Guest Commentary


Learning the hard way

It was lunchtime at the sale barn on the edge of town and the guys were milling around.

Who’s watching who?

Our founding fathers possessed the wisdom and foresight to create a constitutional republic that limited the power of the federal government through the principle of the separation of powers, and by holding lawmakers accountable to the consent of the governed. They would likely be shocked and alarmed by the massive burden of regulations imposed by today’s unelected federal bureaucracies.

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There are ways to pinch pennies

“I’ve never seen a receipt that long.” That was what a clerk at an office supply store this past Saturday told me after he finished ringing up all my back-to-school purchases.

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Trump’s exit speech

We’re all certain this is coming, we just don’t know when. It could be weeks, even months. Or maybe it won’t be until after a few bruising primaries.

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End federal funding for Planned Parenthood

What is a human life worth?

Drafting the Lower Valley’s fantasy team

Tomorrow is the draft for my family’s fantasy football league.

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Curbside recycling comes with sticker shock

Would the citizens of Sunnyside accept a $7 a month rate hike on their utility bill to get curbside recycling?

Renting…the new American dream

Get this: renting is the new American dream.

Radar blips

Doc was the first one in at the Mule Barn truck stop this morning, so he got to pick, and he chose the round table instead of the philosophy counter.

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Congress too gutless to raise federal gas tax

If you want to see Washington in action - or, more precisely, Washington inaction - consider its latest wimpish response to our infrastructure crisis.

Congress is consigning us to fiscal chaos

The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget.

F as in file…please?

“There is nothing sure in this world,” Billy Idol pouts in his 1982 song “White Wedding.”

End of season event finishes on sour note

I am left scratching my head after this past weekend’s Mid-Valley Swim League championship event in Prosser.

Politics is not the path to pro-life victory

During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The U.S. government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder.

VET Act would ensure every military veteran’s access to highest level of emergency care services

No one should ever hang up a phone on a veteran seeking medical assistance. Every veteran deserves to be treated with respect and dignity - and especially with urgency in an emergency medical situation.