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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 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 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,... — 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... — Updated 4/6/2022


Legislative Art

 — Updated 4/6/2022

 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 Roger Harnack    Opinion

Hiking trails should remain open at Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I've hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I've hiked it by... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Rep. Mary Dye    Opinion

ORCA plan offers solutions

It was heartbreaking when the Nooksack River submerged Whatcom County farming communities, swept livestock away and decimated dairies, farmland and homes. Equally sad was when heavy rains overflowed the Chehalis River and nearby... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Despite what they say, public schools have plenty of funding

As we conclude National School Choice Week 2022, people around Washington state are about to hear a familiar refrain: Public schools need more money. Official reports, however,... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Emergency powers reform testimony

In an emergency, governors need broad powers to act fast. Legislative bodies inevitably take longer to assemble and act than a single executive, so they temporarily delegate their... — Updated 2/10/2022


House bill only delays payroll tax

Last week, I wrote that two bills addressing the state’s flawed and controversial long-term care program (nicknamed the “short-term care program”) and the costly payroll tax... — Updated 2/10/2022

 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


America the Helpful

 — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Keep an eye on Legislature

My first session was way back in 1993, and as a freshman state representative, I was very humbled and excited about being elected to serve the people of the 9th District in the... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to replace longterm care law

The first order of business when Washington state's Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state's new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democr... — Updated 1/20/2022


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