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Students in our K-12 public schools are clearly struggling with the “three Rs” — reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Only 32.6% of the fourth graders and eighth graders tested … more
One year from now, in February 2024, we will mark the 50th anniversary of federal Judge George Boldt’s ruling in United States vs. Washington, which affirmed tribes’ treaty-reserved … more
For many Washingtonians, the 2023 property tax statements that came in the mail this month produced the same “sticker shock” they’ve felt when buying things like groceries and fuel. … more
Washington state is facing a clear and present danger to constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of conscience. Everyone who cares about our foundational values needs to get … more
While the coronavirus clobbered many businesses, pharmacies were not among them. In fact, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, local pharmacists have become vital … more
Many people don’t remember Mary Surratt. Her name has been mostly lost to history.  Surratt was executed for being a co-conspirator on President Abraham Lincoln's murder by John Wilkes … more
Six weeks into the 2023 legislative session, the state Senate has reached the end of its first round of work. The calendar we adopted on the session’s opening day set Feb. 17 as the … more
Washington’s laws concerning police pursuits and the possession of hard drugs were both changed in 2021. The mistakes made then by the Democrat majority have turned these into the top two … more
Who says Congress is so gridlocked that nothing is accomplished? Consider what happened last December when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation streamlining regulations for projects … more
I am regularly asked if schools are fully recovered from the pandemic. While we have made great strides in addressing the multiple challenges, not all families can be considered back to normal. … more
One of the biggest challenges facing Washington employers today continues to be a lack of qualified workers. Even with rising inflation and growing concern about a potential recession, workforce … more
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures … more
The Legislature is back in session and parents (and all who care about their community’s schools) should pay attention to how some powerful state lawmakers are pushing to roll back local … more
I don’t know anyone who would choose to live next to a big, noisy international airport, or have sexually violent predators for neighbors.  Through no fault of their own, people in the … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former … more
This year’s legislative session is already more than two weeks along, and leading Democrats in our state have yet to publicly express any interest in solving the learning loss in our … more
One of the federal government’s primary roles as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is national security, establishing and maintaining a military, so it stands to reason our leaders would do … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January.  Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
Yelm Community Schools is a unique title for districts across the state of Washington. We are the only district that formally acknowledges that it takes the entire community to operate quality … more
The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying rates for the last year, … more
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