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End of mandate means less focus on masks

I am so glad that the state mask mandate will be lifted soon. No, I am not against masks. I am actually very grateful for the caution and care our state and in turn Cheney School District has exercised during COVID. I am glad it... — Updated 3/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to rethink forest management strategies

Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering banning timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the Board must insure its healthy forest... — Updated 3/3/2022

 

Politicians should be dependent on the people

Freedom requires the politicians “to be dependent on the people alone,” (Federalist Paper No. 52, ¶2). When politicians are dependent on political parties, which are controlled by “a handful of tyrannical nobles,... — Updated 3/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ireland: Clean, greener and reopening

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

Letter to the Editor

I am so glad that the Washington State mask mandate will be lifted soon. No, I am not against masks. I am actually very grateful for the caution and care our state and in turn Cheney School District has exercised during COVID. I... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

There is no room for coronavirus rebels

“Wear masks!” “Social distance!” “Wash hands!” “Do not gather!” “Don’t be a danger!” “Quarantine!” “Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!” “Follow the science!” “Listen; do not speak!” “Stay in... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Skiff    Opinion

Accomplices

February 17, 2022... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Broaden Snake River salmon review

Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October, they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four... — Updated 2/17/2022

 

We need more nurses not more regulations

At a recent press conference, Gov. Jay Inslee was asked several questions about the state’s nursing shortage, a problem that existed long before the COVID-19 era. Reporters were stabbing around at various solutions being... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drop Assault on Natural Gas

Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Palouse Falls trails should remain open

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it b... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Broaden Scope of Snake River Salmon Review

Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October, they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four... — Updated 2/3/2022

 

Worst bill of the week

Last week, I wrote that two bills addressing the state’s flawed and controversial long-term care program (nicknamed the “short-term care program”) and the costly payroll tax (dubbed the “long-term tax”) funding it had... — Updated 2/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to Replace State's Long Term Care Law

The first order of business when Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and... — Updated 1/24/2022

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Keep our legislative sessions open

My first session was way back in 1993, and as a freshman state representative, I was very humbled and excited about being elected to serve the people of the 9th District in the House. Now, almost 30 years later, I’m still... — Updated 1/13/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Hydroelectric storage yields benefits

Increasing river flows to wash young salmon to sea works; however, once water goes down stream, it is gone. What if we could recycle it in key parts of the Columbia River system... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

Looking beneath the labels

What’s in a word? Think tanks have been very successful in directing our thoughts to the way they want us to act. Lakoff’s book, Don’t Think of an Elephant, suggests that the words we use have consequences. Words often... — Updated 1/6/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

No shortage of press problems

The last year ended with a bang. Well, more accurately, 2021 ended in smoke, at least here at the newspaper. That smoke came from the meltdown of our labeling system. And as a... — Updated 1/6/2022

 
 By Lance Izumi    Opinion

Homeschooling will boom long after COVID-19

Public school student enrollment has nosedived as parental disgust with school COVID-19 policies, student learning losses and controversial curricula has gone through the roof. In the wake of this enrollment implosion,... — Updated 12/30/2021

 

Washington needs a competitive energy market

Washington motorists have choices when it comes to fueling their vehicles, thanks to the free market – but the benefits of competition, beginning with cost and quality, aren’t consistently available throughout our state’s ene... — Updated 12/30/2021

 

Parents shouldn't indoctrinate children

As a university math teacher, then K-12 mentor in afterschool programs for 22 years in retirement, I can assure you that most white students in our country experience more psychological stress and anxiety when learning math than... — Updated 12/30/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Grinch has slipped into schools

Merry Christmas! There. I said it. Not happy holidays, but Merry Christmas. It’s Christmas time here and around the world. Throughout our region, families are shopping for... — Updated 12/23/2021

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion

End teacher union power to improve education

Earlier this year, state legislative leaders said they wanted to reduce institutional racism in the public schools by enacting Senate Bill 5044 and similar bills to require that school and university employees attend mandatory... — Updated 12/23/2021

 

Gov. Inslee should offer tax relief

With Christmas coming up, I’ve been out shopping for gifts for family members. During these busy times, I’m sure all of you have noticed (like I have) that many items in stores – especially groceries – have increased quite... — Updated 12/23/2021

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Plan fails to provide climate benefits

This morning, Gov. Jay Inslee announced his latest climate proposals for the 2022 legislative session. Despite proposing hundreds of millions of dollars in additional spending, none of the governor’s proposals today will reduce... — Updated 12/16/2021

 

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