March 25, 2015
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By Don C. Brunell
Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy.
Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman and member of the House of Lords. He is often shunned because he owns land where coal is mined.
Recently, Ridley wrote in The Wall Street Journal that while oil, gas and coal have problems, their benefits are beyond dispute. 

By Rep. Terry Nealey
When sponsors drafted Initiative 937, the "Energy Independence Act," they said in the state Voters' Pamphlet the measure would "give us cheaper, renewable alternatives like wind and solar," "reduce our dependence on fossil fuels" such as coal, and "save us money." Statewide voters were sold on those promises and gave the measure 52 percent approval in November 2006.

As I begin my service in our nation's capital, I have been impressed by the many monuments, memorials and statues that recall the great conflicts that have defined our history, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and those of the 20th Century. The burden of keeping our nation free and secure has largely fallen on the shoulders of the men and women of our Armed Forces. These memorials help us feel connected to those who served honorably in the U.S. military and remind me of men like my father, who served a tour in the South Pacific with the Navy during World War II.