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On the Hot Seat: Inslee budget conceals land grab

When government controls land, it controls people.
That’s one of the reasons our nation’s founding fathers limited the scope and ability of government to hold title to land. But you wouldn’t know that in the West today, where federal and state governments hold title to more than half of all the acreage from Rocky Mountain states to the Pacific Ocean.
In Washington state, according to 2015 data, government agencies control approximately 41 percent of all land.

Faith in Focus: Christmas can be eye-opening time

One of the great tragedies of being human is that we so easily take for granted some of the most amazing and astounding wonders of the world around us. How rarely we ponder the magnificence of creation, from the intricacy of the tiniest flower or insect to the grandeur of galaxies and the mind-blowing immensity of the cosmic web.

What is your favorite summer event?

Whether near or far, what is your favorite summertime event?

Election season, what do you look for?

What qualities do you look for in someone running for office? Do you look at their personalities, their political party, their work history or something else? And out of those qualities, which is most important?

First day of spring

March 20 is the first day of spring, what are you looking forward to?

What would you name the east half of Washington if it became a new state?

Last year the Statesman-Examiner asked readers if they thought Washington State should be split in two. The majority of readers voted yes. The suggested popular name for the new state is Liberty. Do you like the name Liberty State? If not, do you have your own suggestion for a new state's name?

What are your thoughts on soda taxes?

If there was a statewide soda tax in Washington, like the one implemented in Seattle, would you be dissuaded from purchasing drinks (ie. soda, energy drinks, juice) or would you incorporate the extra cost in your budget?

How would you describe your community?

Whether you consider your community just your home town or the entire county, how would you describe it to a stranger?

What is the best way to spend Christmas Eve?

Everyone has their own traditions, what is yours? Do you watch old Christmas movies with the family while sipping hot chocolate? Wrapping presents last minute? Do you read Bible verses to your children? How do you celebrate the day before Christmas?