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 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 23, 2020

Neither Neocon or Isolationist

Donald Trump isn't George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani....

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: January 23, 2020

Okeydokes! Thanks to all of the Colfax and outlying communities that came out for a great cause to make over 3,000 soup packets with Homestead Ministries....

 

Dams are the Northwest Flood Busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of US farmland in nine major grain producing states were under water. More than 14 million people were impacted. Damage exceeded $1 billi...

 

Snowed In

I got snowed in last week. I was at our cabin on the Pend Oreille River where it was quiet, and I could do some writing with no interruptions. There was an unfinished poem running around in my head that I just couldn’t quite get a handle on. I...

 

Different Presidents, Same Distractions

The president is smack-dab in the middle of impeachment politics. Suddenly, he orders a bold but perilous military action. His defenders vehemently argue that petty politics is getting in the way of his exercising his hugely important duties as comma...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 16, 2020

Colin Kaepernick's Stupid Lie about America

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick's deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn't produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted,...

 

Student Loan Assistance Attractive Employer Benefit

Employers are looking at additional benefits to help workers who are stressed out over paying rent, transportation and food, and student loans. Even though job numbers and wages have increased, too often there just isn’t enough money to make ends...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    January 9, 2020

OK, Zoomers

OK, zoomers: Here is your trigger warning. What was the name of Roy Rogers' horse? The answer is Trigger. You were warned. For those who are wondering who in tarnation is Roy Rogers, he called himself the "King of the Cowboys" and was one of the big...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 9, 2020

The Absurd Crusade Against Vaping

Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude. Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about...

 

Sulfur Standard Aims to Curtail Maritime Fuel Oil

With the new decade comes an international air pollution regulation which hastens the switch from high sulfur fuel oil to either diesel or LNG in ocean-going ships. The mandate drops the sulfur content from 3.5 percent to .5. While that number sounds...

 

Pay to Play

The bowl season is about over. The last game is Jan. 13, so we will have to watch the pros until February sometime. After that our TVs will be football free for eight months or so. WSU lost to Air Force in the Cheez-it Bowl. I didn’t even know...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 2, 2020

The Victim President

President Donald Trump's impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not sincere. The missive establishes, if there were any doubt, that Trump hates impeachment with a passion, and he expresses his contempt in his own inimitable voice --...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    January 2, 2020

The Role Call The

I don't know if they take attendance in schools anymore. Maybe surveillance cameras, facial recognition and all the other high-tech intrusions make it unnecessary, but back in the day, the teacher would always start out with the roll call. You were...

 

The President Goes to Trial

Before I get into the merits of the case, let me say that I am no fan of Donald Trump. Never have been and probably never will be. He is crass, rude and acts like an immature bully. He is everything that you would not want in a diplomat. I can...

 

Boeing Needs Strong Tailwinds

As we launch into 2020 and the ensuing decade, Boeing faces very strong head winds which are major concerns for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. Things are vastly different now. In my first column of 2019, I wrote that Boeing was poised...

 

Boris and Donald The

How fitting it was that on Friday the 13th, Boris Johnson trundled over to Buckingham Palace and received permission from the queen to form his government. Fitting because it was bad luck for those who had fading hopes of somehow stopping Brexit...

 

Homeless Encampments and the Constitution

The Supreme Court just ensured that the nation’s homelessness crisis will continue. The court declined to take up an appeal of a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, covering the western United States, that homeless encampments are a de fact...

 

Taking a train to the Apple Cup

Contrasts between the east and west sides of Washington State can be identified in many shapes and forms. This one deals with modes for going to a football game, and probably other games. November's...

 

Democrats Are Own Worst Enemy

For a town where friendship is really a matter of expedience, where Best Friends Forever, or "BFF" in kiddie talk, has become "BFT," Best Friends Temporarily, we sure have conjured up many sound bites about friendship. "You want a friend in...

 

Election Too Important to be Left to Voters

The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It's obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Okeydokes: The beautiful Andrew Wyeth tones on the farm land. Frosty farms......

 

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