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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Water has its own greenhouse gas problems

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/17/2021 Full story

 
 By DON C BRUNELL    Opinion

Land is wild card in Biden's 'green' gamble

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL — 100 % — renewable electricity by 2035 — 15 short years from... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By DR. DAVID BRAY    Opinion

We can't wait for the next pandemic for a better PPE plan

Right now, Americans can purchase nearly limitless quantities of masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment. But this time last year, it was an entirely different story. Even hospitals and doctor’s offices... — Updated 6/10/2021

 

Legislature failed to help small business, but some good things happened

Washington Policy Center and League of Women Voters of Washington want to thank the Washington State House and Senate’s bipartisan leadership for the remote testimony processes established in the challenging legislative session t... — Updated 6/3/2021

 

In the fight against climate change, don't overlook biotech

President Biden has already laid out an ambitious climate change agenda. With a series of early executive orders, he set the stage for a ban on oil and gas drilling on federal land, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, and a transition... — Updated 6/3/2021

 

L&I's virus passport rules overreach

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late last Friday, May 21st, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing relaxation of social distancing and mask... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Remembering who we owe

Memorial Day is not to honor living veterans, but the military personnel who died in the line of duty. “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let pleasant paths... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Vaccination: It's your choice

It's time to decide if you want a COVID vaccination. If you want to take a precaution to help you avoid contracting COVID, then you can accept a free vaccination. If you don't want... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

Cheney stands for the legitimate Republican Party

Very seldom do I agree with Rep. Liz Cheney on policy. I disliked her father making too many decisions for George W. Bush, and usually disagreed with them. But right now, Liz Cheney is my No. 1 hero and I’d gladly vote for her... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

It's time for Washingtonians to get back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency that... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment intended as a bridge

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

Governor issues questionable line-item vetoes, again

We knew it was coming. The moment lawmakers tried to get clever and thought they could gain support for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (House Bill 1091) and Cap and Trade (Senate Bill 5126) by linking the policies with a future transpo... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

Filing to run for office is community involvement

For folks concerned about politics the most important week of the year is next week, May 17 thru May 21. And that is filing week. It is my belief that the system favors incumbents and others tuned into the political process.... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By JAMES POOLEY    Opinion

Intellectual property rights helped America fight Covid-19

By JAMES POOLEY Contributor When Covid-19 came ashore, glaring gaps in the government’s pandemic preparedness became painfully obvious. Everything from inadequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment to confusing and uncoo... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Unemployment insurance intended for workers as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/13/2021

 

Treat Covid like we treated polio and eradicate it

When I was a child, I remember the fear of getting polio at this time of year and summer. Although, I would consider the Covid 19 virus far more deadly, the polio virus was equally deadly and feared back then. When the Salk... — Updated 5/6/2021

 

Public needs answers on policing processes

As if the black and brown lives that have been snuffed out by police without justification isn’t enough, there are other recent events that reveal the inadequate training and/or integrity of some police and law enforcement... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By KAREN KERRIGAN    Opinion

It's vaccines that are helping save small businesses

Americans are slowly returning to their favorite mom-and-pop shops and locally-owned restaurants. With COVID-19 cases falling, and 23 percent of the population fully vaccinated, most states have lifted the strictest lockdown... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By JASON MERCIER    Opinion

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit - they'll get two

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They’re going to get not one, but two. It could be years, however, before we know if... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By GREG JAMES    Opinion

Legalizing the world's oldest profession

In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had — they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana consumpti... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

It's time to start rethinking natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legi... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion

It's time to ditch the draft, once and for all

It’s outdated. It’s dysfunctional. It’s hated by most of the populace. No, we’re not talking about the line at the DMV. We’re talking about the Selective Service and the military draft. For decades, young men have had to... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By SEN. JEFF HOLY    Opinion

Legislature is on verge of raising taxes, weakening public safety

The 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to end April 25, will be remembered for several things — some good, some bad. The candidates for the “bad” column may include a variety of new or increased taxes and fees that... — Updated 4/22/2021

 

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