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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Forest bill offers welcome change

Funny how it took a move into the country before a Democrat would support efforts to clean up our forests. Last week, Senate Bill 6121 passed the Senate unanimously. The bill sponso... — Updated 2/22/2024

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Looking a lot like Christmas

The Christmas tree is decorated. The gifts are wrapped. There may not be snow outside, yet, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And I, for one, am looking forward to... — Updated 12/21/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

GAO: Bad water is the problem

Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk routinely blame Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite... — Updated 11/22/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Fireworks law needs update

Like most Americans, I enjoy watching – and lighting – fireworks on Independence Day. America’s “birthday” should stand out among all national holidays. And the colorful,... — Updated 7/27/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Fuel prices are unacceptable

A short three years ago, motorists in Eastern Washington could buy regular unleaded gasoline for as little as $1.97 per gallon in several areas – George, Pasco, Quincy, to name a... — Updated 6/29/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Spend time with dad Saturday

From cars to bigfoot to high-speed sprint boats, you don’t have to look very far to find something to do this weekend. But dad won’t care if you take him somewhere or just... — Updated 6/15/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

House Bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Take time to learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some divisive. In place of his name being associated... — Updated 9/1/2022

 
 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 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 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

 
 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 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 Roger Harnack    Opinion

Palouse Falls trails should remain open

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it... — Updated 2/10/2022

 

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