By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing the economic lockdown would be a catastrophic mistake. They must coexist.

Our lives have been turned upside down over the past seven or so weeks. Restaurants and stores have closed, 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, and our freedom of movement has been restricted. Several difficult issues are at play in this crisis. Financial security is my focus here.

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Well, I think the average Washingtonian who isn’t working from home, the ones who take pride in having a job to feed their families and aren’t gleeful about getting more money to stay home than they were making when they were working, have had a bellyful.

Our state is blessed with some of the most creative people and businesses in the world. Many of their innovations are making key differences during this COVID-19 pandemic and as our devastated economy recovers, there will be greater creative opportunities.

Our local, state, and federal governments are working together to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and provide a bridge for our economy – and our society as a whole – to get to the other side of this outbreak.

When I listen to the political rhetoric of the major parties, I am baffled by some of their perspectives and positions. Political parties are not expected to be rational, because 70-80% of the voters make decisions emotionally rather than logically, so there should be no surprise as to their…

St. Rose of Lima’s Catholic Women’s Group (YLI#246) and the Men’s Group (Knights of Columbus) thank everyone who came to the ERC on April 22 to donate blood. 38 units of blood was collected; which equates to approximately 114 people benefiting from the donors. Jane Montaney, one of the coord…

When Congress was first considering coronavirus relief packages, I immediately recognized the needs of our rural hospitals. While Washington began as the epicenter of the outbreak, most of the focus was on the west side of the state in heavily populated Seattle, where healthcare providers ar…

Ok, here's the deal. America said "let's roll" in 2001. In 2020, America's experts said stay home. When May comes around with the May flowers, the models which have been off kilter since the beginning had better say "let's roll." Governor Inslee has sent back ventilators built by the Army an…

Do you get surveys in the mail from the political parties? The Democrats and Republicans send me surveys since I’ve donated to both over the years. It’s been a long time since I donated to the Republicans, though. It goes back to 2002 when I voted for and supported U.S. Representative Jennif…

We are in unprecedented times. The coronavirus outbreak has had a profound impact on the American people and our economy, but – together – we will make sure that impact is not a lasting one.

Fifty years ago, an exasperated high school basketball fan marched into The Missoulian newsroom and directly to my desk. He plopped down three years of sports stories carrying headlines unintentionally branding his small town’s winless team as bunches of losers.

The Letter to the Editor section in newspapers serves as a platform to express ourselves when many of us have no other. You can just vent your frustrations and it can be your opinion. This section of the newspaper could also serve as a place to suggest a multi-belief meeting where we can exp…

Charlene Aaron, a black reporter with CBN, recently provided an insightful report of the growing number of black voters who are joining “Blexit” (blacks exiting the Democratic party). With the visceral hate of top Democratic party members now having gone beyond denial, and their deception an…

In the United States and in Washington, we are fortunate to have an abundance of agriculture. We are even more fortunate to have the hard-working men and women who work to keep food on our tables. Keeping our food supply chain stable – especially in times of crisis or distress – is critical …

March is Women’s History Month, and there are a number of extraordinary women from Central Washington to celebrate. Our state has a strong history of female leaders who have paved the way for future generations and exemplified the values we hold dear.

Well, they have done it again. After weeks of criticizing the president and his administration as being incompetent in the handling of the Wuhan virus (aka COVID-19), the democrats have tried to snooker the American people one more time on our dime.

You may have recently learned—from a newspaper, perhaps—that McClatchy, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the country, filed for bankruptcy protection. For the sky-is-falling industry observers, it’s the latest sign that newspapers are joining the horse and buggy in the broom closet…

Within the last ten years, the City of Quincy has constructed the following new buildings: a Public Safety Building, a Public Works Building, a Police Station, etc. and they have a long list of projects for 2020. Taxes are taxes, no matter whether they are city, county, state or federal.

I miss reading Rich Elfers' columns in the Post-Register. Yes, he is a little to the left of the majority of Quincy residents, but I would like to think our local newspaper also offers something for the rest of us who would like to feel included.

The Columbia River serves as the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest. In Central Washington, we realize the critical benefits provided by the hydroelectric dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers – from clean, affordable, renewable energy to flood control, irrigation, and transportation of our …

The Feb. 26 Quincy paper included a clarification regarding an error. Here’s another one. In my letter printed in the Feb. 19 issue, the last remark at the end of the second paragraph was printed as: “if they’re a majority, is that the right way to go?” That doesn’t make sense and it’s not w…

“Being American, I am presented with a problem and expect someone to solve it quickly. It is what I know that concerns me: The virus is global, it kills people, it has wreaked havoc in China and some other countries, and therefore I should be and am afraid. It is not the unknown but the poor…

Given the fact that now-impeached President Donald Trump has proven himself to be the most dishonest President in modern US history (Washington Post notes that the liar-in-chief has made over 16,241 false/misleading claims - an average of at least five per day - as of this writing), one coul…

With the latest state revenue forecast projecting a $2.4 billion budget surplus, Rep. Drew Stokesbary, has introduced a bill to provide $1 billion in tax relief for Washington's residents. All 40 members of the House Republican Caucus have signed on to the measure.

