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 By Tim Eyman    Opinion 

Eyman vows to appeal First Amendment restrictions

In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we’ve qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the government’s... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs include the impact of breaching dams in his... — Updated 2/25/2021

 

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 By Judy Warnick    Opinion

Helping rural communities access affordable housing investments

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. There have been some challenges conducting business as usual for the Legislature during this unusual time... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Regionalization doesn't work

Have you bought into Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest coronavirus recovery scheme, his “Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Let's fix unemployment-insurance problems first creating new ones

The meltdown at the state Department of Employment Security ought to teach us a lesson. It's easy for government to create problems, not so easy for the Legislature to come back in... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Rob Coffman    Opinion

So where is the vaccine?

Interesting fact: In the last Legislative Session, a bill was passed creating the “Washington State Office of Equity Task Force.” This task force was given the responsibility... — Updated 2/11/2021

 

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 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

One person's feelings might get people arrested

A new proposed law smells like tyranny. House Bill 1283 would make it illegal for three people or more to open-carry firearms if someone else “feels threatened.” It would be a gross misdemeanor. If a person in “any way... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Sharon Brown    Opinion

Empowering youth to speak up can save lives

For a young man, Conner Mertens has had quite an impactful life. Most people know Conner as the brave, vocal activist who made headlines by being the first openly LGBTQ... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By The Record    Opinion

Ballots arrive for school, hospital levies

The Record supports the passage of all three levies, two proposed by the Odessa School District and one by Lincoln County Hospital District #1 (which is the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center). Voters in the Odessa area have... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Whitman statues should remain in Capitol building, part of history

The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington — indeed all of Washington and Oregon history — is under fire again in Olympia. I’m talking about an effort this year... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Jim Reinbold    Opinion

Lions Club happenings in COVID restricted environment

DAVENPORT – Your Lions Club has been as active as possible in these restricted times through virtual means, social media activities or small group meetings within the restrictions. We were unable to have our major fundraiser, Tur... — Updated 1/28/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

U-Haul's yearly move-out report shows surge leaving the state

British historian Thomas Macaulay famously said, "The best government is one that desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy." That standard is clearly not... — Updated 1/28/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

U-Haul's yearly move-out report shows a surge leaving Washington state

British historian Thomas Macaulay famously said, “The best government is one that desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.” That standard is clearly... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Mike Padden    Opinion

Access to democracy in 2021 Washington legislative session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

Letters to the editor-- Jan. 21 issue

School Board Recognition By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

'Work from home' to continue post-pandemic

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Mike Padden    Opinion

Access to democracy in the 2021 session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Protestors rally in Olympia, public access restricted

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Proposed B & O tax increase will reduce farm incomes

Key findings include: 1. Farmers and ranchers have been negatively affected by the lockdowns, despite being deemed essential services. Median farm households in Washington lost $821 in 2019. 2. Washington farms generate $10.2... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bracing for bigger changes

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Restoring trust in state government in 2021

It has been 286 days since Governor Inslee first declared a statewide emergency relating to COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has continued to extend emergency declarations... — Updated 1/14/2021

 

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