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 By Kara Davidson    Opinion    January 10, 2019 

My Two Cents: Christmas decoration ups and downs

Christmas and New Years are over, and now neighbors are taking down their Christmas decorations. But in every neighborhood there is always someone who doesn’t participate. Maybe they were late...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 10, 2019

Pet Peeves Fire the commissioners ... they can’t even fill potholes on Steptoe Street, Steptoe, Wash....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    January 10, 2019 

Trump Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Let's hand it to President Donald Trump. There he was, the commander in chief, closing out the old year by bravely showing up in a war zone in spite of the bone spurs in his feet. Yes, the haters are dubious about those spurs, but whether real or...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 10, 2019 

Trump Should Chill About the Stock Market

Donald Trump may watch the stock market more closely than any day trader. For a president who underlined the increasing importance of working-class whites to the GOP coalition and who trampled so much bipartisan economic orthodoxy during the...

 

Boeing Hopes to Build Upon Record Year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated and within our country, Washington is the best. The study reaffirmed that “Washington’s economy and industry...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    January 10, 2019 

Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per-hour since 2009. Even though 96% of gainfully employed Americans earn more than the minimum, there is a push to increase it to a “living wage.” Minimum wage is a bad idea for several reasons: It...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    January 3, 2019

The Exchange Rate

The holiday week leading up to New Year's has special meaning. The day after holy Christmas, we celebrated the wholly mercenary observance of Exchange Day. It's not an official holiday in the United States, but it should be, like Boxing Day is in Bri...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 3, 2019

Pet Peeves Snoqualmie Pass being closed for snow more now than it was before millions of dollars spent on construction to alleviate that....

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 3, 2019

The Insufferable James Comey

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration's disorganization for his own ends. But never before has a former FBI director been as self-satisfied as James Brien Comey Jr. In an interview at the 92nd...

 

Lame-Duck Mucking

OK, I get it. After an election, when the incumbent is about to be transformed into the former, we need a transition period. All in all, it's a good idea. It allows for a smooth changeover. Yada, yada, yada. But like all bright ideas, this one is...

 

Does Trump Care That He's President?

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy...

 

Get Over the Wall

Our President is crude, crass, undiplomatic and rude. I agree with many of the things he has done, but I have real issues with the way he does them. I think his America First policy is spot on. We have allowed other countries to walk on us too long....

 

Law of the Swamp

What's interesting about Washington is how the first rule for its leaders has always been to make sure they don't have to follow many rules. Members of Congress have their "speech or debate" clause of the Constitution, meaning that no matter how...

 

Britain's Brexit Self-Abasement

Shakespeare famously wrote of the "sceptered isle" of Britain acting as a moat "against the envy of less happier lands." Lately, the less happier lands are winning in a rout. Britain is suffering a political meltdown as it struggles to make good on...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Dec. 20, 2018

Pet Peeves Overpriced lukewarm coffee Pothole on Main Street where construction was recently done. Don’t assume, check your facts Okeydokes WSDOT, you made a big difference The Red Brick Cafe re-opening in Rosalia ... great food, family-friendly,...

 

Christmas Wreaths Help Ease Pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty while protecting our country. It hit home again last month when Army sergeants Eric Emond, 39, Brush Prairie,...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Dec. 13, 2018

Pet Peeves Businesses closed on weekends & weekday shutdowns 2-6 p.m. Okeydokes Winterfest parade, petting zoo and multiple places for hot cocoa. Colfax should be proud....

 

The Fake Potpourri

The word "potpourri" has a few definitions, but for a columnist it means writing about a bunch of unrelated stuff because he's too lazy to come up with an overarching theme. Instead, he'll take a superficial look at several developments. I have long...

 

Sorry, You Can't Protect Mueller

Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again. There's been much harumphing about how Republicans are in the tank for President Donald Trump...

 

Good Economic News Sprinkled with Caution

The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow, and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it is sprinkled with caution about introducing new taxes. Our state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast...

 

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