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Rep. Hawkins' Legislative update
The 2015 session has begun and I was sworn into my second term as your state representative. It's an honor to continue serving you in Olympia.

While there will be several high-profile issues discussed this year in the Legislature, at the top of my mind are the wildfires last summer in our district. I joined the recent meeting in Brewster over the phone and was able to hear many concerns about how the wildfires were handled by the state and how better local control can help during fire season.

I'm proposing solutions to help with the recovery and to prepare for future wildfire seasons:

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...

Letters to the Editor
Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Gavel falls to open 2015 legislative session
Senate committees take closer look at shipping slowdown

One of my major concerns coming into the 2015 session stems from the slowdown of work at our state's ports and how it affect our ability to get Washington crops to market in a timely fashion.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union master contract with Pacific Coast ports expired June 30. Cargo has been moving at half-speed since October as contract talks continue between the union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents ports and shipping firms. This has had a huge negative effect on the tree fruit industry, and therefore our local economy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Killing the Messenger
Dateline Paris: Ten journalists and two policemen were killed last week by two Muslims who shouted the usual "Allah Akbar" because of a satirical magazine's portrayal mocking Mohammad - a "great man of peace" (my mocking here).

Should Americans like Bill Mahr, an avowed atheist and satirical wit, now be afraid? I have watched Mahr make Muslim jokes and wonder if he has a carry-conceal permit or is he, like most Americans, naive enough to think he is untouchable by the likes of Muslim extremists.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, January 15, 2015 More...
Support our children
Within a community, what is more important than the commitment shown by its citizens to educating its children through quality teachers, programs, and facilities? Most would be hard pressed to think of any community investment of greater significance and with a larger pay-off. As we approach 10 February and have an opportunity to say yes to the upcoming bond which proposes the building of a new high school, a new elementary school to replace Osborn, and a significant modernization of the Peshastin-Dryden elementary school, we ask that you give that question some thought.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 More...

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