Commentary

Comment: Patriot Front arrests in Idaho a reminder of threat

The West has past experience with right-wing extremists. A van full of white men looking to riot should surprise no one.

Comment: The weight of Jan. 6 chairman’s optimistic melancholy

Rep. Bernie Thompson’s measured demeanor set a factual tone for Tuesday’s unsettling testimony.

Comment: Bill would speed prior authorizations for Medicare

Legislation, drafted by Rep. Suzan DelBene, would make pre-authorizations quicker and aid transparency.

Comment: How Thurgood Marshall could win back abortion access

The late justice wrote an opinion in 1987 that set a precedent for women’s rights to equality with men.

Comment: Since we’re having more kids, how do we care for them?

We’re already making the investments to curb homelessness, hunger and maternal mortality, right? Right?

Comment: That zero percent credit-card offer may cost you

Along with a transfer fee you can end up with a higher interest rate. There are better options.

Comment: 19th-century standards used to limit women’s rights

The court majority relies on a selective version of history to claim the Dobbs decision was ‘originalist.’

Comment: What Dobbs ruling says to those who chose pregnancy

Woman are losing the knowledge they were the best stewards of their own bodies and their own futures.

Commentary: Like elections, court decisions have consequences

The GOP has told itself it won’t face voter backlash over the end of Roe. We’ll soon find out.

Comment: Watergate played a big part in foiling Trump’s scheme

The 50-year-old scandal led to reforms and offered examples of how to respond to an abuse of power.

Comment: Lawmakers seeking balance that protects everyone

Recent policing reforms are meant to ensure the needs of citizens and police. That work continues.

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.