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Democrats have taken control of the legislature in Washington state and they plan to pass a number of bills that have been held up for years by those troublesome Republicans. Here is a list of some of their agenda: Carbon tax – Liberals have been calling for a carbon tax for years as a program...
It has become amazingly clear in the last couple of years that our customers no longer rely on our printed newspaper to get their information. In fact, our on-line editions have grown to the point that the unique visitors to our websites are running about 4 times our print edition subscribers....
Commenting on a tour of school children at the capitol on Monday, Seattle Times reporter Joe O'Sullivan tweeted:"Docent explaining executive branch to school children: 'I would say we have a state auditor - and we usually do.'"This qualifier is very troubling for several reasons but especially with...
A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation's ongoing war against Islamic militants. "The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful," he said. "[T]his Congress, the very...
One sentence sums up the last 10 years of Washington's environmental policy."I will stay away from the math and instead tell you all a short story about my son."That is how former Washington State Department of Ecology Director and President of the Washington Environmental Council Jay Manning began...
We are becoming an increasingly lazy society. We want simple solutions to complex problems and preferably we want someone else to do the work and pay the bill.Consider for example, increasing the minimum wage to $15. Politicians promise that by creating a living wage we can eliminate welfare...
The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.People with...
The fundamental constitutional freedoms that have made America exceptional are being questioned and challenged.The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and religion. It is one of our bedrock principles. There are no limits to those freedoms as written. No place that...
As a local pastor I am not a newspaper editor. However, I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor by Norm Luther of Spokane. Mr. Luther wrote in as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue of same-sex marriage in order to urge the editor (and readers too, I assume) to "......
The city of San Francisco, was the main appeal for me. The scenic countryside of California was the main appeal for her. One of the greatest travel experiences I can recall was a road trip with my mother in the spring of 2008. We covered two states (California and Oregon), yet still managed to see...

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