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 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Has Biden forgotten our farmers?

Millions of Americans tuned in last Wednesday night to see what President Biden had to say about the first 100 days of his Administration and his plans for our country. Unfortunately for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Irritate a wrestler at your own risk

While at the Statesman Newspaper in Boise, I was assigned boxing and covered a single pro wrestling event. The promoter of both boxing and wrestling in Boise was Al Berra, who operated a tavern in the downtown area. Al was... — Updated 4/28/2021


A closer look into our property tax system

As your state senator, I am not opposed to taxes outright, but I do care greatly about the tax burden placed upon you. Taxes are applied to us at all levels of government (local, state, and federal), and government should always... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Rethinking natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left th... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Caution to the wind, for some

Sunshine is so seductive, which you certainly know if you ever went to a school in springtime with windows in the classroom. It can ruin your focus, draw you out, trash the best of intentions after a long, dark winter just ended.... — Updated 4/28/2021


The Democrats are changing the rules to win

The saying goes: if you can’t win the debate, change the rules. And that is exactly what the Democrats in Congress are doing. Over the past few weeks, Democrats in Congress have pressed forth numerous pieces of legislation to... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Wrong on both scores!

When I moved here, I thought with all this water I would get some boating and fishing in. I was wrong on both ideas. First, I bought a boat, a nice little boat, 17 foot long, as I recall. Paid $2,000 for it. I had been told that... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Carl Russell    Opinion

On the shooting area cleanup

A special THANK YOU to Katie & Jeff, Bob that came to help Evelyn & Carl Saturday cleaning up the gravel pit where people shoot rifles and shotguns. Evelyn & Carl helped Sunday afternoon along with a young man that was here for a... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Cheryl Pryor    Opinion

Take pride: upgrade local hero sign

I’m writing this letter in response to the recent article regarding updating the Shane Proctor Park. I would like to suggest a new sign be added to the updates. The old sign (made from a broken pallet) is an embarrassment. Our... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Brian Depew    Opinion

Media narrative distracts from focus on improving lives

Each of the past several elections has thrust rural people into the media spotlight. Rural and urban people are divided, the pundits tell us. Neither understands the lives of the other, the news reports read. I find the entire... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Why reforming the filibuster matters

As Washington turns its attention to infrastructure and other matters of policy, the Senate filibuster isn’t commanding quite the same headlines as it did a few weeks back. But that’s only because the issue is... — Updated 4/14/2021


Politicizing Violence for Political Gain

We all agree that senseless acts of violence are unacceptable, and in our nation of law and order, there is no room for gun violence. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is utilizing heartbreaking crimes to push its agenda.... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news from Hanford

It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Dept. of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on the massive federal reservation north of Richland.... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

School board right to pursue plans

The Grand Coulee Dam School District leadership is taking a good step forward by preparing for the day when funding becomes available to entities who already have plans in place for improvements. In fact, that’s exactly how the... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Tailor-made to fit, literally

P.Y. Yee put clothes on you that fit and were of superior quality. He was one of the infamous tailors in Hong Kong, and I got to know him visiting his tailor shop in Hong Kong during my several visits there. It was like getting... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ever Given grounding underscores vulnerability of global supply chain

The Ever Given’s grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer demand, suppressed by the COVID... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Clearing the bases

Things look pretty bad right now for the people of Burma. In my visit to Burma, I found the people of a peaceful nature, but governed by military men who at the time stayed in the background. Since that time, there was a peaceful t... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

How scientists study prehistoric weather - paleoclimatology

Here I’ve shared how scientists develop forecasts and predictions of our planet’s weather: from ground and airborne observations and data from stationary and orbiting satellites... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Different means to same end show change is coming

Grant PUD’s decision to pursue a partnership in a next-generation nuclear power plant stems from the same circumstance that incented Columbia Basin Hydropower’s interest in its Banks Lake Hydropower project. The factors... — Updated 4/7/2021


WHO Is Pulling the Strings?

A year into living with the ramifications of a global pandemic, it is clearer now than ever before how important science is to our decision-making – and how quickly it can get tossed to the side in lieu of more politically expedi... — Updated 3/31/2021


Biochar project could lead to big benefits for North Central Washington

Catastrophic wildfires have had a devastating impact on our region. Wildfires can ravage vast sections of our state, displacing families, putting firefighters at risk, and leaving long-term economic recovery challenges. One of the... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

The unsung heroes of World War II

If you asked someone who the heroes of World War II were, you would probably get FDR, Gen. MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Gen. Patton, and so on. And they would be correct. But what about the unsung heroes? The kids across America... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Cathy LaPlace    Opinion

Shorter teaching time for students makes a mockery education goals

The school board approved a new schedule for students in high school (March 22). With this schedule, students who choose to be in school in person will now be able to be in school four days a week instead of two days. The... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

You got a dog, you got a problem

It is said that a dog is man’s best friend. If this is true for you, then you have a serious problem. I’ve only had one dog that ever came close, and I will get to that in a minute. My first dog was a collie/shepherd mix,... — Updated 3/24/2021


The aftermath of the pandemic

The vaccine showed up, the numbers are going down, and places are beginning to open back up. While the hope of a return to normalcy may be peeking out, I want to remind ourselves... — Updated 3/24/2021


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