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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
Every public opinion survey taken lately shows that a majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. We are frustrated with COVID-19 and the government’s response, … more
Legislation that is terrible for most of Washington is motoring through the state Legislature as the end of the 2022 session draws near.  It’s the so-called “Move Ahead … more
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
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
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
My grandma on my mother’s side had a favorite saying: “what cannot be cured must be endured.” As a child, I never really liked it when she would tell me that because it usually … more
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