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 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Farewell

As I complete my final weeks in Congress, it is only natural to reflect on the past 20 years. It has truly been my honor and privilege to serve you and represent those who call Central Washington home in Congress.  Whether it’s helping seniors...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Protecting American workers and their paychecks

  Every day, I hear from hardworking people in Central Washington who are struggling to support their families and put food on the table. At a time when three-quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, the Obama Administration is im...

 
 By Doc Hastings    Opinion    November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Message

 Thanksgiving is a day that we as a nation take time out from our busy lives to gather with family and friends to give thanks for our many blessings. America’s first Thanksgiving celebration is traced to 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After an...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings 4th District    Opinion    May 8, 2013

Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

Somewhere along the way, most of us have had a teacher who influenced our lives in a big way. Perhaps a teacher encouraged us to pursue a particular interest or skill, challenged us to push the limits and achieve more, or saw something in us that we...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings 4th District    Opinion    April 24, 2013

Obama administration tactics violate due process

Last summer, news reports broke that the U.S. Department of Labor was effectively holding hostage the crops of blueberry farmers in Oregon until they signed documents agreeing to alleged violations to federal labor laws. Since then, similar cases hav...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings 4th District    Opinion    November 28, 2012

We must work together to prevent across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases

There is no question that the past few years have been challenging for many Americans. Americans have weathered 45 straight months of unemployment ranging from 7 to 10 percent. After four years of running trillion-dollar deficits, our national debt...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    October 17, 2012

Making Central Washington cabin fees fair and affordable

Almost a century ago, the U.S. Forest Service established a program for Americans to build cabins on small lots of forest land. The goal of the program was to encourage public recreation and enhance the stewardship of our National Forests. Many of...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    August 22, 2012

Preserving our dams, protecting our way of life

It is easy to forget how important the dams are to our everyday lives in the Pacific Northwest. Without these dams, our energy bills would be higher, the Columbia Basin wouldn’t have the thousands of acres of green fields and orchards that feed...

 
 By Doc Hastings    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Keeping the federal government out of our backyards

When the Clean Water Act was signed into law in 1972, the intent was clear - the federal government, working with the states, should ensure that our water quality is protected. Although this is a goal embraced by all Americans, the scope and...