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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Mother gave me a small box of old pocket watches and a book entitled “A Practical Course in Horology.” It was a Christmas gift. A family heirloom, of sorts. “I don’t know if you’ve got...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–The Thurston County Superior Court issued a ruling last Friday (June 11) in the lawsuit the Secretary of State filed against the Governor for clarification on how to handle his simultaneous two-handed and off-camera signings of two...

 

Commentary

Editor’s note: With all the hate, discrimination and wokeness happening at this time, I thought I would share this editorial from Holly Butcher of what is important in life, and what is not, when I came across this piece posted by Earthmonk on Face...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 10, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

The steer that topped the show this year was partly Chianina. The bull that threw the biggest calf was partly Simmental. The carcass class was swept away by three-eighths Limousiners The Gelbvieh...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Your editorial really Nails It. And for some the vaccine is a danger. They may have “antibiotic dependent enhancement syndrome, where-in the vaccine can cause a cytokine storm, your Immune System turns against your body. There are...

 

Commentary

I was recently sent a cartoon picturing a man standing next to a spaceship and an alien holding a sign which read “Take me to you leader.” The man replies: “You’ve sorta come at a bad time....” It got me thinking of the state of affairs in...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 3, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

If it were possible to clone human beings from history, what would they be doing today? For instance, if we were somehow able to find a strand of DNA from Robin Hood, clone him and raise him in our...

 

OPINION

By Mark Harmsworth New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late Friday (May 21), require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing...

 

Guest Commentary

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late last Friday, May 21st, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing relaxation of...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 27, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

I wanna tell y’all a true story that happened to a friend of mine. Big Jim was judgin’ the rodeo at Burlington last year. They call him Big Jim ’cause he’s big as a round bale and twice as tou...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    May 27, 2021

OPINION

The Opportunity for All Coalition filed a lawsuit today to overturn the new income tax on capital gains (SB 5096). This is the second lawsuit to be filed against the tax. The plaintiffs are April Clayton (Red Apple Orchards), Kevin and Renee Bouchey...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 20, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Doctor, I’m here because I’m a . . . I’m a . . . “ “Relax. Many people have psychological conflicts. Lay back on the couch and tell me about it.” “Okay. It’s just that I don’t kno...

 

OPINION

The 2021 legislative session produced a mixed bag of results for small business owners. Lawmakers attempted to solve some of the systemic problems with unemployment benefits, taxation policy and...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 13, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“It’s for you,” his darlin’ told him as he lay back in the chair For a well deserved siesta. Ugh, it wasn’t really fair. It was Chuck, his nearest neighbor – did he have to call right now?...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler that will provide temporary property-tax relief for Malden-area residents and other Washington...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–House Bill 1091, the proposed "high-cost fuel standard" to improve the climate. Was passed on the final day of session, April 25, 2021. During my long drive home to Ritzville from Olympia...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 6, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

For those of you who forgot how easy it was to get started in farming let me tell you about my friend Con. Many years ago, he bought a farm in the wilds of Minnesota. The feller that sold him the...

 

Guest Commentary

As I gladly readjust to normal life in Ritzville after spending nearly every day of the past four months in Olympia, I have good news and bad news to report. The good news is that the 2021...

 

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