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 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 13, 2019 

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 years, you have...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 6, 2019

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 be visualized as an...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 23, 2019

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 and day-dreamed. I...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 9, 2019

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 grant preferable...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 2, 2019

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 rounded up and...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 25, 2019

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. Having done all th...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 18, 2019

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 improve classroom...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 4, 2019

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 my small refund was...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 28, 2019

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 usually start with...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 21, 2019

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. Thus, the...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Election season has begun with few good choices

I didn’t think it was quite time for political season, but it seems to have started. I was just sitting down to dinner when my phone rang. If it had been 30 seconds later, I would have let the answering machine take it even though I was expecting...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Michael Cohen: A tempest in the testimony

I normally watch the news as I brew my morning cup of tea. As we were experiencing a significant winter storm, I was anxious to check school closures and road conditions. I was disappointed to find all news channels filled with Michael Cohen’s cong...

 

Save me from my stupid self

I went to college in New York. It was a long way from home, but West Point offered to let me play football in exchange for a quality education and a career. New York was quite a culture shock for a small town farm boy. The drinking age was 18, the...

 

Supporting or denying abortion is not government's business

Along with millions of other Americans, I watched last week’s State of the Union Address. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it. The President was uncharacteristically subdued. He didn’t pick any fights nor call anyone names....

 

We're a nation of laws - whether we like them or not

Four Washington state counties announced they will not enforce Initiative 1639, and more may follow. I don’t understand. I was taught in high school civics class we were a federal, constitutional, democracy. I remembered the words but didn’t...

 

Legalization is one answer to curbing illegal drug epidemic

I visited a pot shop last week, something I thought I would never do. A senior citizen friend of mine has been experiencing rather severe knee pain and is trying to postpone an inevitable replacement. In the meantime, she has done almost everything:...

 

Declaration of a non-candidate for president of the United States

After long and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for President of the United States in 2020. I realize this may come as a disappointment to my supporters, and I will leave my future options open, but the timing is just not right. This...

 

Shutdown proves one thing: our government is truly broken

It looks as if the current government shutdown will set a new record with no end in sight. President Trump has avowed that he will not end the standoff unless there is funding for his wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is just as adamant that there...

 

Minimum wage detracts from business more than it supports

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009. Even though 96 percent of gainfully employed Americans earn more than the minimum, there is a push to increase it to a “living wage.” Minimum wage is a bad idea for several reasons, it...

 

Making football safer

I have about quit watching football. I did watch the Army/Navy game, and was pleased when my old alma mater made it three wins in a row. The only other college game I watched was the Apple Cup. I don’t watch the pros since some players decided to...

 

Christmas tends to bring out memories of all shapes and sizes

During our last family reunion, some of my siblings and I relived some of our childhood Christmas memories. We were not the most affluent family in town. Dad raised 10 kids on a factory worker’s pay, so to provide special holiday memories, our...

 

Socialized health care questions start with funding

During the recent mid-term elections, Democrats campaigned extensively and at times quite successfully on health care. The specifics covered a wide spectrum. The recurring theme, however, appeared to be cost. Politicians across the board promised...

 

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...

 

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