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Balancing the budget

Families and small business owners all across America know that sometimes difficult decisions must be made in order to balance their budgets – and so should Congress and the President.

XPallidocius

Goodbye, old friend. Despite new and supposedly improved siblings, you XP have served us well this past decade

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My father’s 1959 tax return

I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

Vacation is a chance to feel young again

I recently spent a week in Oregon, visiting my mother and several friends.

Tina Turner, Mad Max, Al Gore and you

According to a new UN report, there’s good news and bad news about global warming.

Behind every good man is…

Emily led the group of five into the Mule Barn, through the coffee shop itself, and into what is known locally as “the banquet room” when it isn’t being used for storage.

If you are toking you are still breaking the law

Marijuana is still illegal.

Dorn’s understanding of McCleary decision incorrect

On March 18, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn sent out a statement disputing the Washington Policy Center’s analysis of the 2012 Supreme Court McCleary v. State of Washington decision.

Teaching writing wrong

If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing.

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Some things better left unknown

Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song.

Crash stats scary enough to keep me off the road

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently released its list of statistics from 2012.

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Foul balls

Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.

Skilled trade jobs unfilled in our nation’s slow economy

Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents.

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Tips for tax season

As tax day nears on April 15, we’re reminded of the tremendous impact that decisions made in Washington D.C. have on Central Washington families, farmers and businesses.

Spring yard work is calling......NOT

I had nearly given up on spring’s arrival this year when it burst forth with all the dandelions I can possibly wish for. It is not that I am a fan of the sunny little weed, but its arrival reminds me that I need to tie on my yard shoes and finally uncover the flower and garden beds in my otherwise ugly yard.

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