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Dear Thurston County voters, We have a great opportunity for positive change with this election. You’ve probably seen headlines about chronic mismanagement at the Port of Olympia. As a … more
President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific Northwest and … more
The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way on I-405. The … more
It’s a very interesting and important off-year election with the expansion of the Board of County Commissioners and the port commission. There is a tax proposal to bolster law enforcement also … more
Emily Clouse is a competent, caring, hard-working alternative to anti-government, unaffiliated candidate Terry S. Ballard. Terry Ballard is a destroyer who wants to tear down the county … more
After decades of work and millions of dollars of restoration work, one of our region’s threatened salmon runs is showing encouraging signs of recovery — summer chum that return to the … more
Recently, at the Washington Policy Center’s Gala Awards Dinner, one of the nearly 1,000 attendees approached me and asked, “Liv, just what is school choice? Won’t it hurt public … more
Vote Jasmine Vasavada for Port of Olympia District 1 to bring leadership that will stand up for our local community and small business. Port commissions have historically been the old boys club where … more
The Nisqually Valley News ran an article in March of this year that covered a loss to Roy of $40,000, an overpayment in salary to the Roy treasurer, as well as other discrepancies. While it was … more
The citizens of Yelm have an opportunity to hold on to an amazing City Council member. Let’s not pass this one up. A compassionate and capable young woman, Ashley Lea Brooks is running to … more
On July 26, 1945, after news spread across the island of Tinian in the Marianas, Navy Seabee Clarence Piper joined others to see the USS Indianapolis, a nearly 600-foot-long Portland-class heavy … more
When Japanese bombers attacked U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Clarence Piper was a high school sophomore visiting his uncle in the hills of Oregon and read about the attack in the … more
While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the bigger … more
“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack.” — Freedom to Read If you have never read the American Library Association’s Freedom … more
I am an optimist. I know this about myself. I always try to look at a situation from a “glass half full” perspective. I try to find the middle ground in most issues I write about. … more
As the world becomes increasingly dynamic and interconnected, the importance of making informed decisions about education, training and employment has never been more evident. Yelm Community Schools … more
There is an axiom: Don’t let “the perfect” get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to … more
By Liv Finne Washington Policy Center Earlier this year Senator John Braun (R-Centralia) introduced SB 5248 to provide funding for individual tutoring to help students recover from the … more
This letter is regarding the search warrant that was just executed on Green Hill School by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET). Green Hill School is the state of Washington’s long-term … more
Our shared natural resources are our shared responsibility. Following federal Judge Edward Rafeedie’s 1994 ruling in U.S. v. Washington, state and tribal co-managers have a legal … more
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