Guest Commentary


Immigrants take jobs from Americans

A new report that drew from Census Bureau and Department of Homeland Security data found that in 2016’s first six months, 1.03 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived in the United States.

Worry about citizens’ tuition first

Two bills introduced in the state Senate could limit opportunities for bonafide American students from Eastern Washington to attend state universities and colleges.

Reasons to question climate change

Many people are actively worried about global warming. And it frustrates them that skeptics and “deniers” refuse to acknowledge the “science” of the so-called manmade problem.

Winter makes anti-Trumpers SAD

Boy, it’s cold across America.

Painting an alternate global warming reality

On December 28, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

Why my father avoids social media

My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something.

Analysis: Bundy juries nullify judge

In jury after jury, few of the hundreds engaged in what has been dubbed the “Battle of Bunkerville” have been prosecuted in a historic confrontation between the federal government and residents over land in the West.

Promise kept on reducing tax rate

For hard working families and entrepreneurs in Central Washington, keeping more of your own paycheck was my goal in supporting historic legislation approved by Congress, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Alcohol ok for holiday, with care

The holidays are upon us in full force. Lights, advertising and celebrations, fun and yes, stress.

Rural America is mired in recession

There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s a chain that many shoppers have never heard of. Yet, it has more stores than Starbucks.

Cheers to lower craft beer taxes

Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down.

Forget DREAM act, protect citizens

Days after the cruel, unjust not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, Americans are still raging over the decision.

The lessons of Pearl Harbor Day

On Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, seventy-six years ago, planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy streaked over Pearl Harbor bombing and torpedoing the American fleet at anchor. More than 2,400 Americans were killed that day. President Roosevelt quickly called it a “Day of Infamy.”

Could you pass a ‘good citizen’ test?

My son Gideon’s former elementary school awarded (and still awards) a weekly “good citizen” award to a student who does an outstanding job with teamwork, politeness, kindness, etc.

Congress should pass tax reform

Unemployment is low, stocks are booming, and business confidence is soaring to record highs.