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Concrete School District funding should always be a priority for our community, and I hope you will join me in voting on Feb. 12 for the upcoming levy request.

Maybe Congress and the president would be more inclined to talk, compromise and reach a deal to re-open the government, if their own salaries were withheld until they did.

In her defiant stance against President Trump and a wall to secure our southern border U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi offered the following defense: Walls are immoral, ineffective and too expensive.

As an educator with nearly 30 years of teaching experience at Burlington-Edison High School and a parent of children who were educated in this district, I know that a middle school is a fantastic choice for our students.

It is better for me to build my own house and invite someone in for shelter than to hand them my bricks while I am building. If I do this I will one day see that the spot I planned for my home will be an empty lot, and I will be the one looking for bricks.

I have a solution for paying for Trump’s border wall, fence, slats, barrier or whatever he calls it now. Vladimir Putin is the richest man in the world with assets estimated at $200 billion (Hermitage Capital Management).

I believe American voters are at the point when they must choose between keeping the Electoral College or giving up the “right to vote” in true elections which aren’t just for show.

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Remember when, just a few short decades ago, that iconic pillar of the GOP, Ronald Reagan, in one of his more famous speeches, said "Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall."

With family visiting from England, we toured the area daily taking in bald eagles and snow geese, trips to the islands and a whale-watching tour. A thank you note from them on their return highlighted a wonderful event at a bakery in Sedro-Woolley as the best thing of their whole visit.

Historically, walls have never worked. Witness the Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall and most recently the Berlin Wall. They make good tourist attractions for a while, but they were a great waste of human effort.

The current president of our country is a deceitful, corrupt child/man. This is evident to anyone who cares to pay attention. It is sad for our country that we somehow ended up with this completely incompetent reality TV buffoon in the highest office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a recently elected congressional representative from New York, has proposed that the marginal income tax rate for personal income above $10 million be raised to 70 percent. Naturally, this proposal has elicited scorn, scoffing, ridicule and condemnation from the Rep…

The Bible teaches that we should find joy in the day of trouble. That may seem rather heartless, but we may not always learn a lesson or be thankful until we've successfully gone through difficult times.

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Here's an idea for our "stable genius" president: Since he blatantly disregards advice given to him by his advisors, he should eliminate all of their jobs, thereby saving money that could be used to partially offset the tremendous budget deficit he incurred with his tax giveaway to the ultra-rich.

There is a principal in formal logic called Occam’s Razor. It states that the simplest solution to a problem is almost always correct.

I am again left speechless with Trump's total inability to relate to anyone outside of himself or perhaps his family. I understand that he has never had to a "work" a day in his life, so the idea of being one paycheck away from losing ones house or lacking money to feed your children is some…

James Mattis has not retired, he has left this Trump government in sharp disagreement with the president’s decision to pull all of our troops out of Syria, to abandon the Kurds who have supported the U.S. against Isis from day one, and perhaps to next leave Afghanistan to the Taliban after u…

The government is shut down. The Treasury secretary just called the heads of our six largest banks, to find out if they had enough liquidity to keep operating. The most recent defense secretary lasted a total of eight days. All of the experienced Army generals who Trump called “my generals” …

Both Democrats and Republicans want new infrastructure spending. It is time to stop expensive maintenance programs and start rebuilding dilapidated roads, bridges, airports, etc. America is becoming the laughing stock of the developed world when tourists see our outdated airports. A time com…

I am excited for the upcoming legislative session, which will welcome many new faces and ideas to our local and national government. 2019 presents a fresh opportunity to safeguard the unique wild flora and fauna species of our region. I ask our legislators to support upholding the Endangered…

This Thanksgiving eve, a friend stopped by my house around 10 p.m. She had picked up a gentleman experiencing homelessness and was hoping I could help find him a place to stay. It was dark, raining and freezing cold.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” (Statue of Liberty, from the Sonnet “New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus)

A recent letter refers to Trump as “The Father of Lies.” It’s really the truth, and this isn’t a matter of opinion. Said that many times before.

If you look up the word "blackmail" in the dictionary, you will find the following definitions: "money demanded by a person or group engaged in blackmail" and "force (someone) to do something by using threats."

On Tuesday Donald Trump reiterated his determination to wall in our southern border from sea to shining sea. If he doesn’t get his wall, he said he'd shut the government down.

There are a few die-hard Trump supporters who remain fans despite the news each day on his policies that favor corporations and one by one destroy the advancements made in everything from the environment, civil rights, bank regulation, etc.

It’s time to abolish the Electoral College. That a 240-year-old slave-state remnant allows a handful of small states, mostly populated by prairie dogs, rattlesnakes and corn, to decide presidential elections isn’t right.

While global leaders are meeting overseas for the urgent task of countering accelerating climate change, I wonder why we here in northern Washington aren’t hearing more about the Chinese-owned fossil fuel company, Northwest Innovation Works, that has picked southern Washington for a proposal…