Guest Commentary


Honoring the volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol

Last Tuesday the Washington State Senate honored the Washington citizens who were among the first to join the Civil Air Patrol.

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Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet risks content control

Proponents of President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control.

The big 5-0

I’m just not the man I used to be.

Americans shouldn’t have to fear their own government will hold them hostage

The IRS scandals just keep on coming.

It’s soup and pie time again

It’s that time again!

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Winter doldrums

It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things.

Shabby ... not chic

What is attractive and what is expedient? What appeals to me may not appeal to most others.

Prohibition reflects our failure to learn from history

OK, so marijuana has been legalized in Washington state. Now what?

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The battle over women voting

There is a monthly program in the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia to educate people on the history and the process of voting. This week the subject was women’s suffrage.

Our economy depends on keeping our West Coast ports open

Listening to local families, businesses and farmers in the Mid-Columbia region, I’ve heard first-hand how the slowdown and partial shutdowns at our 29 ports along the West Coast have had a devastating economic impact on Central Washington’s economy.

A recount is justified

Whether or not Grandview School District patrons - or more accurately homeowners in that community - will fork over $300 or so may be decided by one vote.

A silent blessing

Somehow the snow is a little like Christmas. We can expect it. We can listen to the television weather and expect it. But still, when it comes it’s like a gift … a wonderful unwrapped gift, because it is the wrapping.

Beware... scammers attempting to steal our IRS tax returns

As if it weren’t already a pain to file taxes every spring, there’s a new and obnoxious twist that means people need to file their taxes as soon as possible.

Sports Illustrated’s plus-size controversy

You’ve probably heard the hullabaloo about this year’s “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. The average American woman wears a size 14, but SI is just now acknowledging such “plus-size” women, allowing model Ashley Graham (size 14) into a PAID ADVERTISEMENT and Australian model Robyn Lawley (who doesn’t really think of her size 12 physique as making her plus-size) into the editorial content.

Are errors of apathy eroding your organization?

If you’re not making mistakes you’re not trying anything new. Yet in many organizations, there’s a greater penalty for errors than for inaction.