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Legislative Commentary: Feb. 28, 2019

Dear Friends, Last week’s commentary mentioned a man who was awaiting Senate confirmation of his appointment to a state commission, despite having lied about his criminal record. I’ll begin this commentary with what a famous radio personality...

 

Business Column: Those pesky tax incentives

Darned if you do, or darned if you don’t! That’s the dilemma elected officials face in determining whether to offer tax incentives for companies to locate in their city, county or state. That conflict played out recently with Amazon’s decision...

 

Legislative Commentary: February 21, 2019

Dear Friends, This fifth week of the 2019 legislative session began with a snow day for a lot of people, due to the 18 or so inches that fell (and stayed) around the Olympia area in a four-day period. But by today, the “snowmageddon” (or...

 

Column: Bipartisan border deal signed by president is significant progress

Last week, Congress came together to pass, and President signed into law, bipartisan legislation that prioritizes securing our border and keeps the federal government open. The legislation may not have provided as much as I would have liked for...

 

Business Column: Amazon an example of growing resistance to corporate incentives

The circumstances leading to Amazon’s decision to scrap its New York City project are trends corporate leaders need to examine closely. There are cultural and political shifts in America which are changing the way business is done. Amazon walked...

 

Pastor's Column: Just a closer walk

I walk. A lot. Maybe I waved when you drove by. (If I didn’t – Sorry! I always mean to.) Maybe we visited as you watered your plants last summer, or shoveled your sidewalk last week. Since I moved to Ritzville in July, I’ve walked every block o...

 

Column: Good news and bad news abound for East Adams Rural Healthcare

The good news is that it looks like your District will have ended 2018 with a six-digit profit. We have to say “looks like” because the final audit adjustments are not completed, but that seems to be what the number will end up being. That is gre...

 

Legislative Commentary: Feb. 14, 2019

Dear Friends, One of the more newsworthy things coming out of Olympia this week had to do with the independent commission of citizens that sets the pay of “statewide elected officials” -- from the governor to Supreme Court justices to...

 

Column: Late-term abortion extremism on display in New York, Virginia

The issue of abortion is likely one of the biggest fault lines that divide Americans, but there is one aspect of this ongoing debate that is not controversial: According to a 2018 Gallup poll, only 28 percent of Americans believe that abortion...

 

Letter to the Editor: Keep America great

In response to Mr. McCallum’s opinion article “Look beyond border to solve immigration,” I agree that a wall wouldn’t solve all of our problems, but with added technology, surveillance and more agents, it would solve many of them....

 

Letter to the Editor: Sen. Patty Murray leads the charge

According to an article published by Breitbart on Feb. 4, “Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) to protect babies who have survived failed abortions. Sasse went to the floor of the...

 

Washington farmers need tariff relief

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff, a key market will remain limited. When China’s tariff went from 10 percent to 50 percent last...

 

Opinion: Look beyond border to solve immigration

We Americans like to think of ourselves as problem solvers of a sort. If something is wrong, or needs fixing, we feel we can get to the heart of the matter and figure out a solution that is best addressed to solve it. There is a problem with...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 31, 2019

Dear Friends, Before the 2019 legislative session took up, Democratic leaders in the Legislature indicated that they shared our interest in addressing two major issues: improving the delivery of mental-health treatment and addressing the shortage of... Full story

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 24, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s customary for me, as leader of one of the four legislative caucuses, to do a round of media interviews on the opening day of a legislative session. You never know exactly what the questions will be, but my interview with the TVW...

 

Academy nominees make Central Washington proud

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer,” World War Two hero Jimmy Doolittle once said. Last week, I had the privilege to announce my nomination of 11 volunteers across Central Washington for consideration to attend U.S....

 

The private sector is stepping up for tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national deficit approaches $22 trillion ($180,000 per taxpayer) and state and local governments...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 17, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s customary for me, as leader of one of the four legislative caucuses, to do a round of media interviews on the opening day of a legislative session. You never know exactly what the questions will be, but my interview with the TVW...

 

Reopen the federal government and address border security, immigration reform

As of this writing, today is the 24th day of the partial federal government shutdown – the longest in our history. The funding of certain portions of the federal government and border security have unfortunately become highly partisan, with...

 

East Coast seaports ramping up capabilities

While many eyes are on trade talks between our country and China, America’s port leaders are positioning their seaports to compete for increasing volumes of container traffic. After container shipments surged in November---primarily from...

 

Letter to the Editor: Thank a school board member

Dear Editor: By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 10, 2019

Dear Friends, Maybe you’ve heard the old line that suggests the making of laws is like the making of sausage. In that sense I guess the sausage-making that went on at my farm a week ago was like a warm-up for the lawmaking ahead -- because the...

 

Kicking off the 116th Congress

Last Thursday, I took an oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the representative of the people of the Fourth Congressional District in the 116th Congress. It is an honor to be entrusted with this office to represent the people of...

 

Boeing hopes to build upon record year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated and within our country, Washington is the best. The study reaffirmed that “Washington’s economy and industry...

 

End of old Congress, beginning of New Year

As 2018 comes to a close, so does the 115th Congress. It is an honor to represent the diverse interests of the Fourth Congressional District, and I am especially proud of the accomplishments we achieved that will improve the quality of life in...

 

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