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 By Todd Myers    Opinion    December 1, 2022 

COMMENTARY

SEATTLE–Proposals to remove the four Lower Snake River (LSR) dams: Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and Lower Monumental, to aid in salmon recovery efforts would transform Washington from a...

 

COMMENTARY

By Howard Smith A drive down memory lane… If my memory serves me right, I had Mrs. Watson for Third Grade, Mrs. Manning for Fourth Grade, Mrs. Cox for Fifth Grade, Mr. Kirk for Sixth Grade, Mr. Hewlett for Seventh Grade and Mr. McGee for Eighth...

 

OPINION

Last week I participated in a live online debate with Tim Garchow, Executive Director of the Washington State School Directors Association. We were asked to debate the question: "What does it mean to have local control over educational decisions in...

 

Guest Commentary

Forest health, climate change, and a plan that got almost no input before being announced is at the heart of the “carbon project” announced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources last week. The project, developed by Finite...

 

OPINION

For months I’ve been asking the Department of Revenue (DOR) if it plans to collect the capital gains income tax that was ruled unconstitutional by an Inslee-appointed judge on March 1. The answer has consistently been: “That decision has not...

 

Commentary

POMEROY–It is time to fall back one hour on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2 a.m. Do you remember having one less hour of sleep last March 13, 2022, when we moved our clocks forward by one hour? I do. It made things tough for a week or two while I...

 

OPINION

Nine hundred and seventy five days later, the Governor’s emergency orders related to COVID-19 are finally ending after today. Now begins the next steps for legislative reforms and a court date before the state Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court...

 

OPINION

The annual Ernst and Young report to the Council on State Taxation (COST) continues to illustrate the struggle business owners in Washington State are having to meet the ever-increasing tax burden...

 

GUEST COMMENTARY

Have you seen the advertisement in which a Labrador turns into a wolf? A narrator tells the viewer, “All dogs, no matter what breed, are descended from wolves …” The trouble with advertisements like that is the implication that wolves are...

 

OPINION

The Citizen Action Defense Fund (CADF), a local government watchdog nonprofit in our state that files lawsuits, sent the Department of Revenue (DOR) a letter today demanding the agency stop its rule-making activities to implement the capital gains in...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Where has the sportsmanship gone? Since we moved to Pomeroy a couple years ago, I'm surprised and disappointed to see how our Pomeroy football team continues to run up scores week after week. I don't see it with other sports but...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–Unless the legislature decides to step in and require transparency for state government employee compensation talks, they will continue to be conducted in secret based on an agreement the Governor's office recently reached with union offici...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, “Society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right, but nobody has a responsibility.” John G Stevens The State of Washington has been run by one party for the last few years. A dictator with executive power has kept our...

 

Guest Commentary

In August, I wrote about Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee negotiating away a COVID-19 booster requirement that he placed on some state workers in June. He said the requirement would bring a public health benefit and “ensure the health of our...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Have you noted, like I have, that when evil cracks a door it is never satisfied until it forces that door to its limits. Let's look, look at abortion on demand. It started out in 1973 that an abortion could only take place in the 1st t...

 

OPINION

Governor Inslee announced today that he will finally end governing under an emergency order, after more than 900 days, on October 31. When the legislature next convenes it should ensure that this type of ongoing emergency governance without...

 

OPINION

On February 29, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a declaration of an emergency related to the COVID pandemic. Since then, the Governor has issued numerous emergency orders either waiving various laws and/or imposing restrictions on citizens and...

 

GUEST COMMENTARY

As the senator representing WSU-Pullman, tuition costs have always been of particular interest to me. The Biden administration’s controversial plan to “forgive” hundreds of billions of dollars i...

 

OPINION

Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson recently announced he opposes the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Washington state, claiming “This pipeline is bad for the environment and bad for...

 

Reality on the Governor's Snake River dam report

Todd Myers, Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center and member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, released this statement regarding the release of the governor's report on the...

 

CDC acknowledges changing situation with COVID-19; Inslee has some catching up to do

Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said COVID-19 recommendations will no longer differentiate based on vaccination status. CDC officials told reporters the new guidelines acknowledge that most Americans have some...

 

Guest Commentary

By Jomo Thomas ‘If Covid were a battlefield, it would still be warm with the bodies of the unvaccinated.” Thankfully the mandates are letting up, and both sides of the war stumble back to the new normal. The unvaccinated are the heroes of the las...

 

Politicians aren't responsible for high gas prices? Oh, give us a break

OLYMPIA–Ever since gas prices shot into the stratosphere, I’ve been hearing a chorus of apologists declare that elected officials aren’t responsible for high gas prices. Well, I happen to be an elected official, and I don’t think that’s...

 

Guest Commentary

By Camela McKinley East Washingtonian Guest Columnist “You should believe what you want to believe, in this country.” I quote that exactly. I ran to write it down the second after I heard it. It was stated by an anti-vaxxer who was part of a...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Abortion is not a constitutional right. The government should not ban, promote or fund abortions. Abortion is a personal decision and responsibility of the parties involved only. What I do not understand people rioting and protesting...

 

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