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Proponents of WA Cares inspired an opinion piece I wrote for The Washington State Standard titled, “ WA Cares is not a good answer for people in need. ” It ran on May 3.  … more
June is here, and the start of summer is just around the corner. A year ago, the first day of summer had Washington moving in front of California to have the highest gas prices in the nation. As … more
Editor, In his article on Washington salmon fisheries management, Ed Johnstone calls for greater emphasis on habitat protection and restoration, not harvest management alone, to help recover … more
Editor, Respectfully, to my community I ask several questions. Please read them and contemplate how you would answer. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the Yelm Community Center, … more
From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. … more
Do you sleep well? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. After looking at articles about sleep, here’s what I found:  We all know that good sleep equals good health. We are … more
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the partnership between treaty tribes and our state co-managers to establish salmon fisheries. Each spring since 1984, we’ve held a series of … more
Editor, I am dismayed each time I see high school students protesting for something essential that earlier generations enjoyed and took for granted … and now deny to younger generations. … more
Editor, It has been shocking to see the Yelm school district levy fail and the accompanying job losses. One positive thing we can do is elect representatives who will support state funding for … more
Editor, I am a freshman at Yelm High School, an honor roll student, who cares about the education system. Without the school, I wouldn't be here now. I am writing this to voice my concerns on … more
During the first half of May, administrators at the University of Washington patiently negotiated with pro-Hamas protesters about voluntarily dismantling their illegal encampment at the center of the … more
Editor,  I was so saddened by the failure of the Yelm Public Schools levy not passing for the second time. I am an 88-year-old widow living on a fixed income, and I have never voted against … more
With candidate filing week now behind us, the 2024 election season is in full swing. Democrat leaders in our state are no doubt looking ahead to the August primary and November general election … more
With candidate filing week now behind us, the 2024 election season is in full swing. Democrat leaders in our state are no doubt looking ahead to the August primary and November general election … more
Blocking a bad piece of legislation can often be as important as passing a good bill. That’s why Republican senators took a moment to cheer a few months ago when, in the face of intense … more
Unfortunately, it’s animal fighting season in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington state Gambling Commission encourages reporting of animal fighting to help stop these terrible acts. Our … more
Editor, School districts are unique, in that people have the right to engage in something they might not fully understand, leading to real consequences for children and staff. From comments I … more
For a dozen years, Republican Third Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler represented Southwest Washington in Congress with a focus on helping her constituents. Before that, she … more
In 1904, the ice cream cone was invented, the United States began construction of the Panama Canal, and a group of employers came together in Seattle to form the Citizens’ Alliance, which later … more
Republicans see absolutely no need for an income tax in Washington. Thanks to unanimous support from Republican legislators, Initiative 2111 was passed on March 4. It outlaws any income tax at any … more
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