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 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Finding the Power for Future Griswold Christmas Lightshows

It is that time of year when people put up their outside holiday lights and displays. Judging from our neighborhood they are decorating more than usual. In our country 90 percent... — Updated 12/7/2023

 By John Myers    Opinion

Obesity isn't from lack of medications

Antidiabetic medications have been given a lot of attention lately. In the Age of Information, some subjects take over every screen, while others gather dust in the basement. The Human Genome Project got plenty of attention in the... — Updated 12/7/2023


Letter to the Editor

‘BIG WIRES’ Act provides power benefits The Building Integrated Grids With Inter-Regional Energy Supply (BIG WIRES) Act is a promising bipartisan bill in Congress that offers a wide range of benefits: reducing the risk of elect... — Updated 11/30/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

The 10 best…and worst…Christmas songs

By As soon as the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are put away on Thanksgiving, it’s officially time to turn the holiday calendar to Christmas. Notice I didn’t mention mashed potatoes in the list of Thanksgiving foods. That... — Updated 11/30/2023

 By Pam Roach    Opinion

What do we have to lose?

We had a great crop of apples this year and more pumpkins than we could give away. Blackberries from the Westside and home canned cherries from early summer and have we got our pies! America is a land of plenty and we love to eat... — Updated 11/30/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/22/2023

 By Mary Dye    Opinion

Building relationships for our farmers

Last month, I attended joint meetings for the National Association of State Conservation Agencies and the National Watershed Coalition in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of... — Updated 11/16/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bad water is the problem, according to the GAO

Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk routinely blame Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite... — Updated 11/16/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Never Forget Our Vets

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day... — Updated 11/9/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Return of the sockeye

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains---the end of his... — Updated 11/2/2023


Paid leave is too high

What’s the hourly wage of a Paid Family and Medical Leave recipient in Washington state? It’s higher than I’m comfortable with. Lawmakers should explain to all workers why they think it is good policy to take money from... — Updated 11/2/2023


Sex offenders may hide in plain sight

Thirty-five attorneys general throughout the nation, including Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have banded together in opposition to a proposal by the American Law Institute that would put an end to sex offender... — Updated 11/2/2023


Traffic to get worse regardless of tolls

The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way on I-405. The increase will cost an I-405... — Updated 10/26/2023


Letters to the Editor

Reader supports Long for council I have known Rebecca Long for more than 20 years. In that time, I have watched her succeed in everything she puts her mind to. A fellow (Eastern Washington university) Eagle and a champion for... — Updated 10/19/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen Hubs Could Hasten Switch from Diesel in Big Rigs

President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific... — Updated 10/19/2023


State agencies can rehire workers terminated for lack of a COVID-19 vaccine

When Gov. Jay Inslee’s misguided vaccine mandate ended in May, his office said there would not be an outreach effort to rehire the more than 2,000 employees lost because of the condition for employment — even with staff... — Updated 10/12/2023


Gas attacks stress struggling Americans

Gov. Jay Inslee inappropriately used our state’s building codes to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Now, the Biden Administration is going a step further issuing rules that drastically clamp down on natural... — Updated 10/12/2023


Don't buy into renewed COVID hysteria

Just as memories of COVID lockdowns and mask mandates were fading to the back of our collective minds, the hysteria is returning, and many are wondering how to react. The two new strains responsible for the surge in cases are... — Updated 10/5/2023


Natural gas attacks stressful

Gov. Jay Inslee inappropriately used our state’s building codes to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Now, the Biden Administration is going a step further issuing rules that drastically clamp down on natural... — Updated 10/5/2023


Canceled drilling leases hurts us

While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the bigger story. Biden’s other proclamation forbids ta... — Updated 9/28/2023


My nightmare is a call to action to build schools

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. His dream turned into one of the most famous speeches to address inequality in our country. His speech represented how optimistic he was. I, however, am not such an optimist … I have... — Updated 9/28/2023


Fake news isn't our problem

Our problem is not that there is too much “fake news.” Our problem is that too many people believe it. Fortunately, there is an “antidope” — epistemology , the theory of knowledge or “how we know what we know.... — Updated 9/28/2023


mRNA vaccines not used in cows

It’s been a pretty nice season to go to the fairs around the region—in most cases not too hot and not too cool. Always nice to be able to connect with both our adult and youth producers. The fairs are certainly an American... — Updated 9/28/2023


Voting Democrat will make things worse

I was born in Spokane and raised on a small ranch west of the city. My parents were lifelong Democrats. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Democrats had a much different party. Let’s look at today. If you vote for Democrats every select... — Updated 9/21/2023


Ag laws show first-world mindset

The phrase “first-world problems” has become a punch line – a throwaway statement because it is uttered by people with plenty of gadgets, a reliable food supply and a secure roof over their heads. It has also dulled our... — Updated 9/21/2023


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