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 By SHELLY SHORT    Opinion

Tremendous losses trivialized as Inslee spikes COVID football

Over the last 16 months, each one of us has suffered through endless chaos and uncertainty of COVID-19 and the seemingly endless monarchical restrictions affecting every facet of our lives. We’ve all borne witness personally in... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Columbia River Treaty needs renegotiating

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

How to avoid a looming homelessness crisis

Homelessness is a growing problem in virtually every state. Nowhere is it more pressing than in California, which in the past three years spent more than $13 billion, roughly $30,000 annually for each homeless person, to address... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Our birthday card for celebrating independence

If you’re trying to beat the excessive heat by staying indoors this Fourth of July weekend and you run out of things to do, let me offer a suggestion. Read the Declaration of Independence. At 1,338 words it’s actually a short... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By KIP EIDEBERG    Opinion

Biden's plan helps America compete in a digital world

Even as Democrats and Republicans continue their negotiations, there is one aspect of infrastructure that still continues to enjoy broad support — and it also happens to be the most important part of the plan: billions of... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Family tree farms key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By RODNEY EMERY    Opinion

A full plate of issues for the new U.S. trade czar

The newly confirmed U.S. trade representative, Katherine Tai, is about as qualified as a person can be for the job. Which is a good thing, because she already faces a series of challenges. They aren’t necessarily the trade... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

Combating violence with violence is not the answer

Where did the main stream media report the major atrocities taking place in Israel and occupied Gaza? Of course, we heard about the bombing and destruction of the building housing Associated Press and Al-Jazeera and numbers killed,... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 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 6/18/2021

 
 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

 
 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

 

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