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When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next month on March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors … more
The Legislature is in full swing and really the only question I have is what new spending, new agencies or confusing laws and regulations can they come up with in Olympia this year? I read Gov. … more
Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the Legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a … more
When the Legislature convened the 2022 session last month, lawmakers made long-term care their first order of business. It’s probably not a topic you thought about much until recently, but news … more
There’s no doubt about it. The Biden administration is working hard to pay the price for salmon recovery. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is just an example. We have never seen … more
The first order of business as Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who … more
After two years of COVID-19, many Washington families and small businesses could use a break. Fortunately, the Washington Legislature has the means to help. State lawmakers have more than $8.6 … more
After two years of COVID-19, many Washington families and small businesses could use a break. Fortunately, the Washington Legislature has the means to help. State lawmakers have more than $8.6 … more
When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully, our elected officials will as well.   It is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers — twice the size of … more
Two songs came to mind as I thought about the isolation we have all experienced in the last almost two years. One is the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” and the other is “Here” … more
‘Tis the season when we take stock of our lives and wonder if we are better off.  It prompts memories of “Christmases past” and wonderment about “Christmases … more
Increasing river flows to wash young salmon to sea works, however, once water goes down stream, it is gone.  What if we could recycle it in key parts of the Columbia River system allowing us to … more
A recent study by the University of Washington has shown that Seattle’s $15 minimum wage “did little to offset widening inequality.” This conclusion matches the research done across … more
For my own mental health, I have cut back on watching network news for a good while now, limiting myself to just a few minutes each day to catch the headlines. I can say without hesitation it was a … more
To “Build Back America” people must return to work. In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers whether they … more
Throughout Washington, the leaders of local chambers of commerce are busy delivering bags of toys to rural fire departments, enabling the firefighters to play Santa Claus for the children who live in … more
Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later.” The message: if you change your car’s oil and … more
We see them all around us this time of year, reminders to “be thankful.”  Do we really have anything to be thankful for?  We can certainly find a lot to not be thankful … more
It’s no surprise to longtime readers of this column that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not because of the food, although I love turkey as much as the next guy. (White meat, … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or a Clark … more
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