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 By Roger Stark    Opinion 

Managed healthcare does not provide better clinical outcomes

It is often argued that managed health care can provide better clinical outcomes while holding down health care costs. Over the years, managed care has taken on many different names including health maintenance organizations,... — Updated 10/25/2021

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Holidays highlight food needs for all

Food security is often thought of as a national topic, but food security starts locally. Washington state is part of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has dubbed the “Fruitful Rim.” Yet, we are also home to numerous... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

American economics work better when consumers decide winners

Poland and America are like two trains passing each other in opposite directions. That is becoming increasingly clear as President Biden rolls out his progressive agenda. The key question looking forward: “Will government or cons... — Updated 10/7/2021

 
 By Sara Higgins    Opinion

Infrastructure, jobs act good for agriculture

For the entire year, the Columbia Basin Development League has been pushing to ensure the White House infrastructure plan would include water infrastructure for agriculture. Drinking water infrastructure was a given, but funding... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Adding more regulations further burdens Washington farmers

There is an old humorous saying that goes something like, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The expression certainly still applies to urban... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

The impact of September 11 on America

Sept. 11, 2001 – a day that no American who lived to see will ever forget. I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it's a question every American has an answer to-a moment engrav... — Updated 9/10/2021

 

Coronavirus vaccinations showing health, employment improvements

It is not surprising that COVID-19, which ravaged the world, was disastrous for our country’s economy. Millions died from COVID complications; offices, stores and factories closed; and people were forced to quarantine at home.... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Hydrogen model could work in-state

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. Postponing the games cost Japan billions and... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Rep. Tom Dent    Opinion

Governor's latest announcement on vaccinations

On Monday, the governor announced COVID vaccine mandates for most state employees and health care workers or they could lose their jobs. While employees will be able to apply for... — Updated 8/24/2021

 

The TRIPS waiver would give away patent and copyright protection

Liberals in Congress are actively campaigning to force price controls on drug manufacturers. The House has already passed bills that would limit the amount of money pharmaceutical... — Updated 8/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Clearing fuels from forests needed

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges, and... — Updated 8/12/2021

 

Workers' pay to fund care program

There was some good news recently coming out of a meeting concerning a 2019 law creating a state-run, long-term-care program to be funded through workers’ paychecks starting in January. In case you’re not in the loop, a... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Parents voice opposition to CRT taught in schools

Last week, the largest teacher’s union in the country announced that it will conduct opposition research with regard to the growing grassroots campaign to stop Critical Race Theory from being forced on schoolchildren. This very... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

Fight critical race theory in schools

Last month, South Kitsap School Board member John Berg introduced a resolution to prohibit classroom teaching of theories that promote racial hatred. For that he was called a nut. District officials said they won’t be teaching... — Updated 7/15/2021

 

Why is college debt so high?

A friend of mine, let’s call her Mary, began college at the University of Washington in 1967 and graduated with an undergraduate degree in 1971. According to the university’s re... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

Discussing the upcoming congressional vote on the INVEST in America Act

Congress will soon have an opportunity to vote on the INVEST in America Act, a $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, led by Oregon Congressman Peter... — Updated 7/1/2021

 

Thank goodness for access to remote testimony during legislative session

Washington Policy Center and the League of Women Voters of Washington want to thank the Washington State House and Senate’s bipartisan leadership for the remote testimony processes they established in the challenging legislative... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Snake River chinook returns increase 27%

Contrary to recent claims that Snake River Spring Chinook runs are on the path to extinction, returns increased for the second year in a row, continuing the recovery from the... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Water has a greenhouse gas problem

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/15/2021

 

Care program funded by a new payroll tax on workers

“Stay tuned” was one of the biggest takeaways from a meeting last week where members of a state commission discussed the status of a new, long-term-care entitlement program run by the state and funded by a new payroll tax on... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Land is the wild card in Biden's green gamble

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL—-100 percent—-renewable electricity by 2035—-15 short years... — Updated 6/10/2021

 

L&I's virus passport rules overreach

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late last Friday, May 21st, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing relaxation of social distancing and mask... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment insurance (FUTA) intended as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By James Pooley    Opinion

Intellectual property rights helped America fight Covid-19

When COVID-19 came ashore, glaring gaps in the government's pandemic preparedness became painfully obvious. Everything from inadequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment to confusing and uncoordinated guidance regarding... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Greg James    Opinion

Pragmatic approach to prostitution

In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had — they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana... — Updated 4/29/2021

 

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