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 — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Errol Kramer    Opinion 

Businesses and schools need to get back to normal soon.

I am a 76-year-young retiree; geologist/farmer/mechanic/U.S. Army. As a former scientist, the numbers and percentile for the COVID-19 deaths look real good. The CDC/prevention doctors mean well but are overreacting; overly... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion 

Law requires across-board budget cuts

There are two legal options to respond to a state budget deficit: The governor orders across the board budget cuts, or a special session of the Legislature occurs liquidating the... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion 

New baseball

When I was going to school a whole bunch of years ago there was a question that was sometimes asked concerning a popular subject. “What if they had a ______ and nobody came? Now... — Updated 7/30/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Keep government offices open I was shocked to read in the Journal that a resolution by the Ritzville City Council to close city hall through December 31, 2020, passed. I, for one as a taxpayer, think city hall, as well as the Adams... — Updated 7/23/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Will Washington really punt budget action until January?

What once seemed inevitable is now growing unlikely – a special session to balance the state's budget. This is why it was so important to act before the new spending increases too... — Updated 7/14/2020

 
 By Tim Rasmussen    Opinion

Reviewing an officer-involved shooting

Not long ago, I reported on an officer involved shooting that occurred in Adams County. I had been asked to review the investigation to make sure it was independent of the... — Updated 7/13/2020 Full story

 

Business owner supports festivities

This year’s 4th of July fireworks displays by you, our neighbors, and our friends, was a sight to behold. It was hands down the best display and most celebratory 4th of July I have been witness to since the '80s when it was... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Like Poland, America needs change

On July 4, 1975, America proudly celebrated its Bicentennial as the world’s greatest nation while Poland was a suppressed Soviet satellite state. Poles had no right to free speech, were hungry and impoverished. If you wanted a... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Melinda Myers    Opinion

Manage insects in your gardens

You plant and tend your garden hoping to enjoy a bountiful harvest and beautiful blooms. Despite proper planning and planting, insects can move in and wreak havoc on your garden. The good news is you can manage problem pests... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Washington needs to change to stay on top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington led the field of 51 as best by a healthy margin. WalletHub economists viewed the states from three key... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

Are more 'Darwin Awards' coming this year?

Teaching psychology for 20 years at Spokane Falls Community College was such a learning experience – for me. I hope the students also learned a lot about the “scientific study of behavior and mental processes.” When teaching... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

Sheriffs should be consistent

How refreshing to see a couple of Washington sheriffs speaking out against the mandatory wearing of masks. I’m tired of the government acting like a “nanny state”. It’s about time we returned to the good old days when... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

China's push for high-tech dominance

While the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest are front page news, China’s unrelenting push to leap over our country in critical technology and hoarding of strategic metals should alarm us. Since the coronavirus pandemic broke... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

 

Volunteers collected enough signatures for ballot

It was a seemingly impossible task, but concerned citizens rose to the occasion. Volunteers across the state collected 266,000 signatures in support of Referendum 90. In April, the effort was launched to collect the necessary... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Producers don't like to see waste

Whether it is a crop, milk or livestock, no one involved in agriculture wants their products to go anywhere other than to consumers. That is what makes the COVID-19 crisis... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Papermakers gaining ground from pandemic

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Get involved in schools, now

Due to the coronavirus, there are a lot of questions on what school will look like next fall. On social media, a number of memes suggest public schools will be very different. They... — Updated 5/28/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State may push income tax, again

TVW recently interviewed the top budget writers in the Senate about the state's outlook and the possibility of a special session. In one interview, Sen. John Braun (ranking member... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

Quarantine sacrifices appreciated

As the state starts to open up again, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who stayed smart and stayed home. You helped keep the virus away from people - many peop... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Sign R-90 to regain sex ed control In March, our state Legislature voted to require comprehensive sex education in every public school. It did this despite many thousands of residents communicating their concerns and opposition... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Testing and tracing isn't voluntary

Voluntary must have a different meaning inside state government offices. Last Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and other participants in his coronavirus press conference said participation... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

May 13 Letter to the Editor

Sheltering in place doesn't make sense There's a lot to appreciate about farmers donating potatoes and volunteers helping to distribute them. But if one is awake, it's also deeply... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Medicaid: A cash cow, until it isn't

Medicaid began in 1965 as a safety-net health insurance entitlement for low-income families with children, the disabled, and some long-term care. The program is financed by both federal and state governments in sort of a 50/50 arra... — Updated 5/18/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Tattletales reporting 'non-essentials'

I took a look at the state Department of Health non-essential business complaint list over the weekend. I didn’t really expect to see much. And I would’ve been correct if I had... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

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