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Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: May 16, 2019

Pet Peeves People who walk their dogs down Main Street and do not pick up after them. Okeydokes People that support the Rotary baseball breakfast ticket sales and all the extra money donated! Colfax pride!...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Showbiz-Politicsbiz

Back when I was a TV local newspup, I met Muhammad Ali to do an interview. This was during his boxing days. While my video person set up, I discovered, to my utter surprise, during our chat that he was friendly but soft-spoken and cordial, the exact...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    May 16, 2019

We've Heard Enough From Robert Mueller

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller's commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It's not as though we don't already have the special counsel's version of events. He mustered enormous...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Washington's Big Tax Bump

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by a whopping 17.5 percent, which is one of the largest increases ever. Gov. Jay Inslee and his...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 16, 2019

State of Liberty

I was headed into the grocery store the other day for bread, eggs, and milk when I noticed a line outside the door. I thought it might be some free samples, so I went over to see what they had. It was a line to sign a petition for a ballot...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: May 9, 2019

Pet Peeves People moving to a farming community and complaining about farming activities. Rumble strips, four head-ons on 195, four people died. Rumble strips did not make a difference, cannot even pull over on shoulder....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Same Old, Same Old

Is Donald Trump slipping? In his endless quest to give everyone a derogatory nickname, he's now calling Joe Biden "Sleepy Joe." It's not clear why he's calling him "Sleepy," but it might be a typo. Perhaps, he meant "Sloppy Joe." That would be...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    May 9, 2019

The Greatest Show on Earth

No one enjoys getting impeached, and if it happens to him, Donald J. Trump will be no exception. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine any potential target of impeachment in Anglo-American history relishing the fight more than Trump. He'd rather...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 9, 2019

New Montana Law Aims to Keep People In Their Homes

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law last week, aims to keep people in their...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Negative Action

Twenty years ago, Washington State voters outlawed ethnic discrimination within our state. Initiative 200, passed by a decisive popular vote, specified that employers or those granting contracts, “shall not discriminate against nor grant...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: May 2, 2019

Pet Peeves The farmer who chose to move his combine on Highway 26 at 5 p.m. when all the Moms’ traffic was already heavy. Four council seats open, change for Colfax, please someone run! Okeydokes The library’s virtual reality....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Impeach? Nah!

Impeach Donald Trump? What a bad idea for the Democrats, in spite of the pressure from the party's left flank, and in spite of various presidential candidates, like Elizabeth Warren, pandering to the ultra-progressives. After all, the ultimate goal...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Sorry, Democrats, Your Stars Are Socialists

There was Bernie Sanders at a Fox News Channel town hall, not giving an inch in a forum every Democratic presidential candidate has shunned. His reward was a cataract of good reviews, and monster ratings. Sanders had a solid hour to try to reach...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Religious Freedom Condemns Terrorism

On March 15, a small group of Aryan supremacists attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 worshipers. Political and religious leaders throughout the world condemned the act and the terrorists. The six gunmen were rounded up and...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: April 25, 2019

Pet Peeves Landlords that expect an 80-year-old woman to mow lawns around their apartment building. First person to say it is too hot. Okeydokes The flowering trees on Mill Street. Onecho Good Friday Easter Cantata. Wonderful....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    April 25, 2019

Presidential Con

We should do better, but how can we? By "we" I mean media wretches -- the purveyors, so President Donald Trump charges, of "fake news." The reality is that we constantly deal in his fake spews of outrageous controversy, which he concocts to feed his...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    April 25, 2019

Weep for Notre Dame

"I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration," the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, "that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul." A cultural calamity played out on live...

 

Montana Woman Recognized Among Fortune's Greatest Leaders

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the effort to save Montana’s state employee health insurance plan from bankruptcy....

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: April 18, 2019

Okeydokes Congratulations to Tiger Woods!...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    April 18, 2019

The Trump Whack-a-Mole

President Donald Trump obviously loves playing whack-a-mole. You know, like the amusement-park game where once a thingy is knocked back into a hole, another one pops up somewhere nearby. Trump is a political whack-a-mole wizard. Just as his carnival...

 

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