Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Rep. Joel Kretz

It's time to open our economy and trust people


March 18, 2021

OLYMPIA — I have been advocating, since last spring, for a local approach to reopening our economy. I trust my local health departments and locally elected county officials to do the right thing for health and safety far more than I do Gov. Inslee or any other bureaucrat in Olympia.

In addition, the governor’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 “regional” approach to reopening Washington ignores the unique needs, makeup and habits of rural areas. Despite numerous letters and pleas from legislators, Inslee has chosen a very top-down approach to dealing with our economy, health, and the survivabil...

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