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Letters to the Editor
July 19, 2017
Guinness Caught in Brexit Border Cross-Fire
When the Economist Magazine reported the price of a Guinness pint could increase because of Brexit, it grabbed readers' attention.
Brexit is the process whereby Great Britain, including Northern Ireland and Scotland, is withdrawing from the European Union. 
The Republic of Ireland remains with 26 other nations.
EU members benefit from a standardized system of laws which allows the free movement of people and goods.  Costly border checkpoints were abolished, but because of Brexit, they may be reconstructed between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Progress on Central Washington Issues
Hurry up and wait. That's a well-known phrase that can often apply to the way Congress operates: gradual starts followed by sudden momentum. Every matter before Congress is considered in a process driven by a series of discussions and debates.
Because of the way our legislative calendar works, July is typically crunch time in both Houses of Congress to accomplish the people's legislative business. This year has been no different, and just last week, Congress made important progress on many critical federal issues for Central Washington. From preserving federal dams to Hanford cleanup to supporting work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Tri-Cities, the legislative ball has moved forward in a significant way.
Dan Newhouse