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To the editor, I’m writing in support of Scott Marinella for Superior Court Judge. I have appeared in the Superior Courts of the three counties and recognize the uniqueness of each. I have also had the opportunity to work with Marinella as an...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    October 15, 2020 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I was sittin’ in the back row of a beautiful little church in a mountain town in the Rockies. I was there for the wedding of a daughter of good friends. As the service progressed, my attention was d...

 

Guest Commentary

By Liv Finne A new opinion poll shows a sharp increase in popular support for giving parents educational choices for their children, rather than automatic assignment to a traditional public school. The new poll shows an astounding recent rise in...

 

OPINION

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget outlook. Although the September revenue forecast didn’t make an...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas. It started with a trickle but then soon began to mass. In pens and cattle alleys on the new receiving side, The fall run was beginning and...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, I am writing in support of G. Scott Marinella for the position of Superior Court Judge. I am a Superior Court Judge in Spokane County, having served in this position for 16 years. Before that I served as a District Court Judge for 6...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast: “Forecasted Near GF-S revenue for the 2019-21 biennium is now...

 

A. F. Branco

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OPINION

By Alec Zimmerman The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a loan program overseen by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that helps businesses keep their workers em...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

You were just a dog. But a good dog. Right from the start. Your loyalty was never in question. And what you didn’t know, you didn’t know because I never took the time to teach you. When you were young I was harder on you. I expected you to...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, I had the opportunity to observe Brooke Burns practice law in my courts in the Hells Canyon Circuit, the Superior Courts of Asotin, Columbia, and Garfield counties, from 2006 until I retired in 2014. She was always well prepared,...

 

COMMENTARY

After viewing “social dilemma,” a Netflix documentary, I was enlightened to what is taking place in the social-media platforms and how they are influencing–even manipulating–our very ideas and courses of action. A few early Silicon Valley...

 

A. F. Branco

A. F. Branco...

 

OPINION

While people on the political left continue to demand a “Medicare for All,” single-payer health care system for the United States, Americans should understand the looming financial...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Mr. Moses remarked the other day he’d received a catalog in the mail from a western clothing outfit. He wasn’t sure who the outfit catered to, but the name ‘Long Island’ seemed to stick in his...

 

Commentary

Let’s take this forest management conversation a bit further than simply advocating logging responsibly. Let’s think outside the box...or, better yet, let’s think the way our grandparents and great-grandparents handled managing forest and...

 

A. F. Branco

A. F. Branco...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I have known and worked with many women in the feedlot business. Some as cowboys, some as vets, some as lay doctors, as cattle processors, feed-truck drivers, foremen (or forepersons) and managers...

 

OPINION

Smoke from forest fires filled the air in [Western] Washington and immediately the finger of blame was pointed at climate change. Prior to the recent fires, the 2020 fire season had been extremely...

 

A. F. Branco

A. F. Branco...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Catching avocado rustlers is sort of a cross between the Covid virus, wildfires, exchange students bearing addictive goodies and coon hunting. “All right, come down outta that tree and drop that...

 

A. F. Branco

A. F. Branco...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

They were just words. “Tear down the Berlin Wall!” Reagan to Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate, 1987 “Chance of rain.” Weatherman in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina, 2005. “Give me...

 

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