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Passing EP&O levy necessary to providing comprehensive education to students   Editor, As a dedicated member of the Yelm community, I am writing to express my enthusiastic … more
Today marks the 201st birthday of a Canadian woman whose loving selfless acts of service saved many lives throughout the Pacific Northwest. Esther Pariseau was born April 16, 1823, on a farm … more
Residents throughout the Yelm Community Schools (YCS) district will have an important decision to make in the April 23 special election when they vote to approve or reject the educational programs … more
Editor, To the esteemed members of the Yelm community, I address you today not merely as residents who fulfill vital roles in our community — as bankers, accountants, engineers, … more
Editor, As a longtime, proven, loyal advocate and leader in our wonderful community, I encourage all eligible voters to vote yes on our upcoming levy ballots. Our students have been through … more
As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to family tree farmers for assistance. They have been helping for a century, but their efforts go unrecognized. The American Tree Farm … more
Knowing what the Legislature did and didn’t do this year with the six initiatives submitted to it by the people of Washington, I couldn’t help noticing what a big-city newspaper columnist … more
Billy Frank Jr. walked on almost 10 years ago, but one of his most powerful lessons lives on: If we want to recover salmon, we must work together. All of us. The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition … more
I’ve always been a fan of Amy Grant’s music, but I doubt I would have attended her concert last month if not for the movie “I Can Only Imagine.” When I saw an ad about … more
Editor, We need another bridge. When this Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plan is completed, all the traffic will be gridlocked between Roy and Walmart. I drive this … more
In Washington this year, we hope to again escape the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River water system flowed at normal levels in recent years, which is good for … more
The legislative session is over, and it had the potential to be very positive for salmon recovery in Washington state. There was bipartisan support for habitat restoration, with several bills being … more
Editor, As a Yelm Community Schools parent I am urging our community to vote yes for kids in the upcoming levy. Our students are finally recovering from the years of pandemic sacrifices: … more
Editor, Schools do need the funding from the capital gains tax. I disagree with Sen. John Braun’s Feb. 20 commentary titled “Democrats are wrong to use children as defense of … more
Editor, I am appalled at the recent ballots that were received for the primary election. Why do we need to declare on the outside cover whether we are voting Democratic and Republican? Is this … more
Four years ago, I introduced a bill to ban an income tax at any level in our state. It was ignored. Three years ago, Sen. Perry Dozier, the Republican senator who serves Walla Walla County … more
Band-Aid fixes won’t help Washington’s farmers By Pam Lewison Washington Policy Center When a doctor diagnoses cancer, the expectation is a full course of treatment to … more
By Kris Johnson   Recent announcements from U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Derek Kilmer that they will not seek re-election to Congress caught the political world by surprise. … more
The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a … more
In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
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