Opinion Pieces

REFI Act will support West Coast fishing jobs

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It’s no secret that the health of our coastal communities is dependent of the success of local fishermen and the jobs they create. In my district of Southwest Washington and all along the West Coast, the groundfish fleet and the 3,000 jobs it supports are centrally important. But fishermen off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California are struggling to sustain their businesses, due in large ...

Columbian Guest Column: Bills would take action against human trafficking

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The term “human trafficking” may bring to mind the image of someone in Eastern Europe being tricked into reporting for a job as a maid, only to find herself trapped in the Red Light District of Mumbai; or destitute parents in the developing world selling their daughter. However, human trafficking isn’t just a problem in distant parts of the world. More than 100,000 girls are caught up in sex traff...

Daily News Guest Column: Bill Would Change Military For Better

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Our nation’s military is the most respected in the world, yet the serious issue of sexual assault within our military ranks persists. We witnessed a troubling reminder of this problem just recently when Maj. Gen. Gary Patton – the director of the Defense Department Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office – stepped down in shame after it was revealed he had intimidated potential whistleblower...

Daily News Guest Column: Keeping Your Health Care is a Broken Promise

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One of the central promises made by the President and supporters of the new health care law was that if you liked your health care plan, under the new law, you could keep it. Unfortunately, that promise would not be kept. More than 290,000 policy-holding families and individuals in Washington and more than 4.8 million nationally have received notices that their current plans are being cancelled. T...

Columbian Guest Column: Bill supports local efforts to aid salmon

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In the Pacific Northwest, salmon play a unique role in our culture, our recreational lives and our economy. Unfortunately, the numbers of salmon and steelhead in our backyard have dwindled over several generations. Currently, 13 different runs of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin are listed as either “threatened” or “endangered.” In 2000, Congress tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers w...

Chronicle Newspaper Guest Commentary: Protecting Our Region's Forest Jobs

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Question: what do gravel and mud from forest roads have in common with factories? Answer: Very little. But there are efforts to impose the same regulations on our nation’s forest roads that are required of industrial facilities. These efforts are unnecessary, unfair, and unhelpful to our region that continues to need economic recovery. In Lewis County and throughout Washington state, working fores...