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 — 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

 

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 — 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

 

Voting Authority

It seems quaint now, the arguments we used to have whether these United States was a republic or a democracy. The citizens of the state of Washington are now ruled by an authoritarian. We may be allowed to vote for the... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for a Washington special session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

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 — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion

Still time to take the census

PORTLAND, Ore. – Officials want Washington residents to know there is still time to respond to the U.S. Census – especially residents in Eastern Washington. The count conducted every 10 years is important in that it determines... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

Eliminating U.S. and Canadian trade barriers proves helpful

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21. President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau mutually agreed to seal the world's longest... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 8/27/2020

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion

What day is it?

If you are anything like me, and for your sake I hope you are not, you are trying to remember what day of the week and month it is. We don’t need to be reminded that it is 2020. B... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

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 — Updated 8/18/2020

 

Freedom over government

Perhaps the members of the Ritzville City Council have allowed City Hall to be opened to the citizenry. If so, this would be good news. Our “public” buildings should not have been closed. The revolution of 1776 was NOT fought... — Updated 8/18/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

The Green New Deal is incomplete

Our environmental quality strategy must be encompassing and not just focus on climate change. Since Democrats announced their Green New Deal, the emphasis is reducing greenhouse... — Updated 8/18/2020

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion

And the answer is...

More than one person has told me that they wish 2020 would just go away, and some wish it would have never happened at all. I know it has been rough, especially for those people... — Updated 8/18/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

Vote Dan Blankenship for general election I see that Dan Blankenship will be running for Adams County Commissioner in the November 4 General Election. Adams County voters will be fortunate to have such a qualified person serve on... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news that would make 'Scoop' Jackson happy

That actually happened in the course of the last month. The result would undoubtedly please the legendary U.S. Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D-WA) - the master problem solver. In... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Dams appear safe for now

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

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