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By Rep. Skyler Rude, Rep. Mark Klicker and Sen. Perry Dozier OLYMPIA–The final gavel has dropped, and it's been a long and often difficult process because of such an unusual year created by COVID...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 29, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

I grew up in a county that was 65% Spanish-speaking. The biggest distinction between races was not color, it was Catholics and Baptists. My first experience with prejudice was the summer I spent on a...

 

OPINION

By David Boze ABC News opened up its story on the Snake River dams by parroting a line from an environmental group that "the salmon population [is] near extinction." That claim is demonstrably false....

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, The taxpaying citizens of Columbia County have approved and are paying for bonds supporting Education and schools, Hospital and Health Care and Fire Department and Ambulance Services, all which support our quality of life. We are now...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–Both the House and Senate have approved their versions of the state's two-year capital, transportation, and operating budgets. Now, budget writers will go line-by-line to make any final...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 22, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Where were you born?” The reporter asked one of my Colorado cowboy friends. “Iowa,” he answered. “Iowa!” she said. “Why did you move?” “Because it’s hard to be a cowboy in...

 

OPINION

After last Sunday's cut-off deadlines for passing policy bills in this year's legislative session, floor action has focused mostly on House and Senate concurrence calendars. Bills that have passed with amendments by the opposite chamber must be...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–I want to give my Democratic colleagues in the state Legislature credit. In a year when state coffers are overflowing and there is no financial emergency–still they have managed to break...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 15, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

A while back I was asked who has had the greatest influence on my life. I hadn’t ever given it much thought, like most folks, I guess. After considerin’ for a while, I came up with five people...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–After Senate Democrats passed a pair of bills Thursday night that would cause gas and diesel prices to skyrocket, Sen. Perry Dozier is warning food costs would rise and small farmers would...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor The silent majority. The silent majority must raise its voice in protest to the radical left that has surreptitiously taken over the Democrat party and is attempting to take over our nation. We are losing the Liberties that have made...

 

Commentary

As you may have already read, the House Democrats passed H.R. 1 with little opposition, paving the way for Senate approval, where, if passed, it will transfer election authority to the federal government, where there is no oversight. Just this...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 8, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

When it’s springtime in the Rockies And my lips are turning blue I’ll be slogging through the blizzard like a brain dead caribou… Ah, springtime. That first hint of life beginning anew, the...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–What started out as an effort to prevent lawsuits over retroactive overtime pay for farmworkers has turned into a policy that would hurt both farmers and farmworkers, alike. Senate Bill...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–Voters approved the Death with Dignity Act in 2008 with support from 30 of 39 counties, including my home county of Walla Walla. When voters approved this law by initiative, we became only...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 1, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Have I got a deal for you! Got this horse on a trade. He don’t squint half as bad ridin’ him in the shade. I know he limps a little. Yer eyeball is astute. But fair is fair, my friend, so...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    April 1, 2021

OPINION

We have our first Title Only bill of the session–HB 1564: Concerning transportation spending. It was introduced on March 28 and has already been scheduled for a public hearing on April 1 (no...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, There are some things I like very much about Amazon and my Amazon Prime Account, but Amazon isn’t perfect. I like the fact that I can stay at home and order the exact hardware fittings I want without sorting through bins at hardware...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–Last week the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection adds $3.3...

 

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