Member Opinions

The pandemic was a tough time for education delivery for schools. We had to learn to overcome new challenges and adapt to a largely virtual learning environment in our K-12... ...

March 10, 2023

As Washington state seeks to find a financial solution to fund road construction projects, address backlogs in transportation maintenance and preservation needs, and fix crumbling infrastructure like bridges, one idea... ...

March 9, 2023

For the first time since 2020, the Washington State Legislature is back, in-person, conducting meetings and floor sessions on the Capitol campus. And with this return to normalcy, we’ve been... ...

March 7, 2023

The Vehicle Miles Travelled tax, or VMT, is once again raising its ugly head in Olympia in the form of House Bill 1832. It has been rebranded the “Road Usage... ...

March 3, 2023

Too many Puget Sound lawmakers never look beyond their grocery stores to understand the struggle of our farmers to keep those stores supplied. It’s why Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe... ...

March 3, 2023

Washington state is facing a clear and present danger to constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of conscience. Everyone who cares about our foundational values needs to get involved.... ...

Feb. 28, 2023

(Article published Feb. 23, 2023 in The News Tribune: https://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/op-ed/article272563871.html) For some time, Washington has faced major challenges meeting its long-term health care needs. Then the pandemic hit. And it... ...

Feb. 23, 2023

The debate over alternative energy facilities, including the massive windmills that decorate eastern rural Washington is nothing new. It’s a debate that continues to stir emotions on both sides of... ...

Feb. 23, 2023

Polarization in politics, and resulting hostility, is something we see daily, whether on social media, news media, the way political campaigns message, or directly from our elected leaders. We must... ...

Feb. 21, 2023

Growing up on the farm, I heard grandma’s sage advice in just about every situation imaginable. “A trouble shared is a trouble halved.” “This isn’t my first rodeo.” “Many hands... ...

Feb. 17, 2023