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 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

Age-Old Gaffes

When Joe Biden says he's running for president, he means it literally. He likes to be seen jogging around at his various campaign events. Obviously, that's his way of showing that at 76, he's not too old for the grueling physical and mental challenge...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

Epstein Was Allowed to Game the System

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you're a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: August 22, 2019

Businesses want us to shop local, however they are closed Monday, Tuesday and sometimes on Wednesday....

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

Drones Planting Trees In Burned Wildlands

While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

Trump Must Go

I’m still looking for an alternative for Donald Trump in 2020. I agree with almost everything negative that has been said of him. He is obnoxious, he makes unnecessary enemies, he is undiplomatic, he does not command loyalty, he generates hate,...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Statesmanship, not Hatesmanship

It has become routine: President Donald Trump spends a golfing break at one of his properties. Tragically, horrific gun massacres also have become part of the routine, two of them just the other weekend, one of them clearly the consequence of a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Enough With Violent White Supremacists

At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK. It conducted an operation that infiltrated, manipulated and ran the group into the ground. With violent white hate again on the rise, we...

 

Pet Peeves And Okeydokes: August 15, 2019

#!*! WHY??? Is gas in Dusty 3.199 and in town 3.09??...

 

Battery Operated Locomotives Coming

More battery operated cars and trucks are making their way on to streets and highways, so why not trains? That may not be too far off if BNSF tests are successful. BNSF and Wabtec (formerly GE Transportation) are developing a battery-electric...

 

Stop the Madness

I realize every writer with a second hand computer will sit down at their keyboard this week and write about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. I hope you read them all. Some will be emphatic that the only way to stop the shootings is to eliminate...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Pelosi and Mueller's Mush

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing a sophisticated game. Since her Democrats took the House, she's the one who has steadfastly fought off a hasty plunge into the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In the process, she has appeared to resist...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 8, 2019

'Moscow Mitch' Is a Ridiculous Smear

There was a time when the left considered McCarthyism the worst of all political tactics. That was before it became useful to question Mitch McConnell's loyalty to his country. The Senate majority leader's offense is blocking Democratic-sponsored...

 

Careful Not to Follow Sweden's Haste

Sweden and Washington State are very similar. Both have strong “green” movements and are quickly moving to eliminate all carbon-emitting fuels from cars and power plants. The caution for Washington elected officials is not to jam through hastily...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Everyone Needs a Happy Place

When our legs began to complain about the climb into the overhead bunk of our camper, my wife and I bought a year-round cabin on the Pend Oreille River. It has become our get away when the normal pressures of life need release. One such day last...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 1, 2019

The Trump Dump

What a sad debate between those who contend that Donald Trump fires off his increasingly hateful comments because he's cleverly trying to distract and those who insist it's because he simply has no impulse control. Is his racism uncontrolled or is...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Ilhan Omar Holds America in Contempt

Beto O'Rourke, the losing Texas senator candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole. The former congressman told a roundtable of...

 

Alternative to Flaring Natural Gas

In oil rich West Texas, shale producers and pipeline owner Williams Co. are fighting over whether new “burning off of natural gas” permits should be approved. It is a battle between companies which are usually aligned. Flaring happens primarily...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Socialism is a One-Way Trip to Disaster

A few years ago, I had occasion to examine potential threats to our democracy. The national debt, exportation of wealth, and our economic dependence on foreign countries headed my list of concerns. My list was unchanged until recently. I believe our...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    July 25, 2019

President Bunker

It's obvious to many people that our president, Donald Trump, is really Archie Bunker in the age of social media. The problem is, we have to deal with President Bunker. He is our duly elected chief executive, after all. So it's essential that...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Middle-Class Joe Cashes In

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as "Middle-Class Joe," made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. According to one estimate, it takes an...

 

Pet Peeves And Okeydokes

YYYY Outstanding job on Main Street Colfax improvements – murals, window art and fresh storefronts. #!*! Our Government and Citizens that have Champagne and Caviar spending habits when they have a Tap Water and Top Ramen income. 22 Trillion debt??...

 

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