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 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    December 6, 2018 

Solve migrant invasion by investing in Central America

The President’s methods and manner usually leave much to be desired, but once in a while he gets something right. He is spot-on when he calls the growing crowd on our southern border a “migrant invasion.” I can’t understand why this concept...

 

CNN pushes the intent of the First Amendment

Dear CNN, I watched your broadcasts protesting the revocation of Jim Acosta’s White House press pass. You have now turned to the courts in order to bolster your continued feud with President Trump. I will agree that the president is pompous, rude...

 

Here are some lessons learned from the recent election

The mid-term election results could have been much worse. The Democrats got control of the house, but the results were far short of the predicted overwhelming blue wave. Actually, I think it is good that neither party is in total control of...

 

Removing barriers to gender equality is what really matters

I was raised around strong women. My 4-foot-10-inch grandmother was one of the strongest human beings I have ever known. My mother’s sisters worked on the farm along with my uncles and me. My sister could whip any kid in school and was one of the...

 

The future is in good hands with new generations

By FRANK WATSON I did my student teaching at Shadle Park High School several years ago. I was a nontraditional student in that I had a full Air Force career behind me and was significantly older than most teacher candidates. I walked into my assigned...

 

Demand drives supply - we must control demand

I was reading a book the other day with the television as background noise. The book wasn’t very good, so I was waiting for something other than a political ad when a statement caught my ear. I can usually ignore statements I disagree with, but...

 

Initiatives are grassroots democracy at its best

Tis the season. We have four seasons in Eastern Washington: basketball season, dry season, fire season and political season. We are slowly making it through the season for politics. As bad as it seems, it could be worse. We could be in a...

 

Whatever happened to the idea of fairness in America?

Like many Americans, I watched the testimony of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At the halfway point, following Ford’s testimony, I was convinced Kavanaugh was toast. Ford’s demeanor as well as her words were...

 

If we all bought American, there wouldn't be tariff turmoil

My first new car was a Chevy Malibu made in Detroit. A few years later, my wife and I bought a few acres north of Airway Heights and thought we needed a small truck. I wouldn’t settle for anything but an American brand and was surprised to find...

 

Can there be a middle ground in the abortion debate?

I recently took my grandson back to the Midwest to get better acquainted with some of his relatives. He is only recently aware that he is related to a huge clan of Midwesterners. While there, I watched as two of my kinfolks debated whether or not...

 

McCleary money should be for education needs, not teacher wages

If you would talk to some of my Air Force buddies from the Vietnam era, you would find that I dreamed of being a teacher and football coach for a long time. When I had sufficient time in military service, I decided to obtain my teaching credentials...

 

Some suggestions on how we can improve our country

A friend and I were engaged in a bit of fanciful wishful thinking the other day when he asked me how I would improve our country with a $100 million or so. I quickly ran down the list of national problems we are rapidly leaving for our...

 

Organic farming isn't any better than regular farming

I visited my favorite supermarket the other day and got lost in the produce section. The price of apples had gone up 50 percent. They were from New Zealand and sported green “organic” labels. They were supposed to have been raised according to na...

 

Make a sensible argument when discussing taxes and fairness

A few weeks ago, I was in a serious discussion with a young friend who claimed that the Washington state tax system is unfair to the poor. I asked how he came to that conclusion, and he said the rich in Washington pay a lower percent of their income...

 
 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...

 

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