Legislature faces issues on budget, spending and education

The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14. It is an honor and a privilege to be back in Olympia serving you.
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Abuse of agricultural trade aid costs U.S. taxpayers

By Cora Fox Center for Rural Affairs In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. Through the Market Facilitation Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has administered this aid to provide short-term relief to producers who are feeling the effects of ongoing trade disputes with foreign...
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Kicking off the 116th Congress

On Jan. 3, I took an oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the representative of the people of the 4th Congressional District in the 116th Congress. It is an honor to be entrusted with this office to represent the people of Central Washington, our values and our liberties.
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Access points can connect communities with food

How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions...
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Make it a priority to have a great year

A Happy New Year is on the agenda for most people.
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What’s in a smile?

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life It depends on whom you ask. As for Mona Lisa and the reason behind her mysterious smile, we’ll never know. But there is one thing I do know about smiles; they wield power — in a good way. If you offer a genuine smile it is guaranteed to make the recipient feel better. It’s a fact. In fact, there are a number of fun facts about smiling that most of us probably...
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Civil Air Patrol cadet program helps shape future leaders

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded on Dec. 1, 1941 and is older than the U.S. Air Force, which was founded in 1947. CAP began as a group of pilots dedicated to tracking German submarines off the Atlantic coast during World War II, and has grown over time to its current 60,000 active members.
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Waterville School to hold levies in February

On Feb. 12, Waterville School will ask our voters to approve two important levies for Waterville students. These levies are needed to ensure we can continue to provide programs and facilities that our students need and deserve.
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Eyes on the floor: Removing that pesky stain

It was a simple spot on the carpet. Well, if we are being honest it was three spots on the carpet, but who’s counting?
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A new year and new legislative session

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season with friends, family and loved ones. I wish you good health, enjoyable work, and lots of joy in 2019. Hopefully a snowy winter will provide you ample opportunity to enjoy sledding with your families or some of our area’s fabulous outdoor recreation. As for me, the new year means that the legislative session is right around the corner.
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