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 By Jason Mercier    Opinion 

Capital gains income tax battle to remain in courts

The next steps on whether Washington will remain income tax free will be in the courts, as the I-1929 ballot campaign to repeal the capital gains income tax has suspended its activi... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Drones can help scorched forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Who will defend the taxpayers?

The message from voters was crystal clear, but elected officials apparently don’t want to hear it. In 2019, nearly 80% of voters in the city of Spokane approved an amendment to the city charter – in essence, a local... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River Dams' Power Hard to Replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

On the trail, when it reins, it pours

Jockeying up for the opportunity to ride with the John Wayne Pioneer Riders and Wagons last week excited me. I left home early in the morning, encountering the sweet smell of... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Frustrations continue over mandates

Last week, the deputy secretary of the state Department of Corrections sent a mass email to all staff, incarcerated inmates and interested parties — including me — informing... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Covid claw back spurs robot growth

Prior to the corona virus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly — reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals,... — Updated 6/7/2022


Hopeful messages on long-term-care fall short; exemptions continue

Administrators of Washington state’s long-term-care law are hitting news outlets and providing health care writers with messages of hope about a social program they say will provide “peace of mind,” even though it does... — Updated 6/2/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Limiting police pursuits doesn't make sense

Many of you are aware that public safety in our state took a major hit last year when Democrats in the Legislature passed a “police reform” law that prevented law enforcement of... — Updated 6/2/2022

 By Mariya Frost    Opinion

Sound Transit has racked up $50B for rail plan

Since 2017, Sound Transit’s full system expansion went from costing taxpayers $92 billion to an incredible $142 billion, and project completion was stretched from 2041 to 2046. That’s $50 billion in unanticipated expenses to... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Manufacturers back to building stock

Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered. It was called “just-in-time... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

Fairchild 'fueled' my excitement for the military

As a young lady in her infancy of writing news, and in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, my experience while flying with the Thunderbirds last Thursday in advance of... — Updated 5/17/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams... — Updated 5/17/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Capital gains supporters set up surveillance

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Milling can foot bill to reduce wildfire

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated wood can reduce fire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/3/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Inslee fires up natural gas attacks

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But,... — Updated 5/3/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Look north to increase gas supplies

The news that President Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration maybe good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices... — Updated 5/2/2022


SBOH votes against pursuing vaccine requirements for school

The Washington State Board of Health unanimously passed a motion to accept the recommendation from a technical advisory group (TAG) against a COVID-19 immunization requirement for school entry. Board members did reiterate support... — Updated 5/2/2022

 By Chris Cargill    Opinion

Tax cuts refused for state families

Most politicians could only dream of a scenario in which a flood of extra tax revenues suddenly lets them cut taxes in an election year. But clearly Washington state leaders think differently. While other states move to cut taxes... — Updated 4/26/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

The 1962 Seattle World's Fair highlighted electric transportation

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, t... — Updated 4/26/2022

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

University of Washington exposed

A group of pro-life organizations uncovered a freezer at University of Washington containing the remains of aborted babies, exposing the university’s cruel and evil... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By Dale Magart    Opinion

NE Washington white tail in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington. The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and 2020 set record lows and the blue tongue outbreak... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially... — Updated 3/29/2022

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Perpetual racism policy in schools

The cult of social justice is perpetuating racism in the Clover Park School District with a new student discipline policy requiring staff to consider a student’s race and backgrou... — Updated 3/29/2022


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