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 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion 

Once useful to workers, unions have run their course

The United Auto Workers Union strike against General Motors has entered its second month with no end in sight. They are using tactics developed years ago when the big three automakers ruled the industry. Rather than strike across... — Updated 10/17/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

When all else fails, it's time to impeach the president

News flash – Nancy Pelosi learned President Trump is using his office for political gain so the House has begun impeachment hearings. I thought using the power of office was pretty normal in American politics. Members of... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

There's a learning curve to function in the modern world

I bought my first electronic calculator several years ago when I was in grad school. It was made by Texas Instruments and was a little bigger than a deck of cards. It could add, subtract, multiply, and divide much faster and more... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

It's money that drives the economy, balanced trade needed

I heard a news report last week proudly announce, “The economy improved last week fueled by consumer spending.” Consumer spending, or lack thereof may be an indicator of economic strength, but it doesn’t drive. It doesn’t... — Updated 9/19/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

The myth of safety and security in these United States

I had a wonderful opportunity in 2000. I was selected as part of Spokane’s sister city educational exchange, and taught English in the Japanese public school system. One of my students was considering applying to be an exchange... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Unelected judges replacing our government of we the people

I thought the court decisions against the makers of Roundup were over the top, but I was absolutely astounded at the recent ruling against Johnson & Johnson. These judgments are not only out of line, but tend to spawn even more... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Agitators are generally involved only for themselves

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question. I have found over my considerable years that when you have nothing to add, you should keep your mouth shut. Our President seems to have missed that lesson. When congresswomen Tlaib an... — Updated 8/29/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

There's no doubt about it now, Donald Trump must go

I’m still looking for an alternative for Donald Trump in 2020. I agree with almost everything negative that has been said of him. He is obnoxious, he makes unnecessary enemies, he is undiplomatic, he does not command loyalty, he... — Updated 8/22/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Sports

It's time to have a real discussion about guns in American society

I realize every writer with a second-hand computer will sit down at their keyboard this week and write about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. I hope you read them all. Some will be emphatic that the only way to stop the... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Socialism is a one-way trip to disaster

A few years ago, I had occasion to examine potential threats to our democracy. The national debt, exportation of wealth and our economic dependence on foreign countries headed my list of concerns. My list was unchanged until... — Updated 8/1/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Taking it easy is not the answer to a healthy society

I spent the Fourth of July sitting on the porch of our cabin on the river thanking God we had a cabin on the river. I tried to ignore the roaring jet skis and speedboats pulling kids on inner tubes. I groaned inwardly as they... — Updated 7/18/2019


Too often we find ways to abuse good intentions

My television viewing is normally limited to the news, Mariner’s baseball and Gonzaga basketball. Shut in by bad weather a few weeks ago, I found myself temporarily out of library books, so I was daydreaming while a drama series... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Monuments not necessarily for those who served

Deployments to Vietnam from Fairchild normally included an overnight stop in Pearl Harbor. Some of our crew had been there before and suggested we go out to the USS Arizona. We went to the pier and rode to the site in a small open... — Updated 7/3/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

This is the tale of the squirrel and Mary Franks' walnuts

I am a gardener. It is the only way I’ve found to be partners with God. Women and God partner up to produce additional human beings. After a brief DNA donation, men only get involved when the offspring wants to know how to throw... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

President Trump putting Chinese exports on hold

The criticism of President Trump’s tariff war continues to grow. The attacks are mostly centered around the American consumer. I understand the concern. I don’t want the prices at the checkout to be any higher than they absolut... — Updated 6/20/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

And with that, the Class of 2019 has arrived

Congratulations graduates! It’s been a long time since I stood in your place. I remember being excited to finish a big phase in my life and apprehensive about starting a new one. I am sure you feel much the same. For the past 12... — Updated 6/13/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Recycling gains from tariffs offers lesson for other industries

The first law of economics is Murphy’s Law. The second, right behind Murphy, is the Law of Unintended Consequences, which says: “Any outside input into the free market tends to disrupt its normal flow.” The free market can... — Updated 6/6/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

What happened to justice in American courts?

Our court system is out of control. I was watching a Mariner’s game the other day when the network filled a break in the action with a half dozen commercials. My drink and chip bowl were both full, so I sat back in my recliner... — Updated 5/23/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Affirmative Action has turned into negative reaction

Twenty years ago, Washington voters outlawed ethnic discrimination within our state. Initiative 200, passed by a decisive popular vote, specified that employers or those granting contracts, “shall not discriminate against nor... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Religious freedom condemns terrorism

On March 15, a small group of white supremacists attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 worshipers. Political and religious leaders throughout the world condemned the act and the terrorists. The six gunmen were... — Updated 5/2/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Changing daylight savings a bad move - set clocks to standard time

Our state Legislature has accomplished all their goals. They have outlawed eyeball tattoos, enacted the biggest budget increase in history, raised the price of gasoline, and enabled the worst school funding debacle since statehood.... — Updated 4/25/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Education funding decisions can have long-term consequences

Big headlines announce one in 12 Spokane teachers may lose their jobs. Those who follow my column may remember last fall when the Legislature poured money into K-12 education statewide, I said it would do little, if anything, to... — Updated 4/18/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Our tax system makes no sense, needs an overhaul

Yippeee! I finished my taxes. I was concerned after the media horror stories of taxpayers who expected considerable refunds only to discover they owed thousands to the IRS. I didn’t know what to expect. I was happy to discover... — Updated 4/4/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Walks like a tax, sounds like a tax

I was tired of shoveling snow the other day and needed some comic relief, so I decided to read the most recent newsletters sent out by my state representative. Finding out what is happening at our state capitol is challenging. I... — Updated 3/28/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Despite excess labor, universal living wage right around the corner

Homelessness has been cussed and discussed with no solution in sight. With no viable plan, most government officials wring their hands and hope the problem will go away. The latest suggestion is to pay the homeless a living wage.... — Updated 3/21/2019


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