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As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former … more
This year’s legislative session is already more than two weeks along, and leading Democrats in our state have yet to publicly express any interest in solving the learning loss in our … more
One of the federal government’s primary roles as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is national security, establishing and maintaining a military, so it stands to reason our leaders would do … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January.  Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
Yelm Community Schools is a unique title for districts across the state of Washington. We are the only district that formally acknowledges that it takes the entire community to operate quality … more
The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying rates for the last year, … more
Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool the mammoth … more
Looking ahead to 2023, one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to an “all of the above” strategy that expands our energy options rather than further restricting … more
Nearly a year ago, I wrote a commentary about the importance of holding on and supporting one another as we were in the midst of the winter omicron surge, pointing out the grit and determination by … more
I think most people think of Thanksgiving as the holiday for gratitude but, for me, Thanksgiving is just the start of a season of reflection and gratitude. The settling in of winter is a time for … more
Tribes have traveled a long road and back again to improve water quality standards and protect the health of everyone who eats salmon and shellfish in the state of Washington. In November, the … more
Next month, the U.S. Postal Service will be busier than usual. Not because of late Christmas cards or thank-you letters, but because of the extra Form 1099-Ks the IRS will be mailing out. Under … more
A 2023 pre-filed bipartisan Senate bill is proposing common-sense reforms that would remove an illogical inconsistency in Washington’s current emergency powers law and provide meaningful … more
The holiday season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More than 2.5 … more
The $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports. It is putting pressure on the Pacific Ocean-based terminals to be more competitive. The … more
Washington is fortunate to be a state filled with strong, resilient, and innovative employers. We were reminded of that last month during the annual Association of Washington Business (AWB) awards … more
I read about a discovery in Antarctica of a 100-year-old fruitcake, found in a hut on Cape Adare, and it was still good.  It was wrapped in paper in the remains of a tin and was in … more
Each week I am asked to comment on our recovery from multiple years of pandemic impacts on students.  Overall, I continue to see growth and recovery across most populations of … more
My grandma on my mother’s side, who lived from 1914 to 1990, and my grandma’s brother, Orlin, who lived from 1912 to 1987, grew up in Kansas during the 1920s. Kansas during the child … more
In a recent opinion piece in the Seattle Times, former State Senator and current Washington State Director of Commerce, Lisa Brown, rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces … more
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