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 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Law enforcement should be pursuing phantom scammers

Last week my wife and I both received scam attempts. The scammers didn’t get any money from us, but they did cause some inconvenience. In some way that I don’t pretend to understand, they hacked into my wife’s computer, locked it up and demande...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 26, 2018

The children in the United States are our future now

My niece and nephew recently came to visit from the Midwest. They had never seen this part of the world, and I thought they would be impressed with the variety of ecosystems in Eastern Washington. Thus, I was a bit surprised when their initial...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 19, 2018

You need a reservation to enjoy the lazy days of summer

We had a cold wet spring. I don’t know whether to blame global warming or Donald Trump, but it sure was hard on my garden. I didn’t think my corn was ever going to come up. I am glad warm weather has finally arrived. I became aware of the...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Even if you don't like him, get your information right about Trump

I read a recent syndicated column blaming President Donald Trump for the recent shooting in the newsroom in Annapolis. Whoa! That is a stretch. The president has certainly been critical of the national press, but his opinion surely didn’t incite...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 5, 2018

In this country, when in doubt - sue someone

Our governor and attorney general are at it again. They decided to sue the president over his policy to separate the children of illegal immigrants when the parents are detained. The paperwork was prepared and ready to submit when the president...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Open primaries could move us to the middle

I frequently decompress by laying back in my overstuffed recliner as I read the paper. I was doing fine until a sentence in a nationally syndicated column caught my eye and raised my blood pressure. This well known columnist said he didn’t want to...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Trump may be unorthodox, but he's often right

It is popular to pick on our president. He makes it so easy that anyone can do it. The recent meeting with the North Korean dictator should have been praiseworthy, but president Trump’s unorthodox leadership style brought criticism instead. I have...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Plastic straws are public enemy number one

By FRANK WATSON Contributor Seattle is leading the effort to save our planet from ourselves. They have joined Portland and a host of California cities in the battle against plastic drinking straws. A school boy noticed discarded straws outside fast...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 7, 2018

'Everybody knows that' is no substitute for good, hard facts

I am usually fairly easy to get along with. I accept most things, even dumb things, without getting my dander up. But, when presented with unsupported claims based on widespread rumors, I have been known to lose my patience. I was venting the other...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 31, 2018

A letter to the graduating class of 2018

Congratulations. You have successfully completed your public education and are about to enter the real world. It isn’t that school is not the real world, but it is a special world where you are not fully responsible for your actions and most...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Sometimes you wonder what people are thinking

Every now and again I come across something that is unbelievably dumb. It seems that there is currently an epidemic of very stupid things in the news. I don’t have space enough to cover them all, so I have selected three that my old friend Oscar... Full story

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Special prosecutors do nothing except spend money uselessly

Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attempt to influence the 2016 election is getting more and more press lately. The prosecutor and his team are not actually tasked with finding out if the Russians tried to influence the election. That...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Teacher's unions may be good for teachers, but not so for students

My first teaching job was in a Spokane middle school. I was hired for one semester while an experienced teacher had both knees replaced. It was an interesting assignment. A week or so after I began, I was given notes for the kids to take home...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Taking risk should have potential for reward

I read an article in a liberal publication the other day. Although I lean to the right, I try to listen to arguments left of the middle. That is only fair. In this particular article, the author bemoaned the fact that his poor brother-in-law was...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 26, 2018

Trade wars are not the answer to our problems

I admire leaders who surround themselves with very smart people. Good managers use their experts to make their organizations better. It would seem that President Trump missed that lesson in management class. He has obviously been successful in...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 19, 2018

Stormy Daniels is an unwelcome tempest

I can’t feel sorry for Stormy Daniels. This saga shows American politics at its worse. For those who haven’t followed the scandal in detail, let me recap the sequence of events as I understand them. In 2006, a sleazy British tabloid claimed a...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 12, 2018

Tax relief in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to logic

I finished my taxes a few weeks ahead of the deadline. Yippee! Now I can worry about something else. When I talk to my friends, I find I am one of the few who prepares their own tax returns. Most are afraid to make a mistake or decide not to spend...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    March 29, 2018

The answer to gun control is stop the violence

I have watched with interest as students across the country demonstrated to bring attention to the rising number of senseless school shootings. The national media reported these demonstrations as anti-gun protests. I listened closely to student...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 22, 2018

The proposed capital gains tax is a bad idea for everyone involved

I was concerned when the state Senate seat in rural King County went to a Democrat, giving them a one vote majority as well as control of the House and governor’s office. The liberals are now unencumbered in their self-appointed mission to see how...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Oscar in Argentina says cronyism is the problem in their country

During our recent trip through the wine country of Argentina, I became friends with our guide, Oscar. Oscar is an interesting guy. His first real job was as a newspaper columnist for a large daily in Mendoza. In 1983 he wrote a piece criticizing...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 1, 2018

You should eat your way to good health, especially with some meat

By FRANK WATSON Contributor I read an article in a medical journal the other day that said people who eat faux-burgers made from peas or beans eat 12 percent fewer calories at their next meal. I was astonished. Have you ever eaten that stuff? A...

 

We need to save humanity in order to save this planet of ours

I drove over to Wenatchee last week for a meeting. As is normal for me when I travel alone, I enjoyed the countryside and day-dreamed most of the way. As I drove pass the irrigation canals, forests of electric transmission lines and crossed the...

 

The homeless problem has several solutions

I see my eye specialist five or six times a year. My normal route to his office takes me past the homeless gathering under the I-90 bridge across from Lewis and Clark High School. They don’t seem to be hurting anybody, and there is no law against...

 

The Seattle drug clinics are setting up to offer safe injection sites

I voted for Initiative 502 in 2012, not because I wanted to legalize marijuana, but because what we were doing wasn’t working. I thought it inconceivable that the U.S. government would allow any state to openly ignore federal law. At best, I was...

 

Lawmakers must follow the law, which means the U.S. Constitution

The Washington State Legislature is back in session debating ways to balance the budget while fully funding schools and trying to end run the Constitution on gun control. Encouraged by our state attorney general and governor, we have joined 15 other...

 

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