On transportation issues, we need visionary, forward-thinking solutions

Recently, I held a town hall meeting to discuss future transportation solutions. More than 150 citizens attended to hear about creative ideas presented by the private sector. From that outreach and dozens of meetings with business leaders and citizens, several important points have become apparent as we look to solve our local transportation crisis.

Oregon’s decision on gillnetting compromises salmon, integrity

I applaud our own Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for its 7-2 vote on Jan. 14 to reach a compromise that has our state moving in the right direction for conservation of endangered salmon and steelhead. This recent decision removes all commercial gill nets from the lower Columbia River during the spring and summer runs and allows commercial nets in the fall in selected areas - but only through 2019 with the commitment to remove all gill nets completely after that time. This two-year extension of fall gill netting is a compromise to the original plan in favor of the gillnetters, to allow more time to develop selective commercial fishing methods and help the commercial fishery achieve financial goals.

Donald Trump and the ethanol mandate

President-elect Donald Trump cruised to victory promising to get rid of the mandate to buy health insurance. While he’s at it, how about getting rid of the mandate to buy ethanol?

Distracted driving laws should be tougher

Initial legislation governing the use of hand-held cell phones while driving was first enacted in Washington in 2007.

Million wreaths across America

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform.

Development agreement approvals raise questions

Question: How do we best control growth and create neighborhoods we all want to live in?

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t.

Putting Americans back to work is job one

The message is clear. President-elect Donald Trump’s “Job One” is to put people back to work.

Despite our turmoil, Americans are blessed

For some, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. For others, it’s a time to volunteer at soup kitchens to help the less fortunate. For still others, it’s simply a chance to eat a huge meal and watch football.

Remembering the OWL party

In 1976, the OWL Party brought something into Washington State’s political arena that was usually lacking, and that was humor.