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 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 12, 2022 

Milling trees can pay to reduce wildfire risks

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much-needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and farms. It is money the U.S. Forest Service and Washington’s Dept. of...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    May 12, 2022 

Capital gains backers spying

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause to prevent a...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    May 5, 2022

On the Hot Seat

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in stores or having a...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Laminated products reduce fire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are successfully competing...

 
 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Inslee attacks natural gas, again

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But, apparently, Gov. Inslee and...

 
 By Nancy Street    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Who cares about the immuno-compromised?

Why haven’t we read or heard more about the immuno-compromised who are dealing with the decision to remove mask mandates by a newly-appointed 33-year-old Florida U.S. District judge deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association? The...

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Getting closer

There is an old saying: “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” W hen it comes to the Undeberg Invitational you could say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s back ...

 

State stubbornly refuses to cut taxes for families

Most politicians could only dream of a scenario in which a flood of extra tax revenues suddenly lets them cut taxes in an election year. But clearly Washington state leaders think differently. While...

 

Electric blueprint unveiled at fair

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, three of its...

 

Who will be our state's Ron Desantis?

Through multiple initiatives, the Biden Administration is promoting harmful lies. In a direct, panicked response to states across the country successfully passing bills that protect women's sports,...

 

Look north to increase gas supplies

The news that President Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration maybe good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices at the pump in the...

 

State health board rejects vaccination requirement

The state Board of Health unanimously passed a motion to accept the recommendation from a technical advisory group (TAG) against a COVID-19 immunization requirement for school entry. Board members...

 

The virtue of free markets in health care

Several days ago, The Wall Street Journal ran an extended interview with Fred Smith, the founder and CEO of FedEx. (here) After serving two tours of duty as a Marine in Viet Nam, Smith began a parcel...

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Numbers show it's time to de-list wolves statewide

The state wolf population saw a significant increase, growing by 16% in 2021 according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The number of packs grew to 23 from 29 in 2020, and the number of...

 

Ukraine needs it's sunflower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those fields. In late...

 

McMorris Rodgers: 'Children are in crisis'

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, delivered the following remarks at the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on legislation to support mental health and the well-being...

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Why is UW trafficking baby body parts?

A group of pro-life organizations uncovered a freezer at University of Washington containing the remains of aborted babies, exposing the university’s cruel and evil experimentation. The groups...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Gas prices driving work from home

With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Probably Not! One big reason it is expensive to drive and the waste of...

 
 By Dale Magart    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Whitetail hunting in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington. The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and 2020 set record lows and the blue tongue outbreak in 2020 was worse...

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Worst Seat: Brackets

Each year during the NCAA tournament, I get asked how my bracket is doing. I always answer I don’t do brackets because I would pick teams that I want to win instead of investing time figuring out wh...

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Democrats being dishonest about gasoline tax increase

With so much rhetoric about moving the state away from gas-powered vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions, one of the strangest claims made during the legislative session was that there was no increase in...

 

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially killed Senate Bill...

 

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