Member Opinions

Last fall, the majority of voters in my legislative district voted against Initiative 1631, the carbon tax scheme.  In the three northeast counties, the percentage of people voting no were: Ferry...

March 27, 2019

It is a humbling experience to sit behind my desk on the House floor. Before debate on a tough bill, I think about how I am your voice and why I...

March 15, 2019

Residents living in rural areas know what it means to spend ample time behind the wheel.  Whether it’s driving to a doctor’s appointment, getting groceries, visiting friends and family, or taking...

March 15, 2019

(As published in the Omak Chronicle, 3/13/19) Science tells us the sense of smell is most closely associated to memory. It doesn’t take much more than a waft of wood smoke...

March 12, 2019

I can hear the grumblings from students now. Why do students need to learn cursive writing when our world and job expectations are requiring less handwriting and more computing? Some have...

March 1, 2019

Agriculture accounts for $51 billion of Washington’s economy. Much of it comes from the Columbia Basin. Grain, alfalfa, silage crops, dry beans, wheat, apples, wine grapes and other fruit, sugar beets,...

March 1, 2019

Evil exists in our world. There are people who intentionally harm their fellow man. There are predators who commit horrendous crimes against our precious children.

March 1, 2019

(As published in the Eastern Washingtonian, Feb. 2019) Efforts in Olympia to eliminate the death penalty are shortsighted and do an extreme disservice to violent crime victims, their families and the...

Feb. 27, 2019

(As printed in The Spokesman-Review Feb. 23, 2019) It has often been said that the only thing necessary for evil to exist is for good people to remain silent. As the...

Feb. 25, 2019

In the Grant County community of George (population 501), just off Interstate 90, is a truck stop where weary travelers pull in to get gas and a bite to eat at...

Feb. 25, 2019