Columns

Help save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

I am from Tekoa, Washington (population 843). We are your neighbors to the east.

Homelessness hurts us all — but we can do something

Homelessness is hurting every corner of Washington. Our small towns are not immune, and it hurts everyone—homeless families, taxpayer and the community.

No sidelines in fight against climate change

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day.

Small business passing on Obamacare tax credits

It was shocking to read that a scant number of small businesses are taking advantage of federal tax credits designed to make health insurance more affordable.

City officials exemplify open and transparent government

City officials across our state are committed to leading open and transparent agencies that engage constituents and reflect the very best of their communities. During Sunshine Week - a week dedicated to promoting a dialogue about the importance of open government -- we took a moment to stand up and applaud the thousands of city and town officials, staff, and committee members who work to support these principles.

For whom the roads toll

Road and bridge tolls keep many elected officials awake at night.

To ensure security, Congress must shine more light on anonymous companies

The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.

Answer not entirely ‘blowin’ in wind’

In 1962, songwriter Bob Dylan composed "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind." It was a Vietnam War protest song suggesting the ambiguous answer to ending war and living in peace and harmony was "blowin' in the wind"....somewhere.

Extra patrols target DUI drivers

Ask 10 people to name their favorite time of year, and it's very likely that more than half will mention the holiday season.

Abundant salmon runs are early christmas present

Pacific Northwest fishermen have good and very good news this Christmas.