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Deal or no deal?

By now you have probably heard at least some debate about trade promotion authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Congress. Don’t get lost in all the acronyms.

Flag Day – 2015…Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes can be portrayed in many ways.

Must-have knick knacks

I’ve discovered the wonderful world of petty mail-order junk. I love it.

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Why run for office?

I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office.

True colors?

“Orange Bell,” the label declared in large letters.

Granny Who... I’ll miss her

My husband’s grandmother, Helen Gjovaag, passed away this past Sunday afternoon.

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Not buying Jenner’s Vanity Fair act

Apparently, we’re all supposed to be inspired by “The Person Formerly Known As Bruce Jenner.”

Jenner’s ‘Vanity Affair’

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

On nights like these

It is the heat that defines us this time of year.

Smart as a whip

“Amazing,” Dud said out at the corrals the other day.

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Inked

No, no tats here.

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Minimum wage, maximum hypocrisy

Utterly shameless.

Reusing water can help farmers and fish

Over the last few years, one of the remarkable successes is the record salmon returns to the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Congress should act to reverse federal control over our waterways

If you were asked to describe a “navigable waterway” in the U.S., you would most likely not think of the stream in your back yard or the irrigation ditch in your field. You would probably mention the Columbia and Mississippi rivers or the Great Lakes.

Let’s start small with local recycling effort

Recycling didn’t happen in Seattle overnight.