I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it’s a question every American has an answer to—a moment engraved in time.

It is not surprising that COVID-19 was disastrous for our country’s economy. Millions died from COVID complications; offices, stores and factories closed; and, people were forced to quarantine at home.

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Dismissing economic laws always leads to bad consequences. Whether you believe in the efficacy of the vaccine or not, all should be opposed to mandating its use. This is because by mandating its use, we will have shortages of the employees that it’s use is required for employment. Human acti…

One of the favorite sayings during the President Trump Administration was that everyone dealing with it was “drinking from a fire hose”.  Well this administration is holding all the American people under water and every time they come up for air, they keep shoving their heads under.  Preside…

The 2020 Toyko Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. Postponing the games cost Japan billions and thwarted its efforts to showcase the Japanese “Green Growth” strategies.

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Each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse as the world shifts to electric vehicles.

I’m currently in Arizona where I pay to have the Quincy Valley Post-Register mailed to me, even though I get it a week late. I received a call from a Quincy friend this morning telling me that at least 1 recent local resident death may have been due to Covid related issues, and I was reminde…

One of the things that I have always kind of admired about Quincy, is it’s unusual way of projecting it’s farming community history, in the form of a mural on several business buildings in the area being painted with a scene of some old long ago photograph that shows the area’s farming histo…

Well, how do you like them apples now?  Joe Biden, the Build Back Better, Unite The Country, President of the United States, has issued the order to extend the rental moratoriam that the Supreme Court has already declared is unconstitutional.  He looked at his 3X5 notecards and they were pri…

When I was in my twenties, I created an axiom about human relations: “When a person [group, nation] changes, everyone else around that person [nation, group] must change, too.” This is especially true when understanding what is happening with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan right now.

On moving to the Quincy area 16 years ago one thing I found unusual was, the roadside gardens. I had lived here almost 10 years, before I found out that these roadside gardens were not planted and maintained by the City of Quincy. I had some City Hall business, and asked the person to pass a…

This summer, with severe drought and hot temperatures throughout the West, the threat of wildfires is once again at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Tens of thousands of acres in Washington alone are burning, and it’s not even August.

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and valleys. Simply, there are not enough trees to absorb CO2 and prevent erosion.

Washington law enforcement officers are concerned by recent legislation introduced by Washington State Democrats and policy stances made by Big Tech. These developments are concerning for our communities, our children, and our officers.

June 30 QVPR brought us a rather laughable article from columnist Rich Elfers, “Framing Narratives.” He goes on to say “sometimes one might try to shape their opponent’s narrative to cause people to vote a certain way... Often this type of narrative is inaccurate and deceptive.” That’s an am…

What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers.

As a farmer, former state Director of Agriculture, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, and Congressman representing one of the most flourishing agricultural regions in America, I fully understand the extent to which water is truly the lifeblood of Central Washington and our economy.

China is not our ally, but apparently Democrats in Congress haven’t received that memo.

“Black Lives Matter; Marxist Hate Dressed Up as Racial Justice?” (John Perazzo. “David Horowitz Freedom Center”: Sept. 1, 2020)

Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be the worst wildfire season ever and the world’s best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the US Forest Service and states not to use it. Unfortunately, in 2002 two Lockheed C-130 Hercules airpla…

We all employ narratives when we tell others about ourselves. These narratives, or stories, shape how people view us. One of the narratives I use about myself tells how I joined a religious cult when I was 16 and left it when I was 23. Another describes being a social studies teacher for 44 …

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone unrecognized.

These days, when every national proposal is over a trillion bucks, I have to ask a question. Would we get more bang for our buck by filling potholes in roads (infrastructure) or by filling potholes in minds (education)?

Over the last year, we’ve witnessed a system that refuses to hold the communist Chinese government accountable when it comes to the origins of COVID-19. For months, Democrats have been labeling Republicans as xenophobic, fringe or extremist for suggesting that the Coronavirus outbreak may ha…

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to total--100 percent--renewable electricity by 2035--15 short years from now.

Which side do you take? Do you support 24 Republican governors who want to end the COVID-induced federal $300/week unemployment checks in June rather than in September when the program ends? Or do you argue that there are reasons why workers are not going back to work?

Americans are frogs in the pot of water being brought to the boil and cooked. We ignore incremental chunks of our freedoms being chiseled away by Marxists determining our social mores.

I spend a lot of time thanking God for many people in Quincy and have done so for some time now. I’ve wanted to write more letters of that nature for a long time but always felt there were more pressing matters affecting our whole country (and world for that matter) that needed to be addressed.

For many of us, Memorial Day serves as a turning point in our calendars. The beginning of summer, the end of another school year, and the start of many trips with family and friends.

“The Republican base is thoroughly infected with sympathies for the insurrection.” (Peter Wehner, “The GOP Is a Grave Threat to Democracy.” The Atlantic, April 26, 2021)

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It was supposed to be a “bridge” to a new job and not “in lieu of compensation” to rem…

Millions of Americans tuned in last Wednesday night to see what President Biden had to say about the first 100 days of his administration and his plans for our country. Unfortunately for farmers, ranchers and agricultural communities like ours in Central Washington, he had little to offer.

Let’s cut right to the chase and call a spade a spade. President Joe Biden and the members of his administration (they are calling the shots) are not good for this country. So far all they have done is cause more division. There is no unity except among themselves and all the bloviating by o…

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings.