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Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 14, 2019

Okeydokes Palouse mayor should school Colfax! The county commissioners, who trekked out to meet constituents at the Steptoe school, came to listen and not to direct. It was a very good meeting. Our lovely friend who gave us the beautiful copper...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

I Am Not Running for President

I know that the suspense has been unbearable, but I'm finally ready to make my announcement: I am not running for president. I realize that by doing so, I have aligned myself with 328,113,170 or so other Americans who also have decided not to run...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

Democrats' New Agenda Meets Political Reality

Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her recent CNN town hall -- not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked if the "Medicare-for-all" plan she's co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie...

 

America Headed Down Wrong Track

America’s drift away from our market-based economic system is perplexing. Equally, mystifying is the new push to replace entrepreneurs with government bureaucrats in planning and controlling services and products offered to us--the consumers....

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

State of Our Union

Along with millions of other Americans, I watched last week’s State of the Union Address. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it. The President was uncharacteristically subdued. He didn’t pick any fights nor call anyone names....

 

Collateral Damage

There's an expression we hear or see all too frequently, one that is particularly odious: "collateral damage." Some military types, or civilian leaders who are pursuing their own ambitions, use that phrase to sterilize the death and maiming of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    February 7, 2019

In Defense of the MAGA hat

The fundamental offense of the Covington Catholic High School kids wasn't so much allegedly mobbing, mocking or getting in the face of an American Indian drummer at the Lincoln Memorial. It was wearing red Make America Great Again hats. That was the...

 

Student Debt Draining Retired Income

A lot is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal writer AnnaMaria Andriotis reported Americans over 60 years old are coming...

 

Nation of Law

Four Washington state counties announced they will not enforce Initiative 1639, and more may follow. I don’t understand. I was taught in high school civics class we are a federal, constitutional democracy. I remembered the words but didn’t quite...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 31, 2019

Pet Peeves Laws against dwarf tossing. What’s going on at City Hall, and what’s it gonna cost us all? Okeydokes The man putting wood chips along dike between McDonald Park and Golf Course. Colfax PD for continuing to serve us despite slim...

 

A Different Brexit

Maybe British Prime Minister Theresa May needs to change her country's Brexit focus. Instead of severing ties with the European Union, maybe she should address the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and disunite them. It w...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Get Over It – Trump's Not Going Anywhere

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He's going to quit. He's going to be impeached and removed. He's going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he's going to relieve everyone of the...

 

Illegal Drug Epidemic

I visited a pot shop last week, something I thought I would never do. A senior citizen friend of mine has been experiencing rather severe knee pain and is trying to postpone an inevitable replacement. In the mean time, she has done almost...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 24, 2019

Pet Peeves Area gas prices The new Whitman Hospital compensation plan... What a joke!... Full story

 

'Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?'

In 1932, as the Great Depression took hold and once-proud Americans were reduced to begging, Bing Crosby recorded a song called "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" It became a hit, even though Republicans tried to force radio stations not to play it...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 24, 2019

The FBI Tramples Our Political Order

The FBI took it upon itself to determine whether the president of the United States is a threat to national security. No one had ever before thought that this was an appropriate role for the FBI, a subordinate agency in the executive branch, but Dona...

 

The Private Sector is Stepping Up for Tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national deficit approaches $22 trillion ($180,000 per taxpayer) and state and local governments...

 

Declaration of a Non-Candidate

After long and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for President of the United States in 2020. I realize this may come as a disappointment to my supporters, and I will leave my future options open, but the timing is just not right. This...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 17, 2019

Okeydokes 2019 looking forward to electing a new mayor!...

 

Truce With No Truth

Wouldn't it be astounding if we read the morning news one day and the headline was "Everything President Trump Said Yesterday Was Entirely True"? Put that one in the "not likely" category. Donald Trump has made lying an art form (a crude art form,...

 

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