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 By John Myers    Opinion 

Obesity isn't from lack of medicine

Antidiabetic medications have been given a lot of attention lately. In the Age of Information, some subjects take over every screen, while others gather dust in the basement. The Human Genome Project got plenty of attention in the... — Updated 12/5/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion 

The 10 best, worst Christmas songs

As soon as the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are put away on Thanksgiving, it's officially time to turn the holiday calendar to Christmas. Notice I didn't mention mashed... — Updated 12/5/2023


Israel-Hamas war an example of religion gone bad

The Israel/Hamas situation is a perfect example of how losing touch with our religious and political traditions makes all of us sniveling idiots. Religion gone bad is the reason Jews and Muslims are at each other’s throats... — Updated 12/5/2023


'BIG WIRES' Act provides power benefits for Americans

The Building Integrated Grids With Inter-Regional Energy Supply (BIG WIRES) Act is a promising bipartisan bill in Congress that offers a wide range of benefits: reducing the risk of electrical power outages, lowering carbon... — Updated 11/28/2023 Full story


Health care professionals work to make us healthier

Physicians and health-care workers across the state have experienced unprecedented stress and hardship over the past several years. Despite this, physicians in Davenport and Odessa took and continue to take the time to help train m... — Updated 11/28/2023

 By Pam Roach    Opinion

What do we have to lose?

We had a great crop of apples this year and more pumpkins than we could give away. Blackberries from the Westside and home canned cherries from early summer and have we got our pies... — Updated 11/28/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

GAO: Salmon declination caused by bad water

Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk routinely blame Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Never forget our veterans

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day... — Updated 11/14/2023

 By Mary Dye    Opinion

Building relationships for ag

Last month, I attended joint meetings for the National Association of State Conservation Agencies and the National Watershed Coalition in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of... — Updated 11/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Papers changing to winter hours

Like many businesses across Eastern Washington, Free Press Publishing is going to winter hours. Effective Nov. 8, our Whitman County Gazette office will resume Wednesday closures th... — Updated 11/7/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Return of the sockeye salmon

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains---the end of his... — Updated 11/7/2023


Paid leave is too high for wage earners

What's the hourly wage of a Paid Family and Medical Leave recipient in Washington state? It's higher than I'm comfortable with. Lawmakers should explain to all workers why they... — Updated 10/31/2023


Sex offenders may hide in plain sight

Thirty-five attorneys general throughout the nation, including Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have banded together in opposition to a proposal by the American Law Institute that would put an end to sex offender... — Updated 10/31/2023

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Require supermajority for tax hikes

If there’s one thing Americans can still agree on, it’s that tax policy is one of the most consequential decisions our government makes that impacts our economy and family... — Updated 10/24/2023


Traffic to get worse regardless of tolls

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... — Updated 10/24/2023

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Are grizzlies coming your way?

Apex predators have already saturated the landscape in Northeast Washington. Now, the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife and the National Park Service want to add more by... — Updated 10/17/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen hubs may help switch from Diesel

President Joe 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... — Updated 10/17/2023


Address COVID learning loss

As parents know all too well, many students suffered learning loss when schools were shut down or relied on virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “COVID learning... — Updated 10/10/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gas attacks stress Americans

Gov. Jay Inslee inappropriately used our state’s building codes to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Now, the Biden Administration is going a step further... — Updated 10/10/2023


Don't buy renewed COVID hysteria

Just as memories of COVID lockdowns and mask mandates were fading to the back of our collective minds, the hysteria is returning, and many are wondering how to react. The two new strains responsible for the surge in cases are... — Updated 10/3/2023

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Carbon emission permits are a tax

As the cost of the state’s climate law continues to increase gas prices, members of the Inslee Administration are upset when the cost of the CO2 allowances are referred to as a... — Updated 10/3/2023

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Canceled drilling leases hurts us

While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the big... — Updated 9/26/2023

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Are mRNA vaccines used in cattle?

It’s been a pretty nice season to go to the fairs around the region—in most cases not too hot and not too cool. Always nice to be able to connect with both our adult and youth... — Updated 9/26/2023


Fake news isn't the problem

Our problem is not that there is too much “fake news.” Our problem is that too many people believe it. Fortunately, there is an “antidope” — epistemology , the theory of knowledge or “how we know what we know.... — Updated 9/26/2023


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