Member Opinions

Several weeks ago, a number of newspapers around the country ran an Associated Press article that most published with the suggested headline: “Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save...

On Saturday, August 19, a fish farm in the San Juan Islands near Anacortes suffered a structural failure to one of its net pens, containing more than 300,000 nearly-mature Atlantic salmon....

In the late afternoon and early evening of June 30, hours before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle, the Legislature passed a new 2017-19 operating budget. Minutes before midnight, Gov. Jay...

On Aug. 8, we traveled across the 16th District from Dayton to Prosser, meeting with newspaper editors and reflecting on the successes and disappointments of this year’s Legislature. It was a...

I share the frustrations of many that the Legislature adjourned July 20 after a record 193 days in session without passing a capital construction budget. This $4 billion budget funds statewide infrastructure...

Rep. Norma Smith says state and local government must work together to care for those struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges.

It will take a third special session for the Washington State Legislature to finish its business this year. Negotiations continue on the operating budget with the centerpiece of the spending plan...

Ecology’s Nooksack Rule had been standard practice in Washington for decades. But the Futurewise lawyers didn’t like it. They wanted a new standard: that the GMA required counties to obtain evidence...

Without railroads, the world would be an altogether different place. It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the railroad for our economy, travel and culture. Everything from food, motor vehicles,...

Special to The News Tribune (June 4, 2017) For years, school districts, stakeholders, and lawmakers have been working diligently to reform the outdated Growth Management Act (GMA), and the restraints placed...