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Ted Escobar has, for many years, been a well-known name in the newspaper industry.

Online health care: Future is now

The world is changing a lot faster than people can comprehend. The old ways are changing.

Court’s culvert decision will cost

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last Friday may have made it even more expensive to live in our state.

Trump is right to pull out of Paris pact

President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was the right move to make on many levels. But the most important reason was the illegal nature of the pact.

It’s time for Democrats to get real

Democrats just lost another election, this time in Montana.

Our state could learn from Texas

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas.

Here’s to pomp and reflection for 2017

It’s hard to believe, but graduation season for the Lower Yakima Valley is already upon us.

Flour tortillas: From shadows to space

My son, Teddy, and I were having breakfast together last week when he mentioned that U.S. astronauts rely on flour tortillas in space.

Shutter diplomacy

The history books tell us that in the early 1970s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger engaged in what was called “shuttle diplomacy” as he made a series of stops in the Middle East in an effort to broker peace.

Franz wrong on Trump budget

For those of us here in Eastern Washington, President Donald Trump’s move to cut federal expenses and thereby curtail bureaucratic overreach is a much-applauded move.

Remember our fallen warriors

Today, the Friday before Memorial Day, is kind of the unofficial start of summer.

Trump should reject climate accord

One of the central themes of President Donald Trump’s campaign was the need to extricate the United States from international agreements that hurt American jobs and unfairly disadvantage American companies versus foreign competitors.

Smile Survey gives us important information


The Washington State Department of Health recently released Smile Survey 2015-16: The Oral Health of Washington’s Children.

Fed up with urban imperialism

Urban enviro-imperialism is a phrase I learned last Tuesday from Myron Ebell at our Washington Policy Center Solutions Summit. Although the term is new to me, its meaning has been a constant companion of mine growing up in rural America.

Olympia needs to join the real world

We ordinary folks live in a real world of deadlines.