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 By Charlotte Baker    Opinion    April 8, 2021 

COMMENTARY

As you may have already read, the House Democrats passed H.R. 1 with little opposition, paving the way for Senate approval, where, if passed, it will transfer election authority to the federal government, where there is no oversight. Just this...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 8, 2021 

On the Edge of Common Sense

When it’s springtime in the Rockies And my lips are turning blue I’ll be slogging through the blizzard like a brain dead caribou… Ah, springtime. That first hint of life beginning anew, the...

 
 By Rep. Joe Schmick    Opinion    April 8, 2021 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–Over a decade ago, in November of 2007, Washington voters proved their intelligence, foresight, and practicality by approving the state’s constitutional “rainy-day fund.” Here is an excerpt from the Voters’ Guide: “Every year 1%...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, HR 1 “For the People Act” simplified! This summary does not list every single change in the election laws [800 pgs]. HR 1 “For the People Act” cuts State Voter ID, you just sign that you are the voter. And the election...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–This past week was an important one in the Senate, as the majority Democrats released their operating budget, capital budget and transportation budget proposals for 2021-23. As its name...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 1, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Have I got a deal for you! Got this horse on a trade. He don’t squint half as bad ridin’ him in the shade. I know he limps a little. Yer eyeball is astute. But fair is fair, my friend, so...

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion    April 1, 2021

OPINION

The poor are oppressed by the incompetent. It is a phrase that increasingly rings in my ears as I watch government bureaucracies and politicians provide false hope instead of tangible assistance. The...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–We've seen a lengthy list of very contentious and unnecessary bills this session that would make it more expensive to work, live and raise a family in Washington state. The one that rises...

 

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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 25, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Imagine you were a livestock man in medieval England a thousand years ago. It’s early spring. Snow on the ground, mud in the cow lot. You walk the small pasture where the heavy heifers are kept....

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion    March 25, 2021

OPINION

Washington state pays the highest Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) in the country, $16.34 an hour. The AEWR acts as a de facto minimum wage for the federal H-2A temporary worker visa program. The H-2A program allows farmers and ranchers all over the...

 

OPINION

A recent study by the State Policy Network illustrates hospitality industry job losses from January 2020 to January 2021 and, unfortunately, Washington State has some of the highest number of jobs...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–It's been more than two months since Gov. Jay Inslee announced his "Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery" plan on January 5. While I am grateful that all of Washington is now in Phase 2...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 18, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

He’s the tumbleweed chef and rides with the wagon Ahead of the thunderin’ herd. His pots and pans clack like a diamondback’s rattle. He growls or he don’t say a word. His face is a roadmap....

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–Washington State House and Senate Republicans announced their Washington ‘Open Safe and Open Now’ plan earlier this month. The plan recommended re-opening Washington immediately...

 

The Future of the Columbia-Snake River System

By Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), and Russ Fulcher (ID-01). WASHINGTON D.C.–The Columbia-Snake River System transformed our region from a dry,...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–Agriculture isn't only a way of life and a key job provider in Garfield County, the 9th District and other rural parts of our state, it also is a huge part of Washington's economy....

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 11, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“A fine lookin’ horse you’ve got there (if yer into modern art) I had a horse like that one time (but he wasn’t very smart) I’d guess that he’s part thoroughbred (and part Catahoula hound)...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–Truly unbelievable. A Senate floor vote to impose an income tax has occurred before the March 17 Revenue Forecast and budget release. The state Senate has taken the first step towards imposing an income tax with a 25-24 Saturday vote on SB...

 
 By Rep. Mary Dye    Opinion    March 4, 2021

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–You’ve heard about the city dweller who was asked, “Where does your meat and food come from?” His reply: “From the grocery store.” In Eastern Washington, we know better. These days, we wonder if our Seattle/Puget Sound environment...

 

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