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Washington voters will be asked this fall how much salmon recovery is worth. How committed are they to supporting programs that reduce carbon pollution and help communities withstand the … more
While wind and solar farms generate greenhouse gas-free electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment, especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and … more
A dozen years ago, the state Supreme Court declared our state’s approach to funding K-12 education had failed. Some legislators wanted to respond to the historic ruling in McCleary v. … more
Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor, is smooth, I’ll give him that much. Yet, when it comes to the truth, he plays pretty fast and loose. He knows he’s considered the “expert,” … more
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the partnership between treaty tribes and our state co-managers to establish salmon fisheries. Each spring since 1984, we’ve held a series of … more
Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor, is smooth, I'll give him that much. Yet, when it comes to the truth, he plays pretty fast and loose. He knows he's considered the "expert," so he often delivers … more
From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. … more
Blocking a bad piece of legislation can often be as important as passing a good bill. That’s why Republican senators took a moment to cheer a few months ago when, in the face of intense … more
A recent Letter to the Editor stated “Many citizens question past elections.” As the elected official responsible for conducting elections in Clark County, I urge anyone with questions or … more
On March 22, Islamic terrorists attacked a theater in Moscow, killing 143 people. A branch of ISIS quickly claimed responsibility and posted a video of the attack to support their claim. Russia … more
With candidate filing week now behind us, the 2024 election season is in full swing. Democrat leaders in our state are no doubt looking ahead to the August primary and November general election … more
For a dozen years, Republican Third Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler represented Southwest Washington in Congress with a focus on helping her constituents. Before that, she … more
Republicans see absolutely no need for an income tax in Washington. Thanks to unanimous support from Republican legislators, Initiative 2111 was passed on March 4. It outlaws any income tax at any … more
Today marks the 201st birthday of a Canadian woman whose loving selfless acts of service saved many lives throughout the Pacific Northwest. Esther Pariseau was born April 16, 1823, on a farm … more
In 1904, the ice cream cone was invented, the United States began construction of the Panama Canal, and a group of employers came together in Seattle to form the Citizens’ Alliance, which later … more
The last three to four years have been difficult for many of us, not the least of which are the financial burdens. As I write this, gasoline is up more than 40 cents per gallon to over $4 in the last … more
In Washington this year, we hope to again escape the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River water system flowed at normal levels in recent years, which is good for … more
Recent announcements from U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Derek Kilmer that they will not seek re-election to Congress caught the political world by surprise. They are both relatively young and … more
In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
We all remember the “pivot” during COVID. In 48 hours, schools had to balance and sometimes choose between student safety and education. Several inches of snow, freezing rain and cold … more
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