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Feds’ overreach is an issue here, too

As we continue to watch the events at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge unfold, we should stop to see what’s happening right here in Eastern Washington.

The Constitution and Ted Cruz

The question of Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president has been simmering on the back burner for years, but this week the benign chatter erupted into front-page headlines thanks to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Oregon standoff a sign of things to come?

The nation’s attention turned to Oregon when a group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom seized control of part of a federal wildlife refuge.

Educate yourself with Olympia 101

Elected officials and hired bureaucrats are seemingly ignoring the will of the people across our state and nation. They create law-after-law and rule-after-rule often with precious little public input.

Not unanimous, but we’ll take it

Somehow, someway three writers felt Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t do enough to merit entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Straight talk about gun control

When I was a kid my father gave me three rifles and a shotgun.

Could Malheur protest inspire others?

Have you taken sides in the Eastern Oregon anti-government standoff?

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Let voters decide restroom issue

The next time you use the restroom at a basketball game, concert or in a business, don’t be surprised if a member of the opposite sex is in the same facility.

2016 resolutions: Hey feds, you first

If you think our benevolent federal government is too big, this will agitate you: The government is advising us on New Year’s resolutions.

News certain to happen next year

Other than global warfare, politics, economics and fantasy sports, there really isn’t much news to recap from 2015.

Wolf politics have to change

A Tacoma judge has handed environmental extremists who generally do not live, work or generally recreate in rural Eastern Washington an unnecessary present this Christmas season.

Remembering Jim Appelgate

Jim Appelgate passed away around the Thanksgiving holiday, after a fight with pancreatic cancer.

It’s all about our holiday traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

Do you see what I see at Christmas?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

Merriment, generosity define Christmas

“I don’t know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry.”