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WHO Is Pulling the Strings?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A year into living with the ramifications of a global pandemic, it is clearer now than ever before how important science is to our decision-making – and how q... — Updated 3/31/2021


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 — Updated 3/23/2021

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

State operating budget $5 billion in excess

Everybody associates March 17 with St. Patrick’s Day, that one holiday in which we are all encouraged to wear green. Around the Capitol last week, March 17 brought a different... — Updated 3/23/2021

 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Starter income tax is bad enough, collections rebound

Last week, the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection... — Updated 3/23/2021


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 — Updated 3/16/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

TVW is an antidote for dwindling trust in media

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or... — Updated 3/16/2021


Letters to the Editor

Harnack correct on HB 1356 The rewriting of history, not only of this country but others as well, has been going on for ages. Roger Harnack's editorial in the March 10 Journal with regard to politicians and legislation to... — Updated 3/16/2021


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 — Updated 3/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

HB 1356 panders to PC power brokers

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/9/2021

 By Jim Honeyford    Opinion

Why is daylight saving still a thing?

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, daylight saving time for 2021 will begin, clocks will spring forward an hour, and Washingtonians will once again ask themselves how this annual... — Updated 3/9/2021

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Democrats have many proposals to... raise or create taxes

Democrats in Washington’s Legislature traditionally haven’t been shy about raising taxes. This legislative session is no different. In fact, there are several... — Updated 3/2/2021


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 — Updated 3/2/2021

 By Pam Lewison    Opinion

Agriculture is fighting for survival

Some moments lend themselves to hyperbole. That amazing fishing trip from seven years ago; the winning free throw at a high school basketball game; the marriage proposal when time... — Updated 3/2/2021


Rural access to affordable housing investments

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. There have been some challenges conducting business as usual for the Legislature during this unusual time... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By Tim Eyman    Opinion

Appealing to restrictions on the First Amendment

In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we’ve qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the governments’ power over us and have saved taxpayers $46.9... — Updated 2/25/2021


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 — Updated 2/16/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

One's feelings might get people arrested

A new proposed law smells like tyranny. House Bill 1283 would make it illegal for three people or more to open-carry firearms if someone else “feels threatened.” It would be a... — Updated 2/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Regionalization doesn't work

Have you bought into Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest coronavirus recovery scheme, his “Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many... — Updated 2/16/2021


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 — Updated 2/11/2021


Letters to the Editor

Wrongful seizure of property In November 2018, a whistleblower wrote a letter of concern related to the seizure and sale of property seized in drug busts to commissioners, auditor, and prosecuting attorney of Adams County. The comp... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

U-Haul's yearly move-out report shows a surge leaving Washington state

British historian Thomas Macaulay famously said, “The best government is one that desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.” That standard is clearly... — Updated 2/11/2021


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 — Updated 2/4/2021


Letters to the Editor

Perspective from D.C. I lived and worked in Washington D.C. back in 1989-1990 during the Bush/Quayle years. As a bicycle courier I witnessed first – hand many things. Capitol hill, K. Street, Georgetown, Downtown, all day ... — Updated 2/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington

Indeed all of Washington and Oregon history – is under fire again in Olympia. I’m talking about an effort this year in the House to erase Marcus Whitman’s significance from... — Updated 2/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/26/2021


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