Opinion Pieces

Daily News Guest Column: Job creation still our biggest priority

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The mom in Castle Rock who has seen her savings disappear and now relies on food stamps to feed her family isn’t alone. Now more than 44 million Americans receive food stamps – the largest number in our history. Behind this troubling number is a lack of good-paying American jobs. Getting Cowlitz County residents back to work would go a long way toward helping folks feed their families, pay their m...

Guest Column: We must act to save Medicare

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By U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler On April 13 at George Washington University, President Obama delivered a warning to Americans that if we don't make changes to Medicare, we "won't be able to keep our commitments to a retiring generation." The president was right. Our country has now compiled more than $14 trillion in debt, and there is simply no way the federal government can continue to borrow ...

Columbian Guest Column: Local View: President must explain, justify action in Libya

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By U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Sunday, March 27, 2011 I was not elected to Congress because of my foreign policy experience. During the recent election people wanted to know what I would do to deal with issues here at home: The economy, jobs and the rising federal debt. Those are the issues that I have spent my time focusing on during my first months in Congress. But we suddenly find that are ...

Guest Column: Clearing the runway for job creators

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Last year, I put more miles on my 1998 Ford Explorer than I thought possible, driving around Southwest Washington in my run for Congress. In all communities and during every meeting I was given the same directive: put Washington, D.C.'s focus on jobs. The pages of The Daily News just days ago gave us another reminder why jobs is the most pressing topic in every corner of Southwest Washington. The ...

Longview Daily News Guest Column: Congress needs to rein in spending

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Last year, for the first time in history, Congress failed to pass a budget. That means Americans had no way of knowing how much of our money Congress intended to spend or where they intended to spend it. Taxpaying citizens, many of them unemployed or underemployed, were financially responsible for what basically amounted to a blank check for Washington, DC. Even more troubling was that Congress pe...

Longview Daily News Guest Column: Town hall meetings tonight, Thursday

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In early January, we were all shocked to learn a gunman had opened fire on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a crowd of innocent bystanders at a public event. The event was a "Congress on your Corner" meeting where, in the tradition of town halls, citizens are able to personally share their ideas, questions and concerns with their elected representatives. The ability for public servants...