Guest Commentary


I’m an immigration ‘hardliner’

I admit that when the subject is immigration, I’m what the media loves to call a “hardliner.”

Consider carbon dividend idea

Recently, some of America’s most respected statesmen announced a different strategy to reducing carbon pollution — one which is based on incentives instead of penalties.

‘Education lab’ open once more

The first time I placed my hand on the Bible and took the oath of office as a member of the state House of Representatives was in 1995. The atmosphere was charged with the spirit of reform.

Pouting Californians want to secede

In 2017, you should never be subjected to the use of the word, “gnarly,” unless you’re describing your latest faux Chippendale woodworking project.

Media repeating false information

Major new regulations affecting most of Washington’s dairy farms were announced by the state Department of Ecology in January.

Change growth management rules

Being an elected official in the Legislature means spending much of your time dealing with the law of unintended consequences. That is, dealing with outcomes unforeseen or intended by a purposeful action.

Cumulative effect hurts business

Small businesses — and the 550,000 risk-takers who operate them — are the lifeblood of communities across Washington state.

Your gift can pay down U.S. debt - like Trump

To avoid conflicts of interest on his investments, President Trump plans to “gift” hotel profits from foreign governments’ payments to the U.S. Treasury - gifts that will go directly toward paying down U.S. debt.

Trump should embrace Braceros program

President Trump’s new get-tough attitude on immigration has already stopped one Mexican from coming to the United States.

Lawmakers punting on first down

Next weekend is the Super Bowl.

Our future is in very good hands

There are times when one generation of Americans may look at the next generation and focus on how different the fashions and manners seem from when we were younger.

A bait-and-switch budget offer

What could be more cynical and cruel than convincing people who passionately care about the environment that you have a plan to save it when all you really have is a way to grab money and kill jobs?

When the press loses its credibility

When is the press no longer the watchdog America’s founders intended to keep government accountable?

Save our school talent shows

It seems there’s a shortage of the old Hollywood Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland “Hey, kids - let’s put on a show!” exuberance.

Simple truth about a REAL ID Act fix

Unless Washington state complies with the federal government mandates in the REAL ID Act, Washingtonians seeking to board planes will face serious disruptions as thousands of passengers find out their driver’s licenses are no longer enough to get them past security gates.