Guest Commentary


Time to worry about a shutdown

Unfortunately, discussion over our skyrocketing national debt is only a footnote in the testy presidential campaign this year.

Union gets pay back for Inslee contribution

“About 30,000 Washington state workers would receive pay raises of roughly 6 percent,” Wednesday’s Associated Press story explained, “under a tentative deal struck Tuesday between state officials and union leaders.”

State’s cap-and-trade will cost

Cap and trade policies called by any other name are still cap and trade policies.

You never know, until you know

“They’re on drugs.”

Don’t bring California job-killing rules

California has become a manufacturing “job-killer” bastion because of its shackling regulations, high taxes and excessive permitting requirements. Its quagmire of government-mandate programs is accelerating an industrial exodus.

End our welfare-warfare state

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen suggested the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by the end of the year. Markets reacted favorably.

Perception affecting another pipeline

The anti-Keystone activists insisted that killing the pipeline was singularly important for the future of the world, because of the supposedly uniquely dirty Canadian oil sands.

Players show passion, respect

There’s nothing like football in small town America. Here in Eastern Washington, when hot days turn to cool nights, you can almost feel the passion of a smashmouth game in area high school stadiums.

This Labor Day, beware of confusing signs

Highway signs along Interstate 80 in Utah warn: FOG MAY BE ICY.

A local draft day

Got an e-mail the other day asking me to participate in a fantasy football draft this weekend.

America’s lost love affair with cars

I’m a car guy.

Climate policy needs consistency

The flurry of climate regulations coming out of federal agencies is an example of what to avoid.

Schools no place for drug testing

Their concern comes from good motives, no doubt, but we believe Prosser School Board members are misguided in considering voluntary drug testing for students.

Star Trek celebrates its 50th birthday

Not too long after the Sept. 8, 1966 premiere of TV’s “Star Trek” (or “Star Trick,” as I misheard the title), my “no nonsense” grandfather unloaded on my father.

IRS strikes Olympic gold, again

Guess who was among the first to welcome our Olympic athletes back home from Rio?