Member Opinions

As survivors of horrific felony crimes, we are concerned the public safety pendulum, which for many years in Washington, demanded criminals be held accountable, justice be provided for victims, and laws...

March 6, 2021

I fully respect the First Amendment of the Constitution. Everyone should have the right to free speech. However, the First Amendment should never be used as a defense for exposing minors...

March 2, 2021

In a 2019 op-ed published in this newspaper, we wrote: “We need more lawmakers committed to being fiscally responsible, prioritizing the dollars you’ve provided, and keeping an eye on the future....

Feb. 28, 2021

You’ve heard about the city dweller who was asked, “Where does your meat and food come from?” His reply: “From the grocery store.” In Eastern Washington, we know better. These days,...

Feb. 26, 2021

The last year has put a strain on most people’s trust in government, and its ability to balance the severity of the pandemic while keeping our economy open and strong. Remaining...

Feb. 25, 2021

It takes a special kind of person to serve in law enforcement. When most people run from danger, law enforcement officers run toward it. Few professions require someone to put their...

Feb. 24, 2021

Talking about mental health support of the strongest and most courageous people in our communities can be difficult or taboo.  The men and women in blue spend much of their day...

Feb. 24, 2021

When the Legislature convened last year for the 2020 session, our economy was healthy and increased tax collections gave our state a surplus of about $2.3 billion.  Over objections from Republicans...

Feb. 24, 2021

This past year has been truly unprecedented. Last February, while coronavirus was silently spreading, the economy was peaking, employment was strong and our state operating budget had a substantial surplus. By...

Feb. 23, 2021

How would you feel if the government told you your entire industry was now obsolete, and your job had been terminated? That’s exactly what a new bill from House Democrats would...

Feb. 17, 2021