Opinion


Randy Agnew, Mayor of Rock Island
Aaron Viebrock assured everyone at the public meetings on April 6th that the commissioners had not “made up their minds” regarding the proposed new rates for high load users. But listening to the discussion of the commissioners after the public comment period was closed, it sure didn’t sound that...
I opened my email this morning to read an article by none other than the New York Times regarding the wisdom of “coronavirus absolutism.” Their lead on the article is: “In a public health emergency, absolutism is a very tempting response: People should cease all behavior that creates additional...

Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, represents the 12th Legislative District in the Washington State Legislature.
To say 2020 was a tough year would be an underestimate. If you had to rely on the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) it may have been exceptionally difficult. Last spring it is estimated that ESD lost up to $576 million in unemployment funds to a Nigerian fraud ring.  In October...

Dave Tikker, Executive Director Washington Secondary School Athletic Directors Association State B Basketball Co- Director
As I sit here in my home in Spokane, hoping for a timely return to school and activities, it’s hard to maintain a positive attitude about where we have been and where we are going as a state. Businesses such as restaurants and gyms have been shut down, most schools are in virtual learning mode...
Here we are two weeks from the 2020 presidential election and the television company ABC chose George Stephanopoulos (Stuffanoctopus), a former Clinton Administration staff member, to “moderate” the Joe Biden Town Hall. Seems a little biased, eh? One lifelong Democrat interviewing another...
An unsuccessful plot by a radical fringe group to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has raised concerns here in Washington state over the security of some of our elected officials, specifically Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Both have been the target of threats from hate...
As of early September, we have gone through a peak of disease in April and early May, a reduction in late May and June, and a second increase in July and August. Many businesses were closed in April and May then reopened. Some, including our schools, have continued to remain closed due to an...
Dear Editor, Regarding the electoral college, you write “the actual reason for that system is to give equality to rural citizens and not just allow the tyranny of majority urban voters to dominate the country.” But this is, quite simply, totally false. The electoral college neither protects rural...
Dear Editor,   Your opinion was very well written and very true. We suffer that in the Washington State elections because of the very issue you were describing. King County alone chooses our Governor and we on the East Side other smaller counties really have no say.    Laura Adams,...
PATEROS – If you ever entertain the notion that one person cannot make a difference or that your vote does not count, I submit for your consideration the case of the City of Pateros Emergency Medical Services Levy. Last April the EMS levy titled Proposition 1 Emergency Medical Care or Emergency...

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