Commentary

Comment: Saving salmon requires a break from status quo

Making up for the loss of the lower Snake River dams will be costly. Leaving them is costlier still.

Abortion-rights protesters and anti-abortion protesters, divided by a police line demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Viewpoints: The imagined history of abortion laws

Friday’s majority ruling to Roe relies on a selective history of 19th century law and public opinion.

Abortion-rights protesters and anti-abortion protesters, divided by a police line demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Comment: A dangerous gun ruling at the worst possible time

The Supreme Court decision raises uncertainity over for how firearms can be now regulated.

Comment: What five news items say about the GOP’s future

Donald Trump’s influence over the party remains but the winds aren’t always blowing in the same direction.

Comment: Gas tax holiday could actually force prices higher

Oil companies are reluctant to increase production. That’s the worst time to encourage more demand.

Comment: Trump’s belief in his ‘big lie’ irrelevant to his guilt

For several possible crimes now identified, Trump’s belief in a ‘stolen election’ provides no defense.

Comment: 12 new Sea Mar doctors are ready to see you now

Sea Mar’s Marysville Family Medicine Residency Program helps to fill need for primary care providers.

Comment: Inflation ate free lunch, but you’re still better off

Investor speculation gave us $10 Uber rides. That’s over but most of us are still better off than in the past.

Comment: There are heroes among those counting ballots

Wandrea ArShaye Moss was an election worker, until her life and family were threatened by a ‘big lie’ mob.

Comment: U.S. making same testing errors for monkeypox as covid

The test are available, but access to tests is limited and prevents the data needed to track its spread.

Comment: Failed Roman coup offers insight for Jan. 6 probe

Rome failed to balance two senators’ advice, allowing unresolved resentments to lead to more violence.

Comment: Supreme Court erodes wall between church, state

A 6-3 majority have weakened a Washington state case that allowed but didn’t require religious school funding.

Comment: Why you’re seeing more big apartment complexes built

Large multi-unit apartments are being built at a record rate as builders maximize available space.

Comment: Gun owners, we need to demand changes to firearm laws

Our support of the Second Amendment doesn’t keep us from protecting the rights of others to life and safety.

Comment: Insurance required for cars; require for guns, too

Liability insurance for firearms would incentize prevention and resposible gun ownership.

Comment: Never mind if it’s sentient, AI’s still concerning

AI may never become conscious. What should worry us is the power it’s gaining to direct our choices.

Comment: Hollywood’s gun use should be honest about carnage

When filmmakers use firearms they should portray the bloody results so people understand what guns do.

Comment: Jan. 6 hearings attest that the threat isn’t over

The testimony makes clear that should Trump and allies lose in 2024, they won’t hesitate to try again.

Comment: Spell out risks, benefits of covid vax to parents

What does it mean that fewer than 20 percent of parents of kids 5 and younger intend to vaccinate against covid?

Comment: Public safety crisis requires legislative action

With crime statistics rising and a loss of officers, lawmakers need to correct recent legislation.