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State Supreme Court ruling derails school choice

Last Friday, Sept. 4, the State Supreme Court derailed Washington’s nascent charter school movement when it ruled that charter school Initiative 1240 is unconstitutional.

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Inmate college scholarships shine light on mounting student debt

The Obama Administration announced it will begin providing Pell grants to federal prisoners, effectively overturning a 1994 ban on the practice.

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.

Americans shouldn’t have to fear their own government will hold them hostage

The IRS scandals just keep on coming.

Leftist leader with right idea

Can you imagine a nation’s president, a former guerilla fighter with socialist leanings, enacting policies that favor business and encourage foreign investment? How about a leader who prefers living in a farmhouse rather than the presidential mansion?

Counting our blessings

It’s that time of year when we count our blessings. In America, they are abundant, especially this year.

Freedom is a fragile thing

For some, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy.

Cost of new medications could bankrupt health care

The good news is we are developing new life-saving medications every day.

Pity the poor streamers

Every day, birds flying near a certain spot on the California-Nevada border are incinerated in midair.

Strong state employment but warning lights are flashing

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate.

The fallout from the fiscal cliff

Last month, an inspector general for the Treasury Department revealed that from 2010 to 2012 the Internal Revenue Service handed out $1 million in bonuses to 1,150 workers who owed back taxes.

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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Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Seattle Times headline said it all: “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.”

Eliminate our transportation bottlenecks before the new Panama Canal opens

Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really.

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The Ethanol Shuffle and other bad ideas

Have you heard of the Ethanol Shuffle?

Franz Kafka and the Department of Ecology

Guest Column

In 1915, Franz Kafka wrote a novel about a man who was arrested by two unidentified agents from an undetermined agency and put on trial before unseen judges for an unspecified crime. He was compelled to defend himself without knowing what crime he’d allegedly committed.

Is CO2 really the target?

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.


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