Our state has been through a terrible ordeal this year. We have all had our lives turned up-side down. But, the original projections of how infectious the virus is has fallen far short of its target. It is time to end this quarantine and with appropriate protections, its time for us to go back to normal life.
On February 19, 2020, the stock market floor cheered as they closed the day on a high note. NASDAQ closed at 9,817.18, the highest ever. Then COVID-19 killed our economy. This virus will not define us, we will overcome this challenge and I believe that we will survive this virus and our strong economy will return with a vengeance!
It seem as though that there is a global pandemic like COVID or SARS, or H1N1 every couple of years. And we definitely see a couple strains of the cold/flu virus circulate the country every year. We need to have the CDC, local health districts, medical facilities, and laboratories better prepared to respond to incidences of a pandemic like COVID.
Our families are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown. Many can't pay their bills, many are out of work, many are low on food and they don't know where to turn. This is where stimulus money from the government is critical. But it doesn't go far enough. We need to allow our employees to go back to work! We need banks, mortgage companies, utility company's, and landlords to forgive past due balances for COVID related missed payments.
One of the biggest bottleneck for years! Just recently the State DOT announced that they were going to "study" a traffic revision
The main transportation route between Southeast King County and Seattle/Bellevue. It is constantly a problem.
Every day! A backup from I-90 in Issaquah to Cedar Grove Road. Why? Two traffic lights and left hand turns. We have been hearing for years how they plan to make improvements to help traffic flow better. Nothing!
Landfills and solid waste handling facilities are required by Washington State Regulation to "Control nuisance odors to prevent migration beyond property boundaries" (WAC173-350-220). That is almost never the case.
Free speech is a foundation of our republic! Important to our forefathers, so it was listed as the first amendment to the US Constitution, freedom of speech grants all Americans the liberty to criticize the government and speak their minds without fear of being censored or persecuted.
Gun control is a very hot topic in recent years. Politicians, however, are missing the mark on what gun control means. They are focusing on blanket measures trying to prevent guns from falling into anyone hands. While there are certain people that should not own, handle, or have access to deadly weapons, that should not affect the righ
Gun control is a very hot topic in recent years. Politicians, however, are missing the mark on what gun control means. They are focusing on blanket measures trying to prevent guns from falling into anyone hands. While there are certain people that should not own, handle, or have access to deadly weapons, that should not affect the rights of law abiding, responsible gun owners throughout our nation.
The first three word in our constitution say a million words! "We the People" This tells us that the intention is for the people to be in charge of the government. We the People tell the the government what to do, not the other way around. We the People make the decisions, not a set of elite few career politicians. Help me return the people to capitol hill!
Obamacare did, for the first time, what no other medical reform bill has done, it gave free or discounted medical insurance to those lacking it. But it did so at a higher cost for the rest of the already insured. Who can relate: When my medical plan was renewed after Obamacare was enacted, my premiums and co-pays increased significantly! Why can't we have both? Or better yet, a universal healthcare plan that covers all medically necessary visits and procedures - while preserving the individual freedom to choose your doctor and
Science and experience has proven the effectiveness of many legacy vaccines. Until recently we had all but eradicated small pox. So it makes sense for certain immunizations to be required. However, I do believe that there are some circumstances where immunizations maybe more harmful than helpful, and in those situations, I think that it should be left up to the parents or the individual to make the decision.
Are absolutely insane!!! The cost of an EpiPen has increase from ~$100 just 10 years ago to over $600 today. And EpiPen is far from an isolated incident. There are certain drugs that are absolutely essential to a persons daily life and I find it appealing that pharmaceutical companies will use that for financial gain.
I too once was prescribed an opioid for pain management after a car accident. But it was clear after a few months that my dependence on it wasn't just for the pain anymore. I couldn't sleep without it, I couldn't move without it, I couldn't live without it. It is clear how dangerous these drugs are. Legislation is needed that limits the use of these drugs on a very sparingly basis.
Mental health is an often overlooked medical condition. Deaths by suicide is ranked as #10 of the most common causes of death. And many cases, that is such a preventable thing. With proper medication, support groups, counseling, and on-going treatment, that number could drop dramatically.
