Brunell: Trade issues coalesce Washington’s delegation

While Democrats and Republicans are at one another’s throats on most issues these days, it is gratifying that when it comes to promoting our state’s products internationally, they coalesce.


Harborites should back state plastic sack ban

Senate Bill 5323 aims to reduce “pollution from plastic bags” by taking that ban statewide. It has cleared the Senate and is working its way through the state House.

  • Mar 13th, 2019


Cornfield: State lawmakers united in new tack on opioid fight

There’s prevention, until it doesn’t work; then treatment; and, if all goes well, recovery.

  • Mar 13th, 2019


Absurd law is dangerous for many

I doubt it would be a hardship to kiss daylight savings time goodbye.

  • Mar 13th, 2019

Puget Sound is not a sewer

It takes only a small sewage leak to force closure of a shellfish bed or make people sick.

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Is it time for courts to consider ownership of news?

Information about the world around us is a right, a public good — and a product.

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Brunell: No quick fixes in powerline debate

By Don C. Brunell For The Vidette November’s Camp Wildfire was California’s…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Inslee’s tough talk on climate masks a long-running record of failure

How successful Inslee is making his case will say a great deal about whether climate change is an issue the left takes seriously, or whether it is simply a totem they pay homage to.

  • Feb 27th, 2019

Governments need those pesky tax incentives?

By Don C. Brunell Darned if you do, or darned if you…

  • Feb 27th, 2019

Cornfield: Democrats’ biennial call for more taxes is building

Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for one of the most challenging conversations this session: taxes.

  • Feb 27th, 2019

Resistance grows to corporate incentives

Just as roadbuilders carefully engineer, excavate and pave the highway before opening it to traffic, companies have to build the foundation for their projects. That’s reality today.

Rossi Newbill, Simpson Says, Feb. 21, 2019

New ASB officers picked for Simpson Elementary

Simpson Says column for Feb. 21, 2019.

  • Feb 21st, 2019
Rossi Newbill, Simpson Says, Feb. 21, 2019

Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas

It’s almost as if the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate forgot what everyone was so mad about.

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Drive to Olympia turns into winter treat

The sun shone brilliantly on snow-encased trees for miles as I passed through the Black Hills east of McCleary, practically convincing me it was actually still a month or so earlier.

  • Feb 14th, 2019

America headed down wrong track

America’s drift away from our market-based economic system is perplexing. Equally, mystifying is the new push to replace entrepreneurs with government bureaucrats in planning and controlling services and products offered to us—the consumers.

Remembering McCleary’s Angelo Pellegrini

When McCleary was new, everyone was from somewhere else.

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Cornfield: Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted noncandidates, the PDC found

Brunell: Student debt draining retired income

On average student borrowers in their 60s owed $33,800 in 2017 up 44 percent from 2010. Student loan debt for seniors rose 161 percent between 2010 and 2017. It was the largest increase of any group.

Kindness is the Word of the Month at Simpson Elementary

This month, Simpson Elementary School dove into some fun activities. Toward the middle of the month, Simpson had a Geography Bee, and at the beginning of the month, we had a Word of the Month assembly.

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Washington farmers need tariff relief

U.S. farmers are hopeful current trade negotiations will bring relief to the tariffs imposed between China and the U.S.