It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Department of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on the massive federal reservation north of Richland.

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In Central Washington, we know the best way to jumpstart our economy is by reopening our small businesses and letting America’s free markets get individuals back in the workplace. Unfortunately, far-left Democrats in Congress don’t see it that way. They used the “relief package” to massively…

In the first two and a half months of 2021, illegal immigration has reached a crisis point. There have been more than 200,000 illegal border crossings with as many as 5,000 illegal crossing encounters in one day. In order to maintain the rule of law and keep criminals out of our country, we …

The U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding Americans the right to keep and bear arms, but once again, our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the left.

When our state moved into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s latest iteration of a reopening plan, it signaled a well-deserved step forward for our region. Following guidelines under the leadership of local health districts and elected officials, we worked together to reduce our hospitalization ra…

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or social media.

These days the mere mention of tax incentives for factories touches off a major firestorm in Seattle and you’d better be looking for an expeditious way out of town.

Last month’s contribution by Mr. Andrew Ornelas provided a fascinating view into modern conservative thinking. His assertion, “If you share the ideas, philosophies and morals of the current democratic party, you were conditioned to think that way by most of society for the last 60 or so year…

Why did Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell strongly condemn President Trump’s incitement to attack the Capitol by his supporters after voting to acquit him? This question has puzzled me for several days. In order to understand this seeming contradiction, McConnell’s political …

Our Native communities are making it clear; they will no longer suffer in silence. Just last week, community members gathered in Toppenish for a vigil to remember and honor the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) of our region and across the country. Together, we are working to enac…

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs to include the impact of breaching dams in his home state which completely shutoff salmon and steelhead migration.

Why would any company spend $5.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl ad which leaves viewers perplexed as some glitzy and abstract commercials did? After production costs are tacked on, you’d think advertisers would want their messages clearly understood especially in difficult times.

The longest-serving woman in Congress, Ohio Democrat Marcy Kaptur, told The Hill in a recent interview that she struggles with a growing sense of alienation within the Democratic Party as she fights for the interests of her largely working-class Midwest constituents. Meanwhile, the Democrat …

One year ago, the first individual in the United States tested positive for COVID-19, and early March saw the dramatic outbreak of the virus in a long term care facility in Kirkland. From that time until now, we all have been impacted in some way by the virus. While experts and leaders have …

Central Washington is one of the most agriculturally rich and diverse regions in the United States. Since coming to Congress, I have had the honor of representing our agricultural producers, advocating for strong trade agreements and market protection measures, and securing the tools and res…

A windstorm swept through Washington last month, doing damage on both sides of the state. More than a half-million people lost power across the Puget Sound region when high winds came through after several days of rain, toppling trees in the waterlogged ground.

In response to Dain Schroeder’s letter, calling President Trump a lying lunatic, I was surprised examples weren’t required, not to mention less dangerous rhetoric. Seems we still have a double standard when it comes to who’s allowed to say what. I’m publicly making Dain an offer of $20 an ho…

Fifty-one years ago, I left the cult to which I had devoted seven years of my life. I left because I saw the corruption and immorality and lies of the leadership. I felt disillusioned and betrayed. I had joined because I craved certainty in a chaotic world. I left, struggling to understand h…

A submitter’s letter claiming we’d had a fair election made me physically ill. Why? Such a claim is nonsense to anyone who looked into it with an open mind. If you’ve looked into it, you know it’s a lie that only those who refuse to check into the facts have fallen for. The claim is also rac…

Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” is off to a rocking good start. First day he managed to eliminate an estimated 12,000 jobs on the Keystone Pipeline plus tens of thousands of jobs associated with it. How’s that working out for Unions who backed Biden? Now Canada is thinking about suing the U.…

The school district put out a letter to staff (can be read on the district’s website) concerning the recent violence in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. The following is an excerpt from that letter: “We believe it is profoundly important to support one another and find common ground s…

Last week, Americans witnessed a violent storming of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol Police – the agency charged with protecting the hallowed halls of the People’s House – were on the frontlines, and they were quickly overwhelmed. That did not stop them from standin…

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?

For the past four years, we’ve witnessed the sitting (impeached, one-term, lame-duck) U.S. President utter a breathtaking number of falsehoods and outright lies. Aided and abetted by the likes of Fox News, OANN and NewsMax, Trump and his enablers have spread - and gotten away with - one disg…

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur.

Ten months after the arrival of the coronavirus in Washington, the Legislature is convening on Jan. 11 for a new legislative session amid a pandemic that will shape every aspect of the session, from the way lawmakers conduct business (over computer screens instead of beneath the Capitol dome…

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was catastrophic.

Throughout the past year, I have written a lot about how I have witnessed Central Washington come together in times of crisis. The challenges of a global pandemic are certainly unprecedented, but individuals, families, healthcare providers, and local businesses have stepped up to the plate t…

For those readers who have read this column over the past month, you know that I am no fan of President Donald J. Trump. I’ve considered the relationship he has with his followers as having all the characteristics of a cult. Last week’s column denounced our president, 126 members of the Hous…

Without the systems and infrastructure we have built to harness the power of the mighty Columbia River, the Pacific Northwest as we know it would cease to exist. Dams along the Columbia provide countless benefits to our communities – from reliable, affordable electricity and flood control to…

On Feb. 29, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. With this being an unknown and highly contagious virus, most folks agreed with his precautionary measures. His reasoning was to protect and not overwhelm the healthcare system and keep our people ali…

Raise your hand if 2020 has been difficult and different. Just as I thought, it’s unanimous. But what about the good? As a club, we have not had the opportunity to meet for our weekly lunches, share in fellowship and hear programs from around our community. And I will admit, at first it was …

When I was about 17 years old, I joined a cult. I joined because the nation in the late 1960s was in a period of flux and change; the Vietnam War, the draft, protests, changing moral standards brought about by the “pill,” racial unrest.