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Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering a ban on timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the board must ensure its healthy forest policies … more
The mountain of money keeps getting bigger. In mid-February, state officials released the latest economic forecast, and it showed revenue up again, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion. … 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
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 back. Irish … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said salmon are the measuring stick of our survival. He was referring to all of us. Salmon are the keystone that supports dozens of other species of fish and … more
An unfortunate theme developed in Olympia over the past decade. The theme is “we know better than you.” The theme presented itself recently in a marathon floor session in the state House … more
How about some good news as we continue to climb out of the darkest time of the year? We’ll start with the story of a crossing guard in Maryland. Cpl. Annette Goodyear was working her … more
For decades, there were higher-wage jobs in the trades that would take adults and recent high school grads without training. The “back in my day” crowd likes to tell of mill jobs that … more
Finally, we are seeing COVID-19 cases fall after the omicron surge, however our COVID-19 transmission rates still remain high. I wanted to share with you some of the recent guidance changes and the … more
We’ve surrendered way too much power over our lives to politicians, and it’s pretty clear they really don’t have our best interest most of the time. In the case of COVID-19, our … 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
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 bad idea. Now, some … more
Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October, they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four Lower Snake River … more
Somebody’s making money off COVID-19 testing for travelers. In the past, I’ve occasionally run away to a hotel or retreat to focus on writing a book, but last fall, I stumbled upon … more
First, a disclaimer: If you love going to the gym and it keeps you in shape, that’s great. Keep doing that. This blog isn’t for you. Go read a listicle about the best protein powders … more
We are only a couple of weeks into 2022 and it is already shaping up to be another challenging year for America’s 5.5 million family businesses dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Rampant … more
A bill scheduled for a public hearing this week (HB 1727) would ban citizen ballot measures in odd years, but still allow local governments to call special elections to increase taxes. A similar bill … more
On the news recently, I listened to a story about a Seattle police dog who was fatally stabbed by a robbery suspect. An officer on scene was also injured. If you are a dog lover like me, and you too … 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
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