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 By Nancy Churchill    Opinion    June 10, 2021 

State liquor control board wants more power

Does your favorite restaurant or bar have a liquor license? If it serves alcoholic drinks, it does. A good restaurant is often the heart of a small community, bringing families and friends together for food and fellowship. That’s true in our...

 
 By Sally C. Pipes    Opinion    June 3, 2021

Worst time to try 'Medicare for All'

"Medicare for All" just won't die. More than 100 House Democrats have signed onto new legislation that would outlaw all private insurance and put all Americans on a federally-run insurance plan...

 

Republicans, the 'Save America Party'

With Liz Cheney’s ouster from her US House Leadership position, some news outlets are trying to tell you that the Republican Party is divided and in disarray. Nothing could be further from the...

 
 By Johanna Vaughn    Opinion    June 3, 2021

'Dangerous Rhetoric' is what she wrote about mail voting

In Nancy Churchill’s “Dangerous Rhetoric – Testing Ground” she states vote-by-mail is a bad idea started about 20 years ago by Democrat-leaning politicians and voices her concerns that vote-by-mail leads to voter fraud. That indeed is...

 
 By Roger Whitten    Opinion    June 3, 2021

Letter to the Editor

In 10th century England, those found guilty of debasing the currency had one hand chopped off. If we re-instated this law, we would either have sane monetary policy in this country or a lot of one-handed politicians....

 
Mark Harmsworth

Virus mandate is unconstitutional

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) on May 21, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing relaxation of social distancing...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Chaos of a short sports season

Sports are important for more than entertainment. For our young student-athletes, it helps them be healthy, learn the importance of teamwork, how hard work can pay off with success, and how to cope...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    May 27, 2021

COVID isn't keeping people from jobs

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency that’s keeping Washin...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Remember who we owe

Memorial Day is not to honor living veterans, but the military personnel who died in the line of duty. "We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Building Washington's future electricity supply around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common—-beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes; and, vibrant salmon and...

 

DANGEROUS RHETORIC - Testing Ground?

Have you ever noticed that many really bad ideas in governance seem to come to Washington State first? Ideas like state wide vote by mail, COVID patients in nursing homes, and vaccine passports? Why...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Vaccination: It's your choice

It’s time to decide if you want a COVID vaccination. If you want to take a precaution to help you avoid contracting COVID, then you can accept a free vaccination. If you don’t want a new COVID vac...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Unemployment insurance as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of...

 

DANGEROUS RHETORIC – Stop asking me that

It has become the fashion for people in our town to start conversations with the question “Have you gotten your vaccine yet?” It’s happened to me several times in the last week, and I’m...

 
 By Joe Schmick    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Legislature session ends with concerns

In a previous update to you, I talked about the trifecta of proposals that could drastically increase the price we all pay at the pump. This could raise costs for those that can least afford it,...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 6, 2021

COVID politics punishes Whitman County

Whitman County was placed in Phase 2 restrictions three weeks ago and we waited for a return to Phase 3, but now that isn’t going to happen. Gov. Jay Inslee chickened out. Facing a massive rollback to Phase 2 for Western Washington, meaning...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Colfax doesn't allow chickens

Chickens are part of a farm community. They are laying eggs for food, helping children raise FFA and 4-H animals for the fair and some people like them as pets. The usual opposition when city councils consider letting people keep chickens at home are...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They're going to get not one, but two. It could be years, however, before we know if the state Supreme...

 

Rethinking natural gas bans in Washington state

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left that bad idea on the...

 
 By Greg James    Opinion    April 29, 2021

Legal pot, now for legalizing prostitutes

In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had - they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana consumption had virtually no...

 

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