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 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

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

World's Fair highlighted electric vehicles

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, t... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Washington refuses tax cuts for for families

Most politicians could only dream of a scenario in which a flood of extra tax revenues suddenly lets them cut taxes in an election year. But clearly Washington state leaders think differently. While other states move to cut taxes... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

War in Ukraine needs flower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Legal challenge filed for proposed ballot measure

As expected, the I-1929 (capital gains tax repeal) campaign officially filed a legal challenge to the attorney general’s ballot title and summary for the proposed ballot measure.... — Updated 4/14/2022


Letter to the Editor

I was recently horrified by the guest editorial of Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner, who ranted with typical Republican party hysteria against the very minor arms control legislation proposed by the Washington Legislature.... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Dale Magart    Opinion

NE Washington white tail in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington. The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and 2020 set record lows and the blue tongue outbreak... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Price of gas fuels work from safety of home

With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially... — Updated 3/31/2022


Letters to the Editor

Joy at last Listening to the news every day is a downer for the most part. All the bad events that are happening in the nation and the world line up on your radio or television stations, and online feeds. What a breath of fresh... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Racism perpetuated by policy in schools

The cult of social justice is perpetuating racism in the Clover Park School District with a new student discipline policy requiring staff to consider a student’s race and background before determining their punishment. Instead of... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

LNG can replace more Russian gas

There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Too many urban lawmakers have no respect for WA farmers. They proved it this session

About six weeks ago, I had a “cardiac episode.” As I laid in the emergency room, thinking about my to-do list and wondering what I could do for the people who were contacting me regularly asking for help with policies in Olympi... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By Rob Coffman    Opinion

When is enough, enough?

When is enough, enough? In the United States, a law is presumed to be constitutional until proven otherwise in court. This process can take years, and a lot of money, to wade... — Updated 3/18/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Lawmakers kill emergency powers reform

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but year three of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue just as the last two years have – without meaningful... — Updated 3/17/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Wilson trade signals end of an era

“Bye Bye Russ.” That was the text buzzing through my phone from a friend that alerted me to the unthinkable news Seattle Seahawks fans have been secretly dreading but fighting... — Updated 3/10/2022


Letter to the Editor

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 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

 By David Haugen    Opinion

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


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


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