Opinion

Guest Opinions

Guest column: Experts discuss dealing with heroin abuse epidemic

A new study shows that half of all Americans have a friend or family member who is or has been addicted to opioid drugs. Some of the problem is the result of over-prescribed medication by the medical community. Some is the result of the inability of young people to cope with the daily pressures of life, and they seek to self-medicate. Still others join gangs and turn to a life of crime, a culture rich with the abuse of drugs of all kinds. Whatever the cause, the problem with opioid addiction, which includes heroin and prescription pain killers, has grown to epidemic proportions in America in spite of the best efforts of law enforcement and behavioral scientists to turn the problem around.

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Editorials

Letter: Control your own destiny and don’t tailgate

Recently, I encountered several drivers who were looking for a new hood ornament. My tendency is to drive at the posted speed limit. These individuals, who were just inches away from my rear bumper, probably felt they needed to arrive at their destination sooner. Or they were trying to intimidate me into going faster (shame on them if it is the later reason).

Guest Opinions

Ruben Navarrette: Ted Cruz is a man of principle

When Ted Cruz accepted the invitation to speak at the Republican National Convention, then refused to endorse Donald Trump — urging delegates to “vote your conscience” — members of the Trump family and many pundits accused Cruz of putting himself before the party. Baloney. It took courage and character for Cruz to stand his ground, and he has an ample supply of both.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: We face a bizarre choice for president

The recent news about Hillary Clinton and her email puts yet another incredibly negative taint to an already bizarre choice we face for president. I can’t remember a time when we citizens were confronted with trying to decide on the best of the worst candidates we’ve had in years.

Videos

Vetoes and how the Legislature can override them

Joe Fain, a Republican state senator from King County, breaks down how Washington's veto process differs from Congress and the historical fate of bills that have come up against the governor's red pen.
Vetoes and how the Legislature can override them 2:36

Vetoes and how the Legislature can override them

Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Idaho 3:25

Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Idaho

Congressman Dan Newhouse holds election rally in Pasco 0:39

Congressman Dan Newhouse holds election rally in Pasco

Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled at Florida delegation breakfast in Philadelphia 0:51

Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled at Florida delegation breakfast in Philadelphia