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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Ignoring debt is not an option

Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later!” The message: if you change your car’s oil... — Updated 12/2/2021

 
 By Elizabeth Hovde    Opinion 

State is painting lipstick on long-term-care law

The more people hear about Washington’s coming long-term-care law and payroll tax, the less people like it — and for good reason. A class-action lawsuit has been filed against it, an initiative is being pursued, and Idaho sent... — Updated 12/2/2021

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: Each Thanksgiving it is important to pause and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Especially over the last nearly two years of COVID, we at the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Health Partnership a... — Updated 11/26/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. Across the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

By George, McGovern was right

Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State Supreme Court rules Governor issued illegal vetoes

In a 7-2 ruling this morning, the State Supreme Court said the partial vetoes the Governor made in the 2019 transportation budget were unconstitutional. When issuing those vetoes... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Oil and water really can mix

There’s an old saying that oil and water don’t mix. That may be true, but apparently they coexist quite well. Traveling through Sweetwater in west Texas, you see an interesting... — Updated 11/17/2021

 

Letter to the Editor

Return to a rational normal Everyone contact elected representatives (about mandates, masks, vaccines, education, big spending). We must return to normal. Wake up! Too many politicians, appointed officials, news media and some of... — Updated 11/11/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Honoring our fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-staff

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed... — Updated 11/11/2021

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Gov. Inslee targets dams

It’s no secret that Gov. Jay Inslee wants the removal of the four federal dams on the lower Snake River between Clarkston and the Tri-Cities. Back in December 2018, his proposed 2019-21 operating budget included $750,000 for a st... — Updated 11/4/2021

 

Letters to the Editor

Regarding lawsuit claiming Johnston is negligent I was gobsmacked when I read a newspaper article that reported that a lawsuit has been filed against Lincoln County based on election supervision duties performed by former Auditor... — Updated 11/4/2021

 

Letters to the Editor

 — Updated 10/28/2021

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinion

High income earners pay "fair share"

The Biden Administration’s massive welfare give away, “Build Back Better,” is currently being negotiated in Congress. One of the original funding mechanisms was raising taxes on the rich to the point where they pay their... — Updated 10/28/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Salted wound of medical freedom

Medical freedom is more than women deciding if they are going to abort a pregnancy. It is a person’s decision if they want to waive resuscitation. It’s ending untreatable painful suffering. It’s choosing to take a riskier hea... — Updated 10/25/2021

 
 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 Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 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

 
 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

Disappointing playoff decision made regarding 2B playoffs

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these... — Updated 10/7/2021

 

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 Drew Lawson    Opinion

Times editor speaks at Davenport Lions Club meeting

Earlier in September, Davenport Lions Club secretary Jim Reinbold extended an invitation to have me come speak and answer questions about my experience as editor of The Times thus f... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 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

 

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