Our military is the first line of defense. We need to make sure that it is well equipped, well trained, well lead, well funded, properly prepared, and well paid. Our military deserves more!
It is shocking to see how disrespected the police force is in various parts of the country. Not only from the general public but from city and county leadership as well. How can we expect safe cities and streets when city and county leaders and prosecutors are dismissing cases despite the merits of the case and the work that the police have done proving a persons guilt?
I will say, though, that I have seen several situations where a police officer has abused their power, and that needs to stop!
On average, the United States sees approximately 20,000 deaths by murder per year. And even worst, there are an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the United States each year. Those are ridiculously high numbers.
Plain and simple, we need to send and keep sending a message to terrorist and would-be terrorist groups (at home and abroad) that terrorism will be dealt with swiftly.
Further more, as a preventive measure, incoming freight and passengers from foreign countries need to be thoroughly screened before allowed to enter our country.
The United States leads the world in the number of incarcerated people per capita. That is not a statistic that we should be proud of. Further, the treatment and living conditions of some prisons are terrible. A new criminal justice system needs to be visited so that we can stop the revolving door and work on rehabilitation of those that commit crimes, not punishment.
I was raised by my mother and a step-father that both worked for the local school district. I remember numerous occasions where they complained about not having enough supplied or the correct tools to do their job properly. Our children are our future and if we are not equipping their teachers with what then need, we are dooming their future.
My oldest son, Jesse, has autism. And I have seen first hand the value and success of getting him involved with an early intervention program as early as possible. Even more so, the importance of proper parent, teacher, support staff, and leadership involvement when discussing a child's Individual Education Program is essential. But some schools still refuse to participate or try to get out of starting an IEP or 504 plan, as it requires too much work.
Georgetown estimates that 65% of job opening now require some level of post-high school training. And 35% of job openings require a bachelors degree or higher. Yet the cost of tuition for a public, state run college runs, on average $10-20,000 per year. Private universities can be $40-100,000 per year. And many families just cannot afford that. So the only other option is to get student loans. And walking out of college with a degree, no job, and $50,000 + in debt just doesn't make financial sense. College degrees need to be more accessible, more affordable, and the ability to finish classes in shorter time.
For certain people or families, returning to college just isn't feasible. This is where job training or technical skills training is important. Community Colleges, Technical Schools need to have these programs available and accessible for the working families.
The BLS estimates that 30% of professional jobs can be preformed remotely, online, or virtually. That number is only poised to rise in the future. To prepare our students and future professionals, universities need to be preparing our students now how to complete their work virtually. But still to this day, most university programs require on-site, in-person attendance. For some jobs, virtual work or virtual learning just isn't possible. But for those that are, we need to use the technology that we already have and make those programs available to those who can, should or need to participate online.
The seafood industry is under attack. Over bearing regulations, over fishing, non-sustainable fisheries, and upstream industrial activities are all threatening our oceans. Aquaculture is introducing invasive, farm-raised species as the result of aging equipment and poor management practices
We are starting to see a comeback from the several American manufacturing industries. But the simple truth is that many products can be made overseas for cheaper, and generally at a lower quality and in more dangerous circumstances. America need to start focusing on buying American Made. Further, we need to provide incentives for employers of manufacturers to remain in the good ole USA!
Regulations that are unnecessary and burdensome are harmful to the economy. They increase the time and cost of doing business, and therefore increase prices and kill jobs. When it takes years for federal agencies to approve new plants and facilities, it takes years before people are working there. If infrastructure development is delayed, public service is reduced and access needed for private-sector growth is reduced.
In 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment limiting the President to two terms. Congress said “too much power for too long is a threat to our freedom.”
Is anyone else tired of the on-going BS that we keep seeing from Washington year after year? Is it any surprise that many members of Congress have spent decades in office? And we are surprised that nothing ever gets done?!? Its time that we limit Congress and bring in a new set of eyes on an old problem.
To date, Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. But the federal government still does not recognize it as a legal substance.
Science and medical professional all agree that there are undisputed medicinal uses that marijuana has of a persons body. But there are still 17 states that don't recognize it and therefore millions of patients that are forced to take potentially dangerous and addicting prescription drugs to combat their symptoms.