Editorial

County made right call with summer burn ban

September 07, 2017 at 3:00 am

The heavy smoke clouding the air from several regional wildfires is a reminder of how dry the Columbia Basin and the surrounding area truly is. The shrub-steppe habitat of Eastern Washington, with its thick and bountiful sagebrush, is well ...

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Good communication key in Othello bond proposal

August 31, 2017 at 3:00 am

Othello schools are bursting at the seams, fraught with overcrowding in kindergarten through eighth grade and grades 9-12. The school district is working to solve the problem and improve conditions for students and staff. One step in the r...

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School choice surges in Washington state and beyond

August 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

School choice is the term for giving families the ability to choose the school that is the best fit for their child. Families with economic means already enjoy school choice. They can afford private school tuition or homes in districts with...

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Dan Evans would serve America well

August 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National Park honoring Washington’s distinguished three-term governor and U.S....

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No change to Big Bend’s accreditation

August 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

The Aug. 8 article on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) issuing a “notice of concern” to Big Bend Community College is a sober reminder of the importance of addressing the NWCCU recommendation to improve our proc...

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Farewell, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’

August 10, 2017 at 3:00 am

Country music singer Glen Campbell died this week at 81, prompting many heartfelt condolences and tributes. Campbell, a big name in the ’60s and ’70s for the hits “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “Wichita Lineman” had been battlin...

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Declaration of Independence - Pursuit of happiness

August 10, 2017 at 3:00 am

Pursuit of happiness? Are people taught what the phrase means? The United States Constitution does not include the word “happiness.” The meaning, as understood by our forefathers, is equivalent to today’s word “happenstance.” By happenstanc...

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Congress versus health

August 03, 2017 at 3:00 am

People need good medical care, but health insurance is not medical care. Nothing in either the Declaration of Independence or Constitution provides for government healthcare or insurance. The Constitution doesn’t prohibit individual states ...

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Protect your home, family during fire season

July 27, 2017 at 4:00 am

It’s summertime and naturally, the environment is more relaxed. Kids are home from school and on summer break. Many other adults are taking some well-earned vacation time. And some people are taking ‘staycations’ by enjoying the scenic park...

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Council needs well-informed members

July 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

I’ve been asked what makes me qualified to serve on the city council.My background includes 25 years in the United States Air Force with two one-year tours in Vietnam. Approximately 13 years was as a medic and 12 as a physician assistant. W...

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