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 By Pam Roach    Opinion 

What do we have to lose?

We had a great crop of apples this year and more pumpkins than we could give away. Blackberries from the Westside and home canned cherries from early summer and have we got our pies... — Updated 11/30/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/22/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Never forget our veterans

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day... — Updated 11/16/2023

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Winterizing the Cow Herd - Part 2

Editor’s Note: See last week’s newspaper for Part 1 of this series. Feed and Water In winterizing the cow herd, calculation of forage needed to make it through the winter is... — Updated 11/16/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Papers change to winter hours

Like many businesses across Eastern Washington, Free Press Publishing is going to winter hours. Effective Nov. 8, our Whitman County Gazette office will resume Wednesday closures th... — Updated 11/9/2023

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Winterizing the Cow Herd - Part 1

What a year it has been, wet, to drought, a veritable bounty of variety. That’s what living in Eastern Washington is all about. Sometimes it lulls us into a false sense of... — Updated 11/9/2023


Paid leave is too high

What’s the hourly wage of a Paid Family and Medical Leave recipient in Washington state? It’s higher than I’m comfortable with. Lawmakers should explain to all workers why... — Updated 11/2/2023


Could sex offender registry disappear?

Thirty-five attorneys general throughout the nation, including Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have banded together in opposition to a proposal by the American Law Institute that would put an end to sex offender... — Updated 11/2/2023

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Require supermajority for tax hikes

If there’s one thing Americans can still agree on, it’s that tax policy is one of the most consequential decisions our government makes that impacts our economy and family... — Updated 10/26/2023


Road tolls won't solve woes

The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way... — Updated 10/26/2023


COVID layoffs should be rehired

When Gov. Jay Inslee’s misguided vaccine mandate ended in May, his office said there would not be an outreach effort to rehire the more than 2,000 employees lost because of the... — Updated 10/19/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen hubs may help switch

President Joe Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the... — Updated 10/19/2023


Address COVID learning loss

As parents know all too well, many students suffered learning loss when schools were shut down or relied on virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “COVID learning... — Updated 10/12/2023

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Are grizzlies coming your way?

Apex predators have already saturated the landscape in Northeast Washington. Now, the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife and the National Park Service want to add more by... — Updated 10/12/2023


Don't buy new COVID hysteria

Just as memories of COVID lockdowns and mask mandates were fading to the back of our collective minds, the hysteria is returning, and many are wondering how to react. The two new strains responsible for the surge in cases are... — Updated 10/5/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gas attacks stress Americans

Gov. Jay Inslee inappropriately used our state’s building codes to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Now, the Biden Administration is going a step further... — Updated 10/5/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Canceled drilling leases hurts us

While media focus was on Joe Biden's decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Carbon emission permits are a tax

As the cost of the state's climate law continues to increase gas prices, members of the Inslee Administration are upset when the cost of the CO2 allowances are referred to as a "tax... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

First-world mindset shows

The phrase “first-world problems” has become a punch line – a throwaway statement because it is uttered by people with plenty of gadgets, a reliable food supply and a secure r... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

It’s been a pretty nice season to go to the fairs around the region—in most cases not too hot and not too cool. Always nice to be able to connect with both our adult and youth... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Chris Corry    Opinion

WA state scores low on freedom index

Pullman Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories recently published its 2023 Index of Freedom report. The report ranks all 50 states based on government efficiency, regu... — Updated 9/14/2023


Do you really feel safer?

Over the past few years, our state has witnessed a steady rise in several types of crime. This has caused serious harm in many communities on both sides of the state, and many... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Service to America avoids student debt

With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now,... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Mark Mix    Opinion

Workers deserve right to work

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids, consider this: The clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced... — Updated 9/7/2023


'Gag order' issued on gas rates

For several months, drivers and businesses have had to endure the sharp increase in fuel prices since the state’s cap-and-trade program – or “cap-and-tax,” as I like to... — Updated 9/7/2023


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