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 — Updated 10/27/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion 

No reason why a government shutdown should occur, even in a deficit

DURING the last two state budget cycles, Washington lawmakers have come dangerously close to forcing a government shutdown due to failures in the budget process. The current... — Updated 10/27/2020


Voters should reject R-90, support Espinoza

Olympia is clearly out of touch with Eastern Washington, and you won’t have to look any further than your ballot to figure that out. In addition to the East versus West gubernatorial battle, you’ll find Referendum 90, pitting... — Updated 10/27/2020


Political Cartoon

 — Updated 10/22/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

China's stranglehold on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and... — Updated 10/22/2020


Time for new leadership in Olympia

If there was any doubt about a need for change in the Governor’s Mansion occupancy, political newcomer Loren Culp swept them away in the only gubernatorial debate two weeks ago. Gov. Jay Inslee, whose been occupying the mansion f... — Updated 10/22/2020


Coronavirus stimulates recreational vehicle sales and rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by the coronavirus, recreational vehicle (RV) sales and rentals are taking off. People have switched their travel preferences to minimize their Covid-19... — Updated 10/15/2020


Pro Pool Levy

Here’s why I’m voting for the Park and Pool Rec No. 4 levy. No, we didn’t get to enjoy the swimming pool this past summer: no adult swim, no aerobics, no swimming lessons, and no visitors to Ritzville to share our... — Updated 10/15/2020


Reactionary Policy

Americans, including politicians, wake up and speak up. We are being snowballed, and given a very rough time by Public Health officials, as dictated by extremely over-reactive Federal officials. Yes, COVID-19 is a serious matter,... — Updated 10/15/2020


Political Cartoon

 — Updated 10/9/2020


Parks & Recs Pool Levy

On November 3, 2020, Adams County residents will be given another opportunity to vote for the Ritzville Water Park pool levy, running a second maintenance and operation levy that did not pass in August. It is important for us to... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Budget outlook takes another hit with Boeing's 787 announcement

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

WDFW looks to create regulation amidst fires

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife already manages about a million acres of publicly owned lands statewide. Now, the agency is trying to use recent wildfires as an excuse to... — Updated 10/9/2020


Political Cartoon

 — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State revenues growing overall but budget deficit still projected

First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast:... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Send a message with advisory votes

We’re only about three weeks until our ballots arrive in the mail for the Nov. 3 all-mail-in election. So far, the focus has been on the presidential race between Republican... — Updated 10/1/2020


Political Cartoon

 — Updated 9/24/2020

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

All churches should be open despite the virus

About 800 miles south of my office, the leaders of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., are no doubt having conversations about how to move forward. The church, which was mandated to close and remain closed earlier... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Coronavirus compounding recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/24/2020


Letters to the Editor

 — Updated 9/17/2020


Political Cartoon

 — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to revisit forest management

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters California has a dual... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Jean Flanigen    Opinion

Malden/Pine City Fire

“Are you guys ok?” It’s the first thing we say to each other in the Malden/Pine City area these days. Once that question is answered, it is immediately followed by, “Is your house ok?” We lost so much on Labor Day. Our... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Inslee funding unnecessary union jobs

Most schools in Washington state will remain closed this fall. Some school districts are tightening their belts in anticipation of the COVID-19 budget cuts that are coming. But last week Gov. Jay Inslee bypassed the Legislature... — Updated 9/11/2020


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