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Remember how state government had a $15 billion budget surplus during this year’s legislative session? At the time, I and other Republicans said some of that should be returned to the people, … more
On June 6, the Battle Ground City Council voted against Clark County’s Proposition 11 for public safety funding. As leaders of a grassroots effort to fight crime in our communities, we support … more
The potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Calls for gun control. Disclosures from investigations by the House Jan. 6 Committee. The last few months — especially the last two weeks — … more
Harold Kushner, the rabbi, author and teacher who wrote the best seller, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” wrote another book I reread recently.  The book is titled … more
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly. There were reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals, … more
As an education fanboy, I often have opportunities to advise young people about their education options. As an educator at heart, I take these opportunities seriously, and I have given the question … more
It’s hard to prepare for the future if you’re only checking the rearview mirror. That’s why the AWB Institute has launched a new tool called FutureCast that provides employers, … more
It’s hard to prepare for the future if you’re only checking the rearview mirror. That’s why the AWB Institute has launched a new tool called FutureCast that provides employers, … more
Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered.  It was called “just-in-time” production. … more
Hardly any morning goes by without yet another act of violence or tragedy in this country. That, or another act that makes no sense perpetrated by our own government. Some of these are on the … more
Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and … more
Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and farms. It is money … more
This spring marks two years since Washington state reported the first two COVID-19 deaths in the United States. During this time, hospitals across the state have dealt with scores of patients, while … more
The Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, … more
The soaring inflation rate has turned trips to the gas station, grocery store, shopping mall and restaurants into nerve-wracking experiences. Not to mention buying a used car or a sheet of plywood. … more
The news that President Joe Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration may be good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices at the … more
A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States, and child abuse and neglect cost our nation $220 million every day in investigations, foster care placements, medical and mental … more
Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those fields. In late … more
With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic … more
Looking back at the 2022 state legislative session, it’s hard not to be disappointed at the missed opportunities.  Yes, lawmakers accomplished some things that are good for the economy, … more
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