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 By Lucas M. Walsh    Opinion 

A Perpetual Now

It has been said that fortune favors the bold, or that the world rewards results, and this might be true, however pedestrian it may sound. In my view, this is an example of a truism; a statement or proposition that is self... — Updated 11/23/2022


Abortion stories built on lies

More than ever, our country is suffering due to moral relativism – the idea that truth itself is relative. This leads to situations where, confronted with the same reality, people can’t agree on what the facts are, let alone... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Don't focus on carbon

Forest health, climate change, and a plan that got almost no input before being announced is at the heart of the “carbon project” announced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources last week. The project,... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Lucas M. Walsh    Opinion

To Covet the Past: A Post-Election Epistle to the Contemplative

“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest – forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged... — Updated 11/17/2022


Letters to the Editor

Give President Joe Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone, including the media, predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Lucas M. Walsh    Opinion

On The Moral Advantages of a Free Press Being Necessary For the Survival of a Free People

It it not enough for a mode of disseminating information to be free from governmental oversight, or to be nearly completely unfettered by law; it must be inspired, if not wholly instructed by and reliant upon individuals of some... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Remember veterans with more than flag-lowering

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty.... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Crimes increase while student learning decreases

It’s no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of law-enforcement officers in many communities. While... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Recycling lithium batteries must accelerate

By Don Brunell Contributor Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which... — Updated 11/3/2022


Free transportation isn't discrimination

State senator, Mark Schoesler, misses the mark again when he complains about the supposed tax and services imbalance between the two different sides of Washington. He calls free public transportation for westside children discrimin... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Wayne Gebhardt    Opinion

Letter to the Editor

CHENEY - An opinion piece was recently printed on these pages titled “Democracy is on the ballot this November”. I find it interesting that Patty Murray, her fellow Democrats, and her supporters continue to claim that... — Updated 10/27/2022


Letter to the Editor

Bonnie Mager CHENEY - Al French and I go back about 25 years to our days with the neighborhoods so I have had many years to watch his chameleon like transformation from neighborhood activist turned “developers best friend” once... — Updated 10/27/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recovery hinges on return to work

To “Build Back America” key workers must return to jobsites. It is not good enough for President Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers c... — Updated 10/27/2022


New payroll tax in July 2023

A window to apply for an exemption from a payroll tax that begins in July 2023 is still open, but it will only be open for about two more months. It closes Dec. 31. If you’re one of the people who has private long-term-care... — Updated 10/27/2022


Too many predators, not enough prey

We have a predator problem. And hunters are noting that it gets worse with each passing year. In the state Department of Fish and Wildife’s District No. 1 – the northeast corner of the state comprising GMUs 101, 105, 108, 111,... — Updated 10/20/2022


Democracy is on the ballot in November

Finally, Republicans have settled on an issue besides inflation, opposing abortion, contraception, fair elections, CRT, and books on gender. That is to attack President Biden. Two recent Letters to the Editor in local newspapers ar... — Updated 10/20/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Inslee trading money for booster shots

I recently commented on negotiations between Gov. Jay Inslee and unions on the upcoming contracts for state employees. As I said before, while I don’t fault the proposed salary increases for state workers under the reported deal... — Updated 10/13/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Wolf hunting season may solve issue

As clashes between wolves and cattle continue this fall, the discovery of six poisoned wolves in Stevens County and the hearing of arguments that could end grazing in the Colville National Forest by the 9th Circuit Court of... — Updated 10/13/2022


Smiley the best Senate choice

For Washington residents, the decision on who to vote for in the race for U.S. Senate should be a no-brainer in the Nov. 8 general election. The fact that incumbent Patty Murray, a westside Democrat, doesn’t want to debate... — Updated 10/13/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Firewood is new European gold

With Russian President Vladimur Putin cutting off natural gas supplies, Northern Europeans are scrambling and reverting to firewood to heat their homes, boil water and cook. It is... — Updated 10/6/2022


Letter to the Editor

Good to see marching band success After years of apple pie fundraisers, clothing drives, local grants and a COVID-delayed auction, the Cheney High School marching band, under the leadership of Director Josh Wisswell, has secured a... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Garbage Important Energy Source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Herculean Effort Needed to Free Seattle of Drugs and Crime

Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Lower tuition instead of "forgiving" loans

As the senator representing Washington State University-Pullman, tuition costs have always been of particular interest to me. The Biden Administration’s controversial plan to “forgive” hundreds of billions of dollars in... — Updated 9/15/2022


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