Guest Commentary


Legislators have the tools to rein in spending

During my years in the Legislature I’ve seen budget surpluses, budget deficits, budget estimates and just about every reason under the sun to spend more taxpayer dollars.

Catch and release? Thanks, but no thanks

So, some neighbors on Decatur Avenue a couple of weeks ago decided to help police search for a guy on the run.

State leaders and money

Money is on the minds of lawmakers in Olympia.

Reining in Operation Choke Point and restoring credit access

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration?

Sanders can win presidential election

Many Democrats and others truly fed up with the state of the nation’s economic and social core are unwilling to support Bernie Sanders because they’re afraid he can’t win.

Relationships the key to health, happiness

Get this: Wealth, fame and success don’t make us happy, but strong relationships do.

Practical waterways regulations

The seemingly endless stream of Obama Administration rules to circumvent Congress and states is driving people away from finding practical solutions to problems and into courtrooms filled with highly-paid attorneys waging a “paperwork” war.

Technology vs. your individual liberties

When I was first elected to Olympia to represent the 15th Legislative District, I quickly immersed myself in subjects with which I was familiar: land use regulations, the Growth Management Act, local government issues and the ever-encroaching bureaucracies of state agencies.

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Harney County begins new journey

I grew up in a ranching family in the Okanogan Highlands, where I had the good fortune to spend my childhood close to the land.

American liberties are soaked in blood, not god-given

The Iowa caucus brings out the evangelical in all Republican candidates.

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Iowa reveals problems for Clinton, Trump

Instead of a coronation, Democrat Hillary Clinton, the ultimate political insider, left Iowa on Monday in the middle of an honest-to-goodness campaign against a septuagenarian, self-described Democratic Socialist who’d promised his supporters a political revolution.

Girls Scout cookies are not your primary diet

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us — which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

Hip, tech-savvy senator hits Olympia

I arrived at the state Capitol just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11. It was the first day of the legislative session, but I had been in Olympia almost a week.

I can no longer support Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has made me sad.

Surviving D.C.’s winter blues

Boy, it’s cold outside.