Our nation values those who have come before us, and that includes our seniors and retirees. Past generations have paved the way for future growth, and I truly believe we owe them the respect – and the benefits – they have earned. Despite my gray beard, I am not a member of the greatest gene…

Bernie Sanders has been heavily criticized because he said Cuba’s Castro did some good things. History tells us that Mussolini was well loved because he got the trains running on time in Italy. These statements don’t negate the evil that Castro and Mussolini did. Why are they construed as ei…

In the recent Quincy School District Communicator, the article titled “Program encourages students to become bilingual educators,” Katia Perez pointed out that she thinks the main agenda of students who are passionate about becoming teachers is because they want to see teachers that look lik…

By Rep. Dan Newhouse Article II of our Constitution grants the President of the United States the role of Commander in Chief of our military. While Congress holds the sole authority to declare war on another country, the Commander in Chief is obligated to defend the United States in cases of imminent threat or attack. […]

The fantastic State of the Union message our gifted president gave Tuesday night is bringing unity to our country beyond anything else I’ve seen in a long time. Seeing is believing. Our late beloved President, Ronald Reagan, once said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the party left me.” Many people viewing some of the […]

By Don C. Brunnell, Columnist Government leaders, doctors, and medical researchers worldwide are working feverishly to stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep it from becoming a global pandemic. Wuhan, one of China’s major transportation hubs whose population approaches 11 million, is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak which is spreading like wildfire. Wuhan […]

By Rep. Dan Newhouse When we look around Central Washington, it is hard to miss the thousands of acres of wine grapes that cascade across our rolling hills and valleys. In fact, there were more than 59,000 acres and nearly 70 varieties of wine grapes planted last year. As the co-chair of the Congressional Wine […]

February is Heart Health month and as Miss World Washington and the official spokeswoman for American Heart Association I want to speak about heart health. I am a heart patient. For 12 years, I went undiagnosed with a complete heart block and at times, my heart would not beat for five seconds. I am alive […]

The February 11 Special Election ballots are out and with just days remaining until the deadline, I’m excited to share an update about what’s happening at QVMC. Currently, the financial position of the hospital at year-end 2019 reflects an estimated $1 million improvement over 2018. We have maintained existing services including 24/7 Emergency Department, Laboratory […]

By Rep. Dan Newhouse In Central Washington, we understand how reliant our economy is on international trade. From our flourishing agriculture industry to our small business and manufacturers, we all feel the effects of strong trade agreements with our global partners. Not only do our producers export the majority of food and agriculture products to […]

By Rich Elfers, Columnist I recently had a political conversation with a conservative. He found it refreshing that we could discuss and disagree without a major argument. How was this possible? We’re both moderates who believe both sides of the political spectrum have valid points. A 2019 poll revealed that Democratic and Republican priorities are […]

By Rep. Dan Newhouse, U.S. Congressman As we know all-too-well in Central Washington, Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing and delisting decisions have huge, lasting impacts on local communities and environments. The ESA was signed into law to protect and revitalize species of endangered or threatened animals and wildlife, but as time passes, this law, which […]

By Don C. Brunell, Columnist Employers are looking at additional benefits to help workers who are stressed out over paying rent, transportation and food, and student loans. Even though job numbers and wages have increased, too often there just isn’t enough money to make ends meet, particularly in high cost-of-living cities such as New York, […]

The country is experiencing successes under President Donald Trump Another person from the Seattle area trying to sell us negative thoughts about our President. Why? The Democrats brought forth charges without due process (the ability to face your accusers and defend yourself). The minority party was not allowed to call witnesses and were constantly interrupted. […]

I write to thank the Post Register for the diversity of opinion often found on its Forum (Letters to the Editor) page. However, since lately there seems to be no shortage of one particular point of view being expressed on the Forum Page. I’m writing in an effort to balance things out a little bit. […]

By the Washington Senate Republican Caucus The Senate Republican Caucus is creating an internal Tax Watchdog Committee to monitor efforts to raise taxes, as well as decisions that could force tax increases in the future. Senate Republicans maintain spending should be kept in check in anticipation of an economic downturn, to ensure taxation remains stable […]

By Rep. Dan Newhouse As we look forward to 2020, it is important to reflect on the accomplishments we achieved in 2019. I am proudly working to put Central Washington’s priorities first and it is truly a privilege to represent our district in Congress. The year began on a high note, as I joined President […]

Normally, if I take advantage of the two letters to the editor per month allowance, I’ve never submitted one two weeks in a row, but after reading Rich Elfers blatant attempt at deception (in my opinion) in the January 8th issue of the Post Register, it demanded an immediate response. Why someone having been given […]

By the Washington Senate Republican Caucus Senate Republicans say they share the frustrations of Washington voters with a political establishment that has done all it can to thwart their vote last November to reduce car-tab taxes. They are responding with an agenda for the 2020 legislative session that answers to their discontent. The 2020 legislature […]