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COLUMN: Central Washington Stories Show Need for Opioid Abuse Answers

“My brother is an addict. I am raising his daughter.” That is one of the many responses I received when I asked constituents of the 4th Congressional District how opioids and heroin abuse have affected people in our community.

COLUMN: Progress in Congress on Protecting Northwest Hydropower

For months, my Pacific Northwest congressional colleagues and I have been raising our voices and working on legislation to prevent increasing forced spill at the lower Snake and Columbia River dams from raising electricity rates in our region by $40 million. That forced spill order, the result of a ruling of a single federal judge in Portland, took effect at the beginning of April.

COLUMN: Holocaust Remembrance Fading

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, the late Elie Wiesel, once said of that horrific state-sponsored genocide that, “to forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn't prevent the first death.

COLUMN: Good Riddance to Old, Outdated Tax System

‘And don’t let the door hit you on your way out,’ one might say to the old tax code that allocated more of American families’ earnings to the federal government. Tuesday, April 17 is the final filing day under the outdated federal tax system, thanks to successful tax reform efforts that have been signed into law.

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