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Ukraine officially broke from the United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) in 1991 and became an independent nation. The Ukrainian nation has existed independently since that time. Russia, many … more
In the normal course of events, Washington lawmakers use a short legislative session to make small mid-term adjustments to the state’s current two-year budget or to tackle any pressing policy … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of coffee. … more
Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and … more
Last week, Washington’s mask mandate came to an end. The week also marked two years since the global COVID-19 pandemic really hit home. It’s a good time to examine what the heck just … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
Our COVID-19 case rates have been steadily declining and there are a lot of changes headed our way. We are continuing to see a decrease in transmission rates in Thurston County. Today our 14-day … more
If you’ve lived in Western Washington for any length of time, I think I’m safe in saying that this is a time of frustration for you. We’ve had snatches and pieces of just enough … more
It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his or her game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his or her country. However, that is exactly what world … more
Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering a ban on timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the board must ensure its healthy forest policies … more
The mountain of money keeps getting bigger. In mid-February, state officials released the latest economic forecast, and it showed revenue up again, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion. … more
Every public opinion survey taken lately shows that a majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. We are frustrated with COVID-19 and the government’s response, … more
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next month on March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said salmon are the measuring stick of our survival. He was referring to all of us. Salmon are the keystone that supports dozens of other species of fish and … more
An unfortunate theme developed in Olympia over the past decade. The theme is “we know better than you.” The theme presented itself recently in a marathon floor session in the state House … more
How about some good news as we continue to climb out of the darkest time of the year? We’ll start with the story of a crossing guard in Maryland. Cpl. Annette Goodyear was working her … more
For decades, there were higher-wage jobs in the trades that would take adults and recent high school grads without training. The “back in my day” crowd likes to tell of mill jobs that … more
Finally, we are seeing COVID-19 cases fall after the omicron surge, however our COVID-19 transmission rates still remain high. I wanted to share with you some of the recent guidance changes and the … more
We’ve surrendered way too much power over our lives to politicians, and it’s pretty clear they really don’t have our best interest most of the time. In the case of COVID-19, our … more
When the Legislature convened the 2022 session last month, lawmakers made long-term care their first order of business. It’s probably not a topic you thought about much until recently, but news … more
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