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On 10 occasions, Washington state residents have voted down proposals to create income taxes in Washington state and, until Friday, the state constitution was always interpreted to prohibit the … more
Salmon are a keystone species in the Pacific Northwest — a central part of the food chain and our way of life. Throughout the region, salmon runs are imperiled by the cumulative effects of … more
If ever there was a time for building up Washington’s rainy-day reserves, this is it. Warning signs continue to flash on an economy that has endured unprecedented stress during the last … more
Washington is unlike any other state when it comes to the number of homeless residents. Not in a good way. In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its Annual … more
I’m going to start this “turn off your phones” column with a call to first spend 80 minutes watching your screen. A movie called “Childhood 2.0” is definitely worth … more
Do you like the show “Yellowstone” or its spinoffs, “1883” and “1923?”   If you have not seen them, you should give them a try. Western TV shows and … more
The no-new-taxes operating-budget proposal introduced in the Senate this session is a welcome turnaround. To be clear, there is no more need for new taxes this year than there was in either 2019 … more
In the race to “electrify everything,” there are glitches which may derail the plan over the next 20 years.   One is a shortage of skilled electrical workers needed to rewire homes, … more
“It’s much more agreeable to offend and later ask for forgiveness than to be offended and grant forgiveness,” Friedrich Nietzsche once said. I would agree, wouldn’t you? … more
After trying for more than a dozen years to impose a carbon tax in our state, legislative Democrats succeeded in 2021. That’s the now-infamous session which also gave our state a new income … more
Earlier this month when President Joe Biden fastened the Congressional Medal of Honor around retired U.S. Army Col. Paris Davis’ neck, it was a welcome pause to the endless venomous rhetoric, … more
While the people were barred from the state Capitol during the 2021 legislative session by the pandemic and a tall metal fence, majority Democrats made several policy decisions that have caused great … more
Washington’s housing affordability crisis hurts every corner of the state. We’ve all heard stories. Nurses and grocery store employees can’t afford to live where they work. Young … more
As we nudge closer to spring break in early April, there are clear messages we have in schools. First, we must finish the school year at the highest achievement levels possible. Our students … more
Students in our K-12 public schools are clearly struggling with the “three Rs” — reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Only 32.6% of the fourth graders and eighth graders tested … more
There is a meme floating around out on social media. It shows a man and a woman in swimwear jogging on a beach looking at each other saying, “Let’s not think anymore, let us trust … more
As the infrastructure funds are flowing to the state(s), it would be great if Sen. Jim McCune, and Reps. Andrew Barkis and J.T. Wilcox would speak up to help provide public bus service to Roy. … more
Our new congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, representing Washington’s Third Congressional District, has recently begun having town halls. She had a town hall in her hometown of Stevenson and … more
Remember the sadistic acts of Lucy consistently snatching the football away just when Charlie Brown ran up to kick it in the Howard Schultz cartoon strip? She baits him, then switches the game, yanks … more
Save children’s lives and support SB 5599 — Supporting youth and young adults seeking protected health care services. SB 5599 is not about taking away parental rights, but rather … more
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