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 By Mike Padden    Opinion 

Access to democracy in 2021 Washington legislative session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

Letters to the editor-- Jan. 21 issue

School Board Recognition By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

Political Cartoon

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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

'Work from home' to continue post-pandemic

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Mike Padden    Opinion 

Access to democracy in the 2021 session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Wildfires were the 'big polluters' of 2020

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Marge Womach    Opinion

Looking back in the town of Harrington

The Sept. 21, 2017, Davenport Times had a headline that read: “Harrington’s 2017 Honored Citizen — Scott McGowan: If you need help, this is who you call.” In this story, the Harrington Lions Club honored McGowan with the... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Lise Ott    Opinion

The Local: Finally, 2020 is over

Finally! The last week of 2020. I’ve been looking forward to the end of this year almost from the beginning. I know it’s completely unrealistic, and probably tempting fate, but... — Updated 1/20/2021

 

"The local" for community happenings

Remember when the local newspaper was the “go-to” place for information about social gatherings, upcoming events and much, much more? When I was growing up in Bickleton, which didn’t have its own paper, there were ordinary... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Protestors rally in Olympia, public access restricted

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Proposed B & O tax increase will reduce farm incomes

Key findings include: 1. Farmers and ranchers have been negatively affected by the lockdowns, despite being deemed essential services. Median farm households in Washington lost $821 in 2019. 2. Washington farms generate $10.2... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bracing for bigger changes

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Greetings from the new(ish) guy

Hello readers of The Times. You may know me as Drew, the scrawny, 14-year-old-looking reporter who has been covering Reardan news and education, Lincoln County preps sports and... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Restoring trust in state government in 2021

It has been 286 days since Governor Inslee first declared a statewide emergency relating to COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has continued to extend emergency declarations... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Inslee's proposal is an income tax

Despite the budget being balanced, billions in reserve, and projected revenue growth of 7.2%, Gov. Jay Inslee is yet again proposing an income tax on capital gains in his new... — Updated 12/31/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Wildfires were the 'big polluters' of 2020

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be... — Updated 12/31/2020

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas

As we enter the 10th month of the COVID-19 crisis, I find myself looking forward to this Christmas season. Festivities and celebrations will undoubtedly look different, and some... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Despite COVID, wreaths placed across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020. Even... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Call it Prohibition 2.0

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919,... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By Tom Dent    Opinion

Are we making the cure worse than the disease?

On Feb. 29, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. With this unknown and highly contagious virus, most folks agreed with his precauti... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Finding new Christmas traditions

In my family, tradition is king when it comes to Christmas. Whether it's eating donuts and drinking hot chocolate (or "special" hot chocolate, when you turn 21) while decorating the... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By Gabe Gants    Opinion

What's in a name anyway?

Names come in all shapes and sizes. Some people are named after ancestors who came before them, a special friend, or sometimes after a random item like a tree. They can be spelled in a traditional way or have various letters added... — Updated 12/17/2020

 

Is 'unnecessary care' really driving up healthcare costs?

Regardless of a person's political views, we can all agree that rising cost is a major problem with our health-care system. Last year, Americans spent 18 percent of our economy, or... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

“One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is dealing with the progress of the 20th Century – especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Could Zoom mean a Legislature that listens

There’s no other way to say it, 2020, has been just an awful year. It is difficult to believe anything good can come from this mess but I’m really excited to see that one silver... — Updated 12/4/2020

 

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