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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
No one in the Pacific Northwest is exempt from the impacts of climate change. Rising global temperatures are intensifying floods, droughts and warming waters. Last summer’s heat dome led to … more
As someone who represents a largely rural district and leads a caucus of members who represent most of rural Washington, I have grown increasingly concerned about the Legislature’s inability to … 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 deadline for filing federal income taxes is later than usual this year. Tax Day was pushed back to April 18 to avoid coinciding with the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day … more
I have been a student of leadership for many years, which means I try to learn all I can about effective leadership. One of the life lessons I have learned that translated well to leadership is … more
It’s been a tough few weeks for Northwest law enforcement. Two officers — one in Everett and another in Pierce County — were killed by criminals with criminal histories prohibiting … 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
For two years, we’ve waited. We’ve watched the news, we’ve shopped online, we’ve missed birthdays, holidays and gatherings. But what about what we’ve missed as a … more
Cracker Jack announced last week the 126-year-old company will be packaging special-edition Cracker Jill snacks to support American female athletes through the Women’s Sports Foundation — … 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
Looking back at the 2022 state legislative session, it’s hard not to be disappointed at the missed opportunities. Yes, lawmakers accomplished some things that are good for the economy, like … 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 levels? Probably … more
Longtime readers of this column might have noticed that I seem to have a fondness for colorful characters, especially those who run for public office. It’s true. I’m fascinated by … more
Ukraine officially broke from the United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) in 1991 and became an independent nation. The Ukrainian nation has existed independently since that time. Russia, many … more
In the normal course of events, Washington lawmakers use a short legislative session to make small mid-term adjustments to the state’s current two-year budget or to tackle any pressing policy … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of coffee. … more
Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and … more
Last week, Washington’s mask mandate came to an end. The week also marked two years since the global COVID-19 pandemic really hit home. It’s a good time to examine what the heck just … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
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