October 1, 2018
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Boeing, against the odds, emerges with a win on Air Force helicopter contract

The Air Force has announced that Boeing’s defense division has been awarded the first part of a $2.38 billion contract to buy 84 Boeing MH-139 helicopters. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2021.

They will replace the Air Force’s “aging fleet” of Huey helicopters that are used to protect the military’s ground-based ballistic missiles.

“Strong competition drove down costs for the program, resulting in $1.7 billion in savings to the taxpayer,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a statement.

The job for these helicopters comes with some serious responsibilities.

“The UH-1N replacement is seen as an important procurement because the military uses them to protect U.S.-based nuclear missile launch sites from attack and guard nuclear warheads as they are transported across the country,” The Post reported. “They would also probably be used to transport top officials out of Washington, D.C., in the event of a nuclear disaster.”

The newspaper also noted that this is the second major aircraft procurement award in the past month. The company has also won an $805 million contract to build the MQ-25 aerial-refueling drone for the Navy.

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Vote No on I-1631

No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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