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Reader backs Smiley for senate Tiffany Smiley is an articulate, energetic natural leader who will fight crime, fentanyl, illegal immigration, inflation and over-spending. She will support border protection, energy independence and... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Garbage, an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Seattle needs herculean effort for drugs, crime

Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to... — Updated 9/19/2022


Letters to the Editor

Col. Wright’s name correctly removed I have objected to the changes of creek names and the defacing of the Whitman statue at the college and removing the statue from the Capitol. It is a sign of the times and rebellious,... — Updated 9/19/2022


Beef Cattle Mythbuster

Myth: It makes no difference if one calculates cow feed intake on a dry matter basis or an as-fed basis. Answer: Oh, but it does matter! Okay, here we go! This is one of those topics that probably caused more confusion among my... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Restore balance of power in Olympia

Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week that he will finally end governing under an emergency order — after more than 900 days —on Monday, Oct. 31. When the Legislature next... — Updated 9/15/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Innovators can increase fresh water

In Washington, this year we’re fortunate to have escaped the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River basin water system has been at normal levels w... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Fair taxes; amend the constitution

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation in Washington. Although most... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Chicken labeling can be confusing

My husband and I recently got into a discussion about the differences in the labeling of chicken. He saw a post on social media outlining the supposed differences between... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being associat... — Updated 8/30/2022


Letters to the Editor

Sen. Schoesler omitted info on police pursuits In a recent op-ed, state Sen. Mark Schoesler, alluded to a new “bad law” that prevents law enforcement from pursuing criminal suspects in most situations. He cherry-picks a... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Frank Watson    Opinion

Quilts of Valor

The local news coverage of the celebration for units returning from Iraq and Afghanistan left me with mixed emotions. I was delighted that our fighting men and women were being... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/16/2022


Letter to the Editor

Increase funding for lab grown meat Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have the opportunity to help alleviate a tremendous amount of nonhuman suffering by increasing funding for cultivated-meat research. For those who... — Updated 8/16/2022


Vaccine mandate remains, boosters incentivized

Remember last summer when the state was acting like Oprah and giving away prizes to people for getting vaccines? “You get a game system!” “You get tuition!” “You win the lottery!” My teenage boys were disappointed it... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Looking for a few correspondents

Over the last several decades, many journalists saw hometown community columns as quaint links to how newspapers once operated. But with few journalists left in the Pacific... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Get ready for more expensive gas

Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in our state. The legislation requires companies to blend biofuels or fund charging stations for electric vehicles.... — Updated 8/9/2022


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Washington's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey revealed that hospital revenues were up five percent... — Updated 8/3/2022


Adams County candidates for primary election

Voters have several candidates to choose from in the Aug. 2 primary election. While many candidates are busy trying to distinguish themselves for the right reasons, two congressional incumbents have made names for themselves for... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor manufacturing edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semic... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Greenies attacking Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

For the people living in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the Snake River, Gov. Jay Inslee’s report on destroying four dams tries to offer some solace. After a “thorough review of relevant economic reports and conversations with... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Supreme court takes on agency 'law-making'

“But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

When you request forage quality analysis from a laboratory, do all methods of analysis provide the same results? Feed/forage analysis is an important part of developing feeding strategies for beef cattle. Knowing the composition... — Updated 6/28/2022


'It is absolutely unconscionable not to do this'

Governor Inslee has repeatedly made it clear that he believes his spending priorities exceed any need to provide tax relief to help families deal with the impact of record inflation. On the same day Inslee declined President... — Updated 6/28/2022


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