Letters

When the income tax salesman comes to your door promising to make you an offer you can’t refuse remember to choose wisely. If you don’t the next words you may hear out of his mouth will be “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.” Though always sold as a targeted tax on the rich...
OLYMPIA—Democrats’ failure to prioritize a fix to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision on water rights is jeopardizing revenue needed for state collective bargaining contracts. The Hirst decision radically departed from decades of past precedent and practice in establishing permitting rules for...
Just hours before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle Friday, the Washington House of Representatives passed a two-year state operating budget of $43.7 billion. Senate Bill 5883 was approved by a vote of 70-25. In addition to the budget, lawmakers took action on an education funding bill that...
Friends and neighbors, I’m sending an update to inform you the legislature has passed, and the governor has signed, the 2017-19 operating budget ahead of the midnight deadline. We have averted a government shutdown. Additionally, the operating budget also includes House Bill 2242, which fully...
After getting over the initial shock of nearly 1,000 pages of spending, taxes and education policy being released and acted on without any measure of transparency or time for public comment, I finally have had a chance to review the 2017-19 budget deal. Combined with yesterday’s shocking actions...
City council works very hard and is to be commended. Grants fund the majority of their projects. Whether the grant is funded by a non-profit, or state or federal monies, the taxpayer foots the bill. Just, because it’s a nonprofit does not mean it can’t earn money. To stay in business and promote...
 Teachers are “taking back control of their profession” bleats Jami Lund, employee of the extremist and inappropriately labeled organization, the Freedom Foundation. Which begs the question, when did they lose control? For the majority of teachers in our state, this suggestion that teachers don’t...
What an ignorant “publisher” you have. I love how he blames calls impeachment discussions for “making a mockery of our election process” as if Trump didn’t already do that with his campaign tactics, personal/work BS, and Twitter activity or that the calls for impeachment are because he won in...
Our Congressman, Dan Newhouse, has repeatedly advocated for “market-based health insurance,” promising that for-profit health insurance companies will deliver on the goals of less expensive, higher quality, and more available healthcare in the U.S. He is not alone in pushing this mantra. No...
I had to laugh at Buford Howell’s (Capt. USN, retired) letter to the editor in the Wenatchee World on May 17. Taking his “facts” from the Washington Post, the good Captain rails against our President’s “leaking” of secrets to the Russians, telling us that it “could” rise to the level of treason!...

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