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I am an optimist. I know this about myself. I always try to look at a situation from a “glass half full” perspective. I try to find the middle ground in most issues I write about. … more
As the world becomes increasingly dynamic and interconnected, the importance of making informed decisions about education, training and employment has never been more evident. Yelm Community Schools … more
There is an axiom: Don’t let “the perfect” get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to … more
By Liv Finne Washington Policy Center Earlier this year Senator John Braun (R-Centralia) introduced SB 5248 to provide funding for individual tutoring to help students recover from the … more
This letter is regarding the search warrant that was just executed on Green Hill School by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET). Green Hill School is the state of Washington’s long-term … more
Our shared natural resources are our shared responsibility. Following federal Judge Edward Rafeedie’s 1994 ruling in U.S. v. Washington, state and tribal co-managers have a legal … more
In today’s economy, along with the high cost of college and changing social attitudes about a degree’s value in some fields, employers are increasingly questioning the need to require job … more
With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now, student loan … more
The newspaper recently allowed me to share my reflections as a former House Republican leader on two lawmakers who represent the 20th Legislative District, Sen. John Braun and Rep. Peter Abbarno. In … more
Inflation is cooling but gas prices are spiking. Mortgage rates rose above 7% in August for the first time in 22 years, and they might not be done going up. Fears of an imminent recession have … more
My name is Mikhail. I’m a believer, an American citizen, life-long conservative, husband and father, and I was born in Ukraine. For the last eight years I’ve regularly traveled to the … more
I am very excited to be joining Yelm Community Schools as your new superintendent. After spending over 25 years serving students in Olympia and Tumwater, I feel honored to be part of the amazing … more
Growing up in the 1960s, our parents blamed everything on “The Beatles.”  According to them, they were “the punks” from Liverpool who caused all the teenagers to go … more
With the Seattle Mariners just one game out of first place in the American League West, my mind has turned to America’s pastime. Do you love baseball? Many Americans do. In fact, most … more
I was fortunate to attend a Joe Kent Washington District 3 event October 2022 held in Bucoda — with guest speaker Tulsi Gabbard. It was very crowded in the park that afternoon with … more
Prior to stepping down earlier this year, I had the privilege of serving as House Republican leader in the Washington state House of Representatives for five years. In that role, I worked closely … more
A big green bus with an image of a boy wearing a superhero cape rolled across the state the first week of August. The boy, as well as a young girl leaping in the air on the other side of the … more
More than 80 years ago, when the Japanese attacked U.S. battleships at Pearl Harbor, men throughout the nation rushed to enlist in the military to fight the nation’s enemies. But to win that … more
To the voters of the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority: The Southeast Thurston Fire Authority Board of Commissioners would like to thank the citizens for supporting our recent levy restoration. … more
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of columnist Julie McDonald’s interview with Third Congressional District candidate Joe Kent. Parts one and two can be found at … more
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