In Olympia, people speak of “two Washingtons”: the prosperous cities of Puget Sound, home to numerous globally recognized companies, and the rural communities where job recovery is slower and economic development lags behind national averages. Washington needs bold efforts to spur job growth and innovation across all of our communities.
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Recent news from coastal Washington and the Olympic Peninsula has provided a glimpse into the future of a paper and wood products industry that plays a critical role in the region’s economy. Investments in local facilities are helping them compete in the new efficient manufacturing, carbon neutral energy economy. The question is whether state policies collectively are going to help or hinder that competitiveness.
The political party is a strange animal, one some are trying to cage and others drown.
The time has come to meet Grays Harbor County’s fiscal problems head on. Your three county commissioners are tasked each year with writing and funding an annual budget, which results in an itemized list of revenue sources (expected income) and expenditures (expected costs) that appear in its General Fund Budget.
For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Article 9 of the Washington State Constitution describes our obligations to public education. Here’s an excerpt:
O LYMPIA — The Legislature is, by practice and constitutional decree, a part-time gig.
The OpEd “Creating a world-class sport fishing industry in Washington” recently published in The Daily World makes disturbing – and less than accurate – statements.
Life is full of lessons we shouldn’t ignore, though we often do.
Every mom and dad wants the best for their kids, to have them do better than they did.
It is in constant, energetic motion, an endlessly useful marvel of ingenuity, a source of billions of pages of data and, if you want it, of depth and scholarly papers. It is perhaps the foremost differentiating symbol of our era. It is the Internet, described by one student of communications as a development right up there with language itself, writing, the alphabet and the moveable-type printing press.
This is the price tag: $20.8 trillion. Because there is currently no way to stop or slow Alzheimer’s, that’s what we will all pay over the next generation to care for people with Alzheimer’s unless policymakers change the disease’s trajectory by adequately funding research for treatment.
Last week an op-ed was published in the Aberdeen Daily World that solicited support for a legislative bill that would transfer fishing opportunity from commercial fisheries to recreational fisheries, basically for purely economic gain. I would like to counter that proposal. My opinion is my own and does not necessarily represent the views of all of the folks I work for.
Alarm over the current measles outbreak that began mid-December in Disneyland, California — more than 100 cases in 14 states reported in January — has renewed debate about laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia mandating that students be vaccinated for certain diseases before entering school.
Editor’s note: Today is the debut of a column by Jim Walsh, who lives in Aberdeen, owns a publishing company and is vice chairman of the state Republican Party. Walsh and Vini Samuel, a Montesano based attorney who is active in the Democratic Party, will be writing columns on alternate weeks. Samuel’s first column appeared last week.