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 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Restore balance of power in Olympia

Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week that he will finally end governing under an emergency order — after more than 900 days —on Monday, Oct. 31.  When the Legislature next convenes, it should ensure that this type of ongoing em... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Looking to expand our coverage

Since the Davenport Times and Odessa Record merged to create the Lincoln County Record-Times, our two-person news staff has worked together to report on news, community and sports items in Davenport, Odessa, Reardan, Harrington... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Fair tax; amend the constitution

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation in Washington. Although most state constitutions mention how real, personal,... — Updated 9/8/2022


Letters to the Editor

‘Revisionist’ history more complete If the only way you learn history is from the promoted myths of statues, place names or street names, then you have only yourself to blame for your misguided sense of injury. The revisionist... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Private Sector Innovators Can Increase Fresh Water Supplies

In Washington, this year we’re fortunate to have escaped the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River basin water system has been at normal levels w... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being associat... — Updated 9/2/2022


Sen. Schoesler omitted info on police pursuits

In a recent op-ed, state Sen. Mark Schoesler, alluded to a new “bad law” that prevents law enforcement from pursuing criminal suspects in most situations. He cherry-picks a paragraph from an op-ed in a Seattle newspaper... — Updated 8/25/2022


Column touched hearts of volunteers

I am the Washington State Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Frank Watson wrote a beautiful column in the recent edition of the Cheney Free Press. He offered kind words honoring the many volunteers who construct these... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

What's in a name? Chicken labeling can be confusing for consumers

My husband and I recently got into a discussion about the differences in the labeling of chicken. He saw a post on social media outlining the supposed differences between “pasture raised,” “cage raised,” “cage free,... — Updated 8/25/2022


Decision to close schools for COVID-19 caused harm

Gov. Jay Inslee responded to the national COVID-19 health crisis by closing the public schools in Washington state to in-person instruction from March 2020 to September 2021 and allowing them to reopen sporadically the fall of... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drained Snake River Reservoirs Would Resemble Parched Rhine Riverbeds

If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes. On parts of picturesque... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Frank Watson    Opinion

Quilts of Valor

The local news coverage of the celebration for units returning from Iraq and Afghanistan left me with mixed emotions. I was delighted that our fighting men and women were being embraced by our community. At the same time, however,... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Looking for a few correspondents

Over the last several decades, many journalists saw hometown community columns as quaint links to how newspapers once operated. But with few journalists left in the Pacific... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Get ready for more expensive gas

Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in our state. The legislation requires companies to blend biofuels or fund charging stations for electric vehicles.... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

It's time to leave Eastern Washington for 'boot camp'

I officially began my internship at the Whitman County Gazette in January. I was 19 years old, a sophomore in college and contemplating what my future would look like. I came from... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Roger Stark    Opinion

Washington's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey revealed that hospital revenues were up five percent... — Updated 8/4/2022


Spokane voter supports Tiffany Smiley

I just listened to a campaign ad for Patty Murray, who is seeking another term as our senator. She stated she will fight for us for lower prescription prices, inflation, high gas prices, public safety and a cornucopia of problems... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semic... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Ruralites still left out of suicide hotline

For people considering self-inflicted death, there is an opportunity of 10 minutes or less to intervene and potentially change that course of action. July 16 marked a milestone in the national mental health discussion with the... — Updated 7/28/2022


Enjoy a ride through the Palouse

By Roger Harnack Publisher The back roads of the Palouse are beautiful this time of year. But there’s a lot more to see if you traverse them on a motorcycle. Last week, after looking at the cost of gas and the weather forecast,... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Shrouded in secrecy: State union negotiations should be public

Did you know the governor’s office is currently negotiating pay and compensation with state employee unions for the state’s 2023-25 budget? What is on the table? Will the outcome of these secret talks be no tax cuts for... — Updated 7/21/2022


Lawmakers challenge dam report conclusion

By Mark Schoesler Senator A draft of the “Lower Snake River Dams Benefit Replacement Report,” requested by Washington’s U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee last fall, recently was released to the public. While... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Greenies attacking Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

For the people living in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the Snake River, Gov. Jay Inslee’s report on destroying four dams tries to offer some solace. After a “thorough review of relevant economic reports and conversations with... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Supreme court takes on agency 'law-making'

“But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in... — Updated 7/14/2022


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