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Disagreements are nothing new. As long as there have been people, choices and politics, there have been differences of opinion. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson disagreed strongly on the role … more
More than 80 years ago, when the Japanese attacked U.S. battleships at Pearl Harbor, men throughout the nation rushed to enlist in the military to fight the nation’s enemies. But to win that … more
Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of columnist Julie McDonald’s interview with Third Congressional District candidate Joe Kent. Parts one and two can be found at … more
At the request of a writer friend, I met with Third District congressional candidate Republican Joe Kent last month and asked him questions about his political beliefs. He answered with confidence, … more
After Joe Kent sat at our table in Ramblin’ Jack’s Ribeye in Napavine last month, I told the 3rd District Republican candidate for Congress — who beat U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said that it’s going to take all of us working together to recover salmon. He also said, “Tell the truth.” The truth is that sometimes we … more
The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good — a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy, especially for cherry growers who have struggled over the last … more
Until President Joe Biden signed the Chips and Science Act (CSA) last year, companies, such as Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), looked elsewhere to build plants costing … more
Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government. With … more
The real impact of higher gas prices is not only felt at the pump. The real impact of higher gas prices is felt at the kitchen table. It is kitchen table issues such as the cost of food, utilities … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and stockpiles is setting off global alarms. It has American manufacturers in a bind as they ramp up domestic electric vehicle (EV) … more
We hear about the “true meaning of Christ mas” every December. Why don’t we hear about the “true meaning of Father’s Day” every June? The first official … more
This year, the Washington Legislature passed a controversial bill that will allow runaways to evade their parents and stay under state custody if the children are looking for abortions or sex change … more
B race yourself. Your paycheck in July will probably be a little smaller. That’s when the state will begin collecting premium payments for its long-term care insurance program, called WA … more
When Oregon enacted the nation’s first bottle bill in 1971, it was intended to reduce litter on the state’s beaches, along roads and in parks. It was a cleanup, not a recycling program. … more
The deal reached between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to increase our nation’s debt limit was a welcome compromise. It appears to avert our nation’s … more
Last year, our Democratic colleagues felt compelled to brag that the Legislature had adjourned on schedule five sessions in a row, with no need to go into overtime. It was presumably an attempt to … more
Salmon extinction is not an option, but harvest management alone is not going to get us to recovery. In April, the treaty tribes in western Washington and our state co-manager finalized the … more
When I talk to constituents in the 20th Legislative District about issues affecting our communities and state, many have expressed to me a deep distrust in our governing institutions. This … more
The energetic kid badly wanting to sign up for an after school program. The words- loving student struggling to hear their teacher’s stories. The parent desperate to find help for their kid for … more
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