9/2022

 

Hopeful messages on long-term-care fall short; exemptions continue

Administrators of Washington state’s long-term-care law are hitting news outlets and providing health care writers with messages of hope about a social program they say will provide “peace of mind,” even though it does... — Updated 6/6/2022

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Limiting police pursuits doesn't make sense

Many of you are aware that public safety in our state took a major hit last year when Democrats in the Legislature passed a “police reform” law that prevented law enforcement of... — Updated 6/6/2022

 

Dreaded Moment

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