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Once, when a Republican congressman from Massachusetts accused Lincoln of having changed his mind, Lincoln replied, ‘Yes, I have; and I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today … 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
Earlier this year Senator John Braun (R-Centralia) introduced SB 5248 to provide funding for individual tutoring to help students recover from the learning losses resulting from the COVID school … 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 … 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
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
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
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
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
Disagreements are nothing new. As long as there have been people, choices and politics, there have been differences of opinion. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson disagreed strongly on the role … 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
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
At the request of a writer friend, I met with Third District congressional candidate Republican Joe Kent last month and asked him questions about his political beliefs. He answered with confidence, … more
After Joe Kent sat at our table in Ramblin’ Jack’s Ribeye in Napavine last month, I told the 3rd District Republican candidate for Congress — who beat U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said that it’s going to take all of us working together to recover salmon. He also said, “Tell the truth.” The truth is that sometimes we … more
The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good — a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy, especially for cherry growers who have struggled over the last … more
Until President Joe Biden signed the Chips and Science Act (CSA) last year, companies, such as Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), looked elsewhere to build plants costing … more
Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government. With … more
The real impact of higher gas prices is not only felt at the pump. The real impact of higher gas prices is felt at the kitchen table. It is kitchen table issues such as the cost of food, utilities … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and stockpiles is setting off global alarms. It has American manufacturers in a bind as they ramp up domestic electric vehicle (EV) … more
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