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Letter to the Editor

 — Updated 4/6/2021

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion 

State Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill... — Updated 4/6/2021

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion 

Learn the lessons 2020 taught us

The poor are oppressed by the incompetent. It is a phrase that increasingly rings in my ears as I watch government bureaucracies and politicians provide false hope instead of tangible assistance. The people who pay for these... — Updated 4/6/2021

 

WHO Is Pulling the Strings?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A year into living with the ramifications of a global pandemic, it is clearer now than ever before how important science is to our decision-making – and how q... — Updated 3/31/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Keeping America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny... — Updated 3/30/2021

 

Letters to the Editor

Beware of what is happening in Washington, D.C. The so-called Equality Act is now in the Senate after passing the House and having President Biden's support. This act is supposedly an extension of the 1964 Civil Rights bill which w... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By Tim Sheldon    Opinion

Dodging public vote on capital gains shows elitism

This will sound funny anywhere outside Olympia, but there is a question that for years has stumped half the Legislature. If an income tax is so good for the people of the state of W... — Updated 3/30/2021

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

State operating budget $5 billion in excess

Everybody associates March 17 with St. Patrick’s Day, that one holiday in which we are all encouraged to wear green. Around the Capitol last week, March 17 brought a different... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Starter income tax is bad enough, collections rebound

Last week, the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection... — Updated 3/23/2021

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 3/16/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

TVW is an antidote for dwindling trust in media

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Letters to the Editor

Harnack correct on HB 1356 The rewriting of history, not only of this country but others as well, has been going on for ages. Roger Harnack's editorial in the March 10 Journal with regard to politicians and legislation to... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

HB 1356 panders to PC power brokers

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Jim Honeyford    Opinion

Why is daylight saving still a thing?

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, daylight saving time for 2021 will begin, clocks will spring forward an hour, and Washingtonians will once again ask themselves how this annual... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Democrats have many proposals to... raise or create taxes

Democrats in Washington’s Legislature traditionally haven’t been shy about raising taxes. This legislative session is no different. In fact, there are several... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Agriculture is fighting for survival

Some moments lend themselves to hyperbole. That amazing fishing trip from seven years ago; the winning free throw at a high school basketball game; the marriage proposal when time... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

Rural access to affordable housing investments

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. There have been some challenges conducting business as usual for the Legislature during this unusual time... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Tim Eyman    Opinion

Appealing to restrictions on the First Amendment

In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we’ve qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the governments’ power over us and have saved taxpayers $46.9... — Updated 2/25/2021

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

One's feelings might get people arrested

A new proposed law smells like tyranny. House Bill 1283 would make it illegal for three people or more to open-carry firearms if someone else “feels threatened.” It would be a... — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Regionalization doesn't work

Have you bought into Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest coronavirus recovery scheme, his “Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many... — Updated 2/16/2021

 

Letters to the Editor

Wrongful seizure of property In November 2018, a whistleblower wrote a letter of concern related to the seizure and sale of property seized in drug busts to commissioners, auditor, and prosecuting attorney of Adams County. The comp... — Updated 2/11/2021

 

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