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D.C. can learn from Washington in fight against surprise billing

2020 was a year of reckoning in Washington state. As the coronavirus took its toll on the state, from the first confirmed case in January, to the first death in February and beyond, the pandemic exposed the stark realities of the country’s healthcare infrastructure. Even more so, it exposed the risk that out-of-pocket costs can have on the well-being of all Americans. Across the country, COVID-19 forced the issue of surprise bills like never before, as case counts and hospitalizations rose to numbers not before seen.

Recognizing true heroes during Teacher Appreciation Week

The school year is ending and the children of the Washougal School District have returned to our classrooms, to each other and to our teachers.

Amid widespread disease, death and poverty, countries increased military spending in 2020

The year 2020 was a terrible time for vast numbers of people around the globe, who experienced not only a terrible disease pandemic, accompanied by widespread sickness and death, but severe economic hardship.

Some Western states join rush to suppress voting rights

Colorado’s elections are a bipartisan success story, so when Major League baseball responded to Georgia’s new voting restrictions by moving the All-Star Game to Denver, it couldn’t have made a better choice.

Doctors answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has accelerated across the country, including in Washington State, where vaccine eligibility will expand to all Washingtonians over the age of 16 years old on April 15. However, many community members still have questions, need support navigating misinformation, and assistance accessing resources or the vaccine.

Haaland’s confirmation may mark beginning of country’s ecological coming of age

Is it possible that the country is truly rebuilding itself … from the soul up?

DIY rain gardens are beautiful way to have a more sustainable yard

Rain gardens are a great way to both have an attractive landscape feature and also enhance water quality in the drizzly Pacific Northwest. Forests and soils act as a filter for rainwater, cleaning it and releasing it slowly into creeks, streams, wetlands, lakes and eventually the ocean. Rain that falls on solid surfaces such as sidewalks, roads and roofs, collects the pollutants on these surfaces, bypassing the natural filter process, and carries them directly into waterways such as the Columbia river.

Keeping semiconductor edge is paramount

Surprisingly, there is something United States presidents agree on — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors.

Finding a place where we see, learn and act

We see, but do we learn? We learn, but do we act?

Biden’s first 100 days: Where we are and where we’re headed

As the Biden administration settles in, let’s pause to take stock of where American politics now stands. It’s not a pretty picture, but it has the potential for improvement.