Year: 2020

The fate of the fish

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp mornings and colorful leaves herald the change of seasons and new perspectives on life. Growing up in Southwest Washington, the coming of autumn also has meant the coming of the salmon up the river. Unfortunately, I have seen the number of salmon in […]

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Their fair share

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the country hard, in terms of both individual stress and government budgets. When businesses must be shuttered for emergencies such as this, workers and their employers aren’t the only ones to suffer. Loss of business means loss of taxes, and for the state of Washington, the outlook through 2023 is […]

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Healthcare costs explained

There are few issues today that are more confusing than health care. The subject of health care is politically polarizing, yet neither side seems to have a true grasp of the situation. In a health care system such as ours, private insurance companies control the costs and premiums for the middle class, while government insurance, […]

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The neglect of rural internet

It was the day after the primaries, and with the election too close to call, I was anxiously awaiting more results when my internet went out. A call to Century Link resulted in an automated recording informing me that the problem would be fixed later that evening. I was not alarmed, as our internet frequently […]

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Revitalization through recreation

Rural Washington has an economic problem. So many towns here were built on the back of the tremendous logging boom that fueled rapid economic growth throughout the region. That boom ended abruptly when the last of the big trees were cut and we settled into a decades long hum-drum harvest cycle that only delivers a […]

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The importance of Agriculture

This week is haying week on our farm. We go to the hay fields and bring back a winter’s worth of hay to fill the old, gray barn. This is a golden time, when the weather is finally nice enough for the grass to be ripe and the bales to be dry. While there is […]

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The Masked Man

If you see me in the grocery store or the park, you will see that I am wearing a mask. Am I making a political statement? Definitely not! I am wearing the mask because I have a 96 year old grandmother who I care about, or because I want my country to be whole again, […]

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The Declaration of Independence

When the Declaration of Independence was signed, the world was an extremely different place. Many of the challenges of today simply did not exist. However, there is one important factor that the signers of the Declaration recognized as constant: the need for a government that represents the people and provides the opportunity for all to […]

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