Guest commentary



Grads: Seize opportunity

The month of June brings a stream of graduation ceremonies and festivities. It is truly a rewarding and exciting time for graduates and their families as personal struggles are overcome and goals are reached.

June 4, 2014 midnight read more..


Look to private sector to cut emissions

President Obama is expected to announce a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants – the nation’s single largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won’t hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

June 4, 2014 midnight read more..


Learn from cooperation

Billy Frank Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as the Forests and Fish agreement. Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

May 21, 2014 midnight read more..


Constituents ask questions

Each month I receive thousands of emails, phone calls, letters, tweets and Facebook messages. Here are a few questions I have received recently: <strong>What is being done to hold former IRS official, Lois Lerner, and the Obama Administration accountable for their continued overreaching actions? </strong>When concerns were raised about IRS officials targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, several House Committees – including the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which I serve on – began investigating. Unfortunately, when Ms. Lerner testified in May 2013 and again in March, she refused to answer questions or shed light on the necessary information to evaluate the degree of wrongdoing by the IRS. Congress has a clear constitutional duty to conduct robust oversight of the executive branch and to ensure the laws are being faithfully executed. Given her ongoing refusal to cooperate, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted earlier this month to hold Ms. Lerner in contempt of Congress. The motion will now go before the full House of Representatives for approval. As the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, I have overseen numerous investigations into the Obama Administration and can tell you firsthand that it is failing to live up to its promise of being the most open and transparent administration in history. What is Congress doing to get more Americans back to work? House Republicans’ focus remains on creating jobs and growing our economy. One common sense way to support small business job creators is to eliminate burdensome red tape and excessive government regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. The House passed several bills to halt some of the Obama Administration’s most damaging regulations and ensure Congress gets final say on new rules that will have a major impact on the economy. In addition, the House has passed a number of bipartisan measures to create jobs and unlock America’s energy potential – including approving the Keystone pipeline, which is shovel-ready and has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs. Finally, the House is working to eliminate barriers to trade by creating new opportunities for our growers and manufacturers to compete in a global marketplace, and we are working to fix the tax code to improve competitiveness. Rep. Doc Hastings represents Washington’s 4th Congressional District, including part of Okanogan County.

April 30, 2014 midnight read more..


Kudos to our volunteers

I have served on the Omak City Council for approximately seven years now, and the one major item that continues to astound me is our volunteers.

April 23, 2014 midnight read more..


Tonasket Food Bank needs help

Once more, the Tonasket Food Bank may have to find a new home. Our board of directors are faced with a choice of finding another location or purchasing the building currently used.

April 16, 2014 midnight read more..
 

Regulations stifle growth of jobs

Every year, the federal government issues hundreds of burdensome regulations, covering everything from domestic energy production to the specific types of light bulbs you can buy to the dust found on a farm.

January 22, 2014 midnight read more..


Sharing Tree questions answered

A story about the Soroptimists Sharing Tree published on the front page of the Dec. 15 edition of The Chronicle has generated some questions about who benefitted from donated gifts. I would like to clear up any misconceptions.

January 15, 2014 midnight read more..


Election gives mandate for change

The Coulee Dam elections were a clear mandate for change — for a different way of serving, for more transparency, for more concern and hopefully for more citizen involvement.

January 1, 2014 midnight read more..
  

Office values ‘service excellence’

As we count down to the holidays and a new year and a new legislative session, we have been busier than ever, finding innovative and cost-effective ways to better serve the people of Washington.

December 18, 2013 midnight read more..


Tree symbolizes healthy forests

For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been a holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. I’m proud to say this is the second time a tree from Washington state has been selected as the Capitol Christmas Tree.

December 11, 2013 midnight read more..


Office provides variety of services

As your representative to the United States Congress, one of my highest priorities is providing service and assistance to those who call Central Washington home.

December 4, 2013 midnight read more..