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Failures of the State

The COVID-19 crisis and related economic shutdown has highlighted a number of failures of the state Employment Security Department. These failures in unemployment systems and department procedures resulted in managers being unable to meet basic...

 

Reopen businesses under Bill 5114

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of a Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Ben Franklin supposedly...

 

Work from home here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? However, it is not an either/or question, said Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom,...

 

Bracing for bigger changes

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our booming economy was clobbered by COVID-19. A worldwide pandemic...

 

Inslee's proposal is an income tax

Despite the budget being balanced, billions in reserve and projected revenue growth of 7.2%, Gov. Jay Inslee is yet again proposing an income tax on capital gains in his new budget. The governor, however, claims that this type of tax isn’t an...

 

The Age of Derangement

Since the moment our founders signed their names to the bottom of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the U.S. has been organized by a successful moral and ethical code. We were a nation formed by protestant immigrants and a smattering...

 

Policies subsidize the rich, harm the poor

For eight years, Washington state has consistently failed to meet our CO2-reduction targets even as energy-intensive industries have closed or left the state. Washington companies like Amazon and Microsoft have successfully met their CO2 targets....

 

Wildfires were "Big Polluters" in 2020

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was catastrophic. The National Interagency Fire Center’s...

 

Despite COVID Wreaths Placed Across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020. Even though the traditional ceremonies attended by thousands went virtual this...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Dec. 24, 2020

Pet Peeves: Old couch sitting for months on S Main Street...

 

Big hurdles removed for wind energy

Would you believe in the future when a cement truck shows up to pour your foundation or patio, the mixture will likely contain ground-up wind turbine blades? As a part of new agreement between GE Renewable Energy and Veolia North America (VNA), old...

 

Great Conjunction has us looking up - for a change

It’s been a difficult year for us all. I know that’s an understatement. But methinks I shouldn’t have to go into many details to explain why. Unfortunately, those reasons are still all around us. It’s said hard times bring out the best and...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: Dec. 17, 2020

Okeydokes All the people who are spaying and neutering cats. The Thrifty Grandmothers. Those ladies do so much and give so much money to the locals. Pet Peeves Beware of Colfax speed traps!...

 

E-Waste Reduction Requires Innovative Approaches

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is dealing with the progress of the 20th Century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These appliances depend on hazardous materials, such as mercury, to operate....

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Okeydokes: All the Christmas lights around town. Pet Peeves: Political signs up after election....

 

Washtucna's COVID response and future

It all started March 17, when I declared a local emergency proclamation for the city of Washtucna due to the coronavirus. The emergency proclamation facilitates potential future assistance related to COVID-19, as well as access to regional and state...

 

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