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Governor Inslee has seemed to push off responsibility for the welfare of the state to other state governmental entities so he can focus on what he’s really after, his environmental and tax agendas. Never in my over six decades have I seen a governo...

 

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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    January 14, 2021 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Grandpa Tommy’s dad used to say “A cowful is a substantial quantity.” According to my research, the rumen on a mature cow can hold up to 300 pounds. And by anybody’s standards that is quite a...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    January 14, 2021 

OPINION

The Senate Ways & Means Committee will hold a public hearing on January 14 at 4 p.m. on the Governor’s proposed income tax on capitals gains (SB 5096). Remote testimony is available and it is super easy to sign up for (I’ve already registered)....

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–Like many of you, I’m encouraged by the news in recent weeks that COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna have been approved by the federal government and that doses of these...

 

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On the Edge of Common Sense

Embarrassing moments. Nobody likes to talk about them. Oh, they’ll talk about slipping on the ice on their first date or getting bucked off a gentle horse. Other folks empathize and usually they...

 

OPINION

Imagine you walk into a grocery store and instead of shopping for food based on quality and price, the market does not post any prices. You fill up your shopping cart with anything that looks...

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the editor, In the December tenth edition of the East Washingtonian, there was a letter to the editor supporting voter fraud in the Presidential election. Generally, I read the letters to the editor, but before I read them, I do take note of the...

 

Inslee aims to pay for fish-barrier removal at expense of highway projects

OLYMPIA–When about two-thirds of legislators and I voted in 2015 for the “Connecting Washington” transportation package, we did so despite also passing a large gas-tax increase. We voted for...

 

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On the Edge of Common Sense

I consider myself among other things, a former horse mechanic. The horses I did veterinary work on were ranch and feedlot beasts of burden. Workin’ animals from man’s point of view. Up until...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–State law requires the governor to put a budget proposal on the table for legislators to consider, and that typically happens at this time of year. After seeing what Governor Inslee wants...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

He was the last burro left in the dusty corral. His two companions had been sold by the man. They were younger, stronger and finer looking even by burro standards, which are quite high. They were...

 

OPINION

Despite the budget being balanced, billions in reserve, and projected revenue growth of 7.2% the Governor is yet again proposing an income tax on capital gains in his new budget. Here are the details on his proposed 9% capital gains income tax. The G...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Political parties were never written into the Constitution, the Founding Fathers feared if they came to exist, they would tear the nation apart. Their worst fears were realized in the Civil War when the Republicans opposed to slavery...

 

Guest Commentary

It is the simple times that mean the most. Simplicity makes complex times in our lives more manageable. Closing our doors and staying at home, avoiding being out in the public, preserving our health and well-being. These have added uncountable...

 

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On the Edge of Common Sense

1. New baler twine to tie up last year’s five-buckle overshoes. 2. Something that will kill Canadian thistle. 3. A hot shot that works for more than a morning. 4. A dog that does more good out of...

 

OPINION

The government bureau that oversees Medicare and Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is required by law to track waste, fraud, and abuse in the entitlements. The federal...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, The attacks from within our country on our free and fair elections must stop. Republicans are being played for donations, rancor and virus spreading acts by the current impeached ‘occupant’ in our White House. In defending...

 

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OPINION

Despite the fact state revenues are forecasted to increase 10.7% during this biennia and 7.2% for 2021-23 (showing continued growth every year), a draft bill to impose a statewide "employer compensati...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Merlin the magician was hired by Doris Democrat, the “election stealing” Donkey, to win 2020 elections. Merlin hired Santa Claus and his tiny reindeer, what better way to cover the entire nation in a night. Merlin had demonstrated...

 

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