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DC continues to fiddle while America burns
The Supreme Court in a rare unanimous decision last week said President Obama exceeded his Constitutional authority. According to a number of his critics the decision marks the thirteenth time the court has ruled Obama has exceeded his authority. But who's counting?

What prompted this latest decision was an executive order that Obama had made a "recess" appointment while the Senate was well - not recessed! Seems even his Harryness didn't agree with the President's choice on this one!

House Speaker John Boehner decided to sue Obama for executive overreach. Really? By the time the case gets to court Obama will be collecting his executive pension and working on his Presidential library.

For his part Emperor Obama accused Boehner of suing him for doing his job and blamed Republican obstruction for preventing him from helping the middle class. In other words, those citizens who voted for Republican candidates, and tea party supporters in particular, are just irrelevant subjects of the Obama realm.

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Four tips for giving your pet a safe and happy July Fourth Hint: Pets and fireworks don't mix
Independence Day is all about celebration: picnics, parties, parades and, of course, fireworks. While lots of people enjoy this noisy summer holiday, it can be overwhelming for your pets, and possibly hazardous. Pets can become disoriented and frightened by the noise and commotion associated with parades and fireworks displays. In fact, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds of the Fourth of July that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.
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Letters to the Editor
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Is Governor Inslee right about impact of coal exports?
Would you consider a change of 0.083 percent "unparalleled" and "significant"? Apparently, Governor Jay Inslee does.

Two weeks ago, Governor Inslee visited the Vancouver Columbian editorial board and defended his proposal to require an unprecedented level of analysis regarding proposed export terminals. His process, known as "expanded SEPA," has never been done before and would attempt to analyze the environmental impact not only of the terminal but of all the products being exported.

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Long live the death penalty!
Long live the death penalty. In fact, it's woefully underutilized. Let's expand it.

So many are the richly deserving candidates for a comprehensive death penalty that I'll not try to rank them but just name a few.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
Taxpayers should be able to monitor public-employee contract negotiations.
Imagine that the governor is holding a series of secret closed-door negotiations with a company that could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer expenses. Now imagine that the same company secretly meeting with the governor is also a campaign contributor. Also imagine that the Legislature is barred from changing the details of an agreement negotiated in secret with the governor and can only vote up or down on funding the final proposal.

Sounds outrageous?

You bet! Yet that is exactly what happens each time state and local officials in Washington negotiate pay and benefits with public-employee unions.

It doesn't have to be this way.

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