A great triumph of civilization was to grade taxation to equalize the relative pain of taxation for each income earner. Tax them proportionally the same and everyone pays for government with the same degree of sacrifice.
Though politically liberal, I’ve spent most of my life in conservative communities. Over the years I have developed a deep respect for the way conservative values build strong communities: family, faith and personal responsibility. Military service is respected, and elders show us where we came from.
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What is the value of public higher education? How does it affect societal and economic issues in the Tri-Cities, the state and regional communities? This will be the topic of discussion at the Dec. 14 Badger Club forum.
I read and re-read last week’s Letter Best (Trump answered the call for missing masculinity, Dec. 3) hoping that the writer didn’t truly mean what he was saying, but I found nothing to suggest that he wasn’t serious.
In a time when corporations’ tax burden is only half of what it was in the 1950s and 60s; when the annual federal budget deficit is still $440 billion; when unemployment and inflation are low and when we need to spend billions on U.S. infrastructure; and when wealth inequality is reaching the highest level since the great depression, Trump and the Republicans are proposing a tax package where half of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest 1 percent in the U.S and will increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion.
Uber — the ride-sharing service that’s put a dent into the nation’s taxi business — recently announced that more than a year ago it was hacked, resulting in the personal data for about 57 million customers and Uber drivers being stolen. But, according to several media reports, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and pushed them to keep the theft secret.
Although the Multnomah Falls Lodge has reopened to welcome visitors from the Northwest and beyond, the impact of the Eagle Creek Fire that torched the surrounding area will linger for generations. Foremost among the continuing issues will be the regenerative power of nature and the notion of justice for the Vancouver teen accused of sparking the blaze.
The U.S. military actively protected child rapists in Afghanistan, allowed a rape/murder conviction of an ex-Marine in Japan, and reversed the discharge of a Green Beret soldier who beat-up an admitted child rapist Afghan official. A look at the uneven meting of child sexual abuse punishment and protection for and by Americans overseas.
Recently, Columbia Basin College's math department held a family-friendly Math Night with no limits on age or mathematical understanding. Students and faculty presented for an educational, fun-filled two hours in the world of math. The event brought out the diversity of our community in the participants and presenters, and how math is used in a diverse number of occupations and life events.
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
‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires
Highlights from Kamiakin’s 52-46 win over Lewis and Clark
Council roll call vote on Pasco supermajority voting requirement proposal