Opinion Pieces

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…

Goldendale Sentinel Guest Column: Veterans' Medical Needs Require Closer Attention

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For more than 200 years, millions of men and women have become American heroes by bravely serving our nation in the armed forces. Yet the service of these individuals is formally marked only twice a year—Veterans Day and Memorial Day. As your representative in Congress, I continue fighting to ensure that the memories of those who died in service, as well as the veterans who made it home,…

Daily News Guest Column: Health Care Law's three-year checkup not good

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It’s now been three years since the President and Congress passed a massive overhaul of our health care system. While I didn’t support this specific bill, I embrace the idea that folks in Southwest Washington should be able to afford quality care for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the health care bill’s three year checkup reveals that we’ve drifted farther from this…

Columbian Guest Column: Facts support opposition to law’s impact on Medicare

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Tags: Medicare

On Friday, The Columbian examined my mail piece to seniors throughout Southwest Washington on actions I’ve taken to protect Medicare. My votes, and the solutions I’ve supported, are based on important facts showing that Medicare is in jeopardy if no action is taken. A few important details were missing from the original article, and I appreciate the chance to air the facts here.

Longview Daily News Guest Column: Making gas and energy affordable

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Tags: Energy

The average family in Longview feels every dollar they have to spend at the gas pump. When they write the check for the monthly utility bill, every penny matters. So, when gas prices soar above $4.00 a gallon as they have recently, there's a real impact on the rest of the family budget.