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My mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville where three students and three adults were shot to death is devastating. It … more
The Democrats in Washington state have pulled off yet another disastrous move, this time in their quest to address gun violence. They’ve passed an assault weapons ban, which is nothing more … more
President Joe Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate the replacement of gas/diesel … more
A majority of the state Senate’s Democrats have launched a surprise attack on one of the best friends Washington taxpayers have: the voter-endorsed law that limits the growth of property taxes … more
A troubling theme has emerged this past legislative session that should concern all Washingtonians regardless of political affiliation. The majority party in the state House has continually voted … more
Most things in schools really pick up pace after spring break. There are so many during and after school events to attend, but also many of our traditional school celebrations that we want the … more
Drugs in our state are clearly more lethal than firearms. Just look at King County, where 83 people were fatally shot in 2022, but more than 1,000 people fatally overdosed. With that disparity … more
On 10 occasions, Washington state residents have voted down proposals to create income taxes in Washington state and, until Friday, the state constitution was always interpreted to prohibit the … more
Salmon are a keystone species in the Pacific Northwest — a central part of the food chain and our way of life. Throughout the region, salmon runs are imperiled by the cumulative effects of … more
If ever there was a time for building up Washington’s rainy-day reserves, this is it. Warning signs continue to flash on an economy that has endured unprecedented stress during the last … more
Washington is unlike any other state when it comes to the number of homeless residents. Not in a good way. In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its Annual … more
I’m going to start this “turn off your phones” column with a call to first spend 80 minutes watching your screen. A movie called “Childhood 2.0” is definitely worth … more
Do you like the show “Yellowstone” or its spinoffs, “1883” and “1923?”   If you have not seen them, you should give them a try. Western TV shows and … more
The no-new-taxes operating-budget proposal introduced in the Senate this session is a welcome turnaround. To be clear, there is no more need for new taxes this year than there was in either 2019 … more
In the race to “electrify everything,” there are glitches which may derail the plan over the next 20 years.   One is a shortage of skilled electrical workers needed to rewire homes, … more
“It’s much more agreeable to offend and later ask for forgiveness than to be offended and grant forgiveness,” Friedrich Nietzsche once said. I would agree, wouldn’t you? … more
After trying for more than a dozen years to impose a carbon tax in our state, legislative Democrats succeeded in 2021. That’s the now-infamous session which also gave our state a new income … more
Earlier this month when President Joe Biden fastened the Congressional Medal of Honor around retired U.S. Army Col. Paris Davis’ neck, it was a welcome pause to the endless venomous rhetoric, … more
While the people were barred from the state Capitol during the 2021 legislative session by the pandemic and a tall metal fence, majority Democrats made several policy decisions that have caused great … more
Washington’s housing affordability crisis hurts every corner of the state. We’ve all heard stories. Nurses and grocery store employees can’t afford to live where they work. Young … more
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