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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Looking for a few correspondents

Over the last several decades, many journalists saw hometown community columns as quaint links to how newspapers once operated. But with few journalists left in the Pacific... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Bargaining talks demand transparency

There’s a big mystery unfolding in Olympia, but it’s one as predictable as the sunrise. Right now, behind closed doors, the governor and powerful state employee unions are secretly negotiating a pay and compensation budget for... — Updated 8/4/2022


Washington's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Organizing leads to history lesson

Thursdays in the summer are often a slower day in the office. The paper has already printed, local folks are getting ready for a long weekend in the sun at Lake Roosevelt and... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors.... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Enjoy a ride through the Palouse

The back roads of the Palouse are beautiful this time of year. But there’s a lot more to see if you traverse them on a motorcycle. Last week, after looking at the cost of gas and... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State union negotiations should be public

Did you know the governor’s office is currently negotiating pay and compensation with state employee unions for the state’s 2023-25 budget? What is on the table? Will the... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Greenies attacking Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

For the people living in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the Snake River, Gov. Jay Inslee’s report on destroying four dams tries to offer some solace. After a “thorough review of... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Supreme court takes on agency 'law-making'

“But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in... — Updated 7/14/2022


What's the difference?

In 1974, most congressional Republicans were patriots, forcing then-President Richard Nixon to resign when he tried to overthrow our democracy. Alarmingly, most current congressional Republicans are unpatriotic cowards, caving to f... — Updated 7/11/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Fourth of July cookouts are a costly proposition

This past Monday was the annual celebration of freedom from the tyranny of an absentee monarchy. In 2021, the White House tweeted that a Fourth of July cookout would cost Americans $0.16 less than in 2020 and touted it as a... — Updated 7/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Squatchin' in Metaline Falls

Like the old Olympia beer commercials used to say, “I seen ‘em.” No, I’m not talking about “them there artesians” brewing beer in Washington state. I’m talking about... — Updated 7/7/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

'It is absolutely unconscionable not to do this'

Governor Inslee has repeatedly made it clear that he believes his spending priorities exceed any need to provide tax relief to help families deal with the impact of record... — Updated 6/30/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drones can help scorched forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to... — Updated 6/30/2022

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

When you request forage quality analysis from a laboratory, do all methods of analysis provide the same results? Feed/forage analysis is an important part of developing feeding strategies for beef cattle. Knowing the composition... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Who will defend the Washington taxpayers?

The message from voters was crystal clear, but elected officials apparently don’t want to hear it. In 2019, nearly 80% of voters in the city of Spokane approved an amendment to the city charter – in essence, a local... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Introducing candidate profiles

DAVENPORT—A quick look through this week’s issue of The Record-Times indicates one fact quite clearly: it is election season. Stories about interim sheriffs, candidate forums... — Updated 6/13/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

A success story from Lincoln County

In 2016, Lincoln County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to require transparency for all the county’s collective bargaining talks. According to the resolution:... — Updated 6/2/2022 Full story

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Capital gains supporters set up surveillance

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Timber milling can foot bill to reduce wildfire

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/12/2022


Letter to the Editor

If I could, I would say, “Mr. Biden, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL of misconception/ignorance/incompetence.” What do you know… I got a short message to the White House (202-456-1414). Only had to wait eight minutes. The staff was quite... — Updated 5/12/2022


Letters to the editor

I see that we are selecting a new Lincoln County sheriff this next election cycle. I question why is this a partisan race? Why are electing a sheriff who is a Democrat or a Republican? When my son was growing up he noticed the... — Updated 5/6/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated wood can reduce wildfire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Plastic bag ban is only a scam on shoppers

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in... — Updated 5/5/2022


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