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Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: March 14, 2019

Pet Peeves Winter and snow!!! Okeydokes The commissioners for placing a six month moratorium on marijuana....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Reform School

Reform is inevitably a difficult process, and not just for the reformees. It's particularly painful for the reformers, no matter how meritorious their cause. Who would admit opposing fundamental changes to a health care system in this country that is...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Don't Root for a Trump Primary Challenge

The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge. His fiercest Republican critics say, "Yes -- please, please, yes." They are probably wrong, and...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Trade Issues Coalesce Washington's Delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be. While Democrats and Republicans are at one another’s throats on most...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Preseason

I didn’t think it was quite time for political season, but it seems to have started. I was just sitting down to dinner when my phone rang. If it had been thirty seconds later, I would have let the answering machine take it even though I was...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: March 7, 2019

Pet Peeves Misplaced priorities: Colfax School District more concerned with construction dates than student safety. Other schools closed. Okeydokes Those who clear snow from their sidewalks and those who clear their neighbor’s w...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Equal-Opportunity Skepticism

Let's be fair to Donald Trump. No, seriously. That's not a joke. When it comes time to judge the presidential candidates, we should remember what they say about geese and ganders, and apply the same standards to all members of this growing gaggle....

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Why the Robert Kraft Bust Matters

Robert Kraft's name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so. The New England Patriots owner is charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor busted as part of a...

 

Wildfires Spark Renewed Debate over Underground Power Lines

November’s Camp Wildfire was California’s deadliest, killing 86 people and destroying 14,000 homes along with more than 500 businesses. The financial fallout is forcing PG&E, northern California’s electric utility, to seek Chapter 11...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    March 7, 2019

A Tempest in the Testimony

I normally watch the news as I brew my morning cup of tea. As we were experiencing a significant winter storm, I was anxious to check school closures and road conditions. I was disappointed to find all news channels filled with Michael Cohen’s...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 28, 2019

Okeydokes The lady in the pickup who picked me up walking up the hill towards the hospital. Do a random act of kindness for someone....

 

BS Words

It's already begun. With the first serious discussion of "Medicare-for-all," meaning government-financed health care, and with the introduction of the so-called Green New Deal, those on the right, and even those who get away with describing...

 

Sherrod Brown is Not an Idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has long occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical...

 

Save Me From My Stupid Self

I went to college in New York. It was a long way from home, but West Point offered to let me play football in exchange for a quality education and a career. New York was quite a culture shock for a small town farm boy. The drinking age was 18; the...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 21, 2019

Okeydokes The plow crews! We live on Parvin Road and they do a fantastic job keeping our road clear. For neighbors on Southview who saved their elderly neighbors from the snow....

 

Smarmy vs. Smart

When it comes to stories, most of us prefer tacky over technical. Tacky trumps substance. Or these days, attack-y Trump deflects substance. That certainly could explain the decidedly non-substantive high interest in Jeff Bezos, one of President Tweet...

 

The Bonfire of the Democrats

If Democrats are held to their own standards, then all three embattled state officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign. Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn't appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to...

 

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...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 14, 2019

Okeydokes Palouse mayor should school Colfax! The county commissioners, who trekked out to meet constituents at the Steptoe school, came to listen and not to direct. It was a very good meeting. Our lovely friend who gave us the beautiful copper...

 

I Am Not Running for President

I know that the suspense has been unbearable, but I'm finally ready to make my announcement: I am not running for president. I realize that by doing so, I have aligned myself with 328,113,170 or so other Americans who also have decided not to run...

 

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