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Lawmakers should hear from voters on initiatives

It is with a mix of encouragement and disappointment that the Senate majority leader says four of the six citizen initiatives to the Legislature “might” have public hearings scheduled before the end of the 2024 session. But... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Forest bill a welcome change

Funny how it took a move into the country before a Democrat would support efforts to clean up our forest floors. Last week, Senate Bill 6121 passed the Senate unanimously. The bill... — Updated 2/22/2024


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Make the public records ‘gotcha’ less lucrative I agree with Rep. Schmick, let’s take the “gotcha” out of public records requests. That can be done by helping jurisdictions with their filing system, not by prohibiting pub... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Jeff Holy    Opinion

State needs more law officers

There was a time many years ago when our state was generally safe and did not have a serious crime problem. Unfortunately, that was then… and this is now. Washington is now among the nation’s leaders in several crimes, includin... — Updated 2/15/2024


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We need to unite to tackle fentanyl As an emergency physician, I see too many patients and families destroyed fentanyl epidemic. This is a plague that we can only face united. Four decades ago, many dismissed the impact of... — Updated 2/15/2024


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Vote ‘yes’ on Cheney school measures The Cheney School District is asking voters to support students by passing three separate financial initiatives. As a retired grandmother, I sought to understand why we needed to see a levy... — Updated 2/8/2024

 By Joe Schmick    Opinion

Taking the 'Gotcha!' out of public records requests

When Washington’s voters adopted the state’s Public Records Act under Initiative 276 in 1972, they wanted to make sure that state, county, and city governments operate openly and are transparent to the people. They recognized... — Updated 2/8/2024

 By Matt Boehnke    Opinion

Charting a Sustainable Energy Future

As Washington stands at a pivotal moment in shaping its energy future, it becomes increasingly clear that adopting sensible, forward-thinking solutions is crucial for a reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally sound power... — Updated 2/8/2024


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Watch your language on climate change As climate disruption becomes more evident, more people are empowered to advocate for climate mitigation. This advocacy is positive, but climate advocates must choose their words carefully for... — Updated 2/1/2024

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recycling EV batteries a Herculean effort

Each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material. The situation is likely to get worse as the world shifts to lithium... — Updated 2/1/2024

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry

Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the... — Updated 2/1/2024

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Democrats push massive property-tax increase

It seems like every year the Democrats, who have voting majorities in the Senate and House, in Olympia introduce legislation to raise or create taxes, no matter how much revenue the state is already collecting from you and other... — Updated 2/1/2024


Democrats push tax hike bill

It seems like every year the Democrats, who have voting majorities in the Senate and House, in Olympia introduce legislation to raise or create taxes, no matter how much revenue the state is already collecting from you and other... — Updated 1/26/2024


State's new energy policies enact great expense

“The possibility of a global environmental apocalypse has been dominating headlines and exercises a powerful hold on the imaginations of millions of people,” according to optimist and author Marion L. Tupy. Headlines of... — Updated 1/26/2024


New recourse against wolves

There are at least 216 gray wolves in 37 packs in our state. Thirty-one of those gray wolf packs are in North-Central and Northeastern Washington. Senate Bill 5939 – relating to protecting livestock from wolf predation – seeks... — Updated 1/18/2024


Secret dam pact should be aired thoroughly, publicly

The $33 billion secret Snake River Dam plan that President Biden and friends cooked up in the White House basement needs to be exposed to the light of day and thoroughly aired by all. It is time to assess how it might work in the r... — Updated 1/18/2024


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Vote ‘Yes’ and support Cheney schools Feb. 13 During the February election, the Cheney School District is asking voters to consider three ballot measures, including replacement Education Programs and Operations and Capital... — Updated 1/18/2024

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Legislative priorities this year

Monday featured opening-day ceremonies in the Senate and House chambers, followed by a joint legislative session in the House chamber on Tuesday for Gov. (Jay) Inslee’s final state of the state address. Because this is... — Updated 1/11/2024


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Breaching dams isn’t the answer Monumental Dam has a concrete fish ladder. Its lock works for barge. Rather than breach the dam – or others on the Lower Snake River – how about using a tunnel-boring machine to notch an on... — Updated 1/11/2024

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Military money is a Golden Egg

Aesop’s fable warns against killing the goose laying golden eggs. The tale’s origins date to 600 B.C. and tells of the greedy farmer who foolishly killed the prized goose to... — Updated 1/11/2024

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Dairy farmers push green cow power

In the 1990s, “things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants... — Updated 12/28/2023

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

CO2 tax is going to cost more

Washington’s new tax on CO2 emissions ended up adding about 43 cents per gallon of gas for 2023. The final price was reduced by several market interventions by Department of Ecology staff, but prices are likely to increase next... — Updated 12/28/2023


Looking a lot like Christmas

The Christmas tree is decorated. The gifts are wrapped. There may not be snow outside, yet, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And I, for one, am looking forward to our family traditions. Every family has its own... — Updated 12/21/2023


A policy wish list for Santa and all our lawmakers

With shopping behind us, it is time o turn to Santa for those final Christmas presents on our wish list. After comparing the options, here are five of the high-demand policy gifts sure to delight users of all ages. 1. A Sherlock... — Updated 12/21/2023


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Cover Hudson’s presidential bid I am writing to express my concern regarding the lack of attention given to non-partisan candidate Anthony Hudson in your coverage of the presidential race. As a blue-collar man with a message... — Updated 12/21/2023


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