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Truth in short supply in the environmental movement
After reading the story by Hal Bernton in the Seattle Times titled, Judge: Petition should be reconsidered, I was reminded just how deeply ingrained the global warming message is rooted in our society. Clearly, Bernton is incapable of serious, objective reporting on environmental issues.

According to Bernton eight students had unsuccessfully petitioned the Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions and so they hired a lawyer and filed suit in King County Superior Court. Really, we are to believe that a group of eight grade school, middle school and high school students got together in Johnny's tree house and cooked up a plan to save the planet from a bunch of misguided and greedy adults. It's a perfect Hollywood movie plot but anyone with an ounce of intelligence has to question that plot.

The students are represented by the Western Environmental Law Center. A non-profit legal firm that, "...uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West." WELC has softened its mission from its earlier days when they said, "We provide free or reduced-fee legal services to conservation groups, communities and individuals, challenging corporations and government agencies that violate environmental laws in the West."

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Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
Quack!
Suppose you want to marry a duck.

You wish for the duck to be able to visit you in the hospital if needed, inherit your estate or join you in the adoption or artificial generation of a child or duckling. Would these not be rights you and the duck are entitled to? Why not? Says who?

It must be comforting to a person with this predilection to know that there's now one less legal barrier to marrying a duck since the state has decreed that marital options are no longer confined to persons of the opposite sex. Marital choices are now more bio-diverse than they've been in America's history.

Now before the same-sex marriage 'movement' shows up in my yard to wax indignant, let me encourage any who feel I'm anti-gay to read my award nominated, 2009 novel, For Whom To Die, and see if you still feel that way. If you do, I'll buy the book back.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
Climate anger - Last refuge of the alarmists
For purveyors of climate alarm, emotional displays of intolerance are increasingly crowding out reasoned argument. But remember the adage: "Hate hurts the hater more than the hated."

Consider President Obama. At the White House Correspondents Dinner, the president used the lighthearted occasion to shout at those who doubt his climate-change narrative. "It is crazy! What about our kids? What kind of stupid, shortsighted irresponsible bull..." said the president before a comedian jokingly cut him off.

The current elephant-in-the-room for climate alarmists is the "pause" or "hiatus" in global warming.

Green activists have preached that the Earth's temperature would rise steadily into a global crisis. For the 1990s, their model predictions appeared plausible. But global temperatures have slowed considerably since 1998, despite steadily rising levels of carbon-dioxide emissions (the alleged cause of warming).

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
State budget negotiations
Friday brought a series of important announcements from our Senate majority's budget leaders, their counterparts in the House of Representatives, and Governor Inslee. Taken together they suggest that talks toward a new state budget have finally turned an encouraging corner with just eight days left in the Legislature's second special session.

Here is how our chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Andy Hill, put it this afternoon: "In March, we released a budget that fully funds education and makes college affordable without new taxes. We've held to these principles and are grateful that both the governor and House have agreed to support them. With new taxes off the table and a commitment to reducing tuition to make college affordable again, we should be able to work through the weekend to reach a final resolution.

We have said all along that $3 billion in additional revenue is enough to make major investments in schools, college affordability, mental health and the social safety net. We are very glad that we can agree on these principles with the governor and House."

After two months of negotiations the general framework of a budget agreement is already in place. For instance, the Senate and House are already aligned on much of the new spending for K-12 education, for mental-health services and for state parks. The sticking points, as Senator Hill's statement indicates, have been taxes and tuition.

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It's time to have an honest conversation about race
Once again we are reminded the world is a dangerous place. This time a church in Charleston, South Carolina was the site of the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

Following the tragedy was a press release from 2nd Amendment Org (2AO) suggesting that it is time to arm our churches. According to 2AO it is time for "comprehensive gun training and safety awareness in church communities in order to protect themselves and their fellow parishioners from the potential of both foreign and domestic terrorist attacks."

For his part, President Obama continued the rhetoric that "guns are too easy to get in America." Suggesting that we must begin to address the issue of gun violence. While he didn't actually say it, he was clearly making a plea to repeal the second amendment and pass more stringent gun control legislation.

Both sides of this debate are wrong. Bringing guns into the church would be a sad contradiction to the teachings of love and forgiveness of the Christian church. And limiting the freedom of law abiding citizens does not address the real issues that create these despicable acts of depravity.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...

Salmon


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