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Hirst bill failure hits ruralites

Here in Eastern Washington, many residents buy land in hopes of building their own homestead. Many purchases are based on the ability to drill for water.

Smelter’s demise shows tipping point

Driving east along state Highway 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams.

We can do so much more as a community

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Last Saturday, area dairy farmers partnered with Walmart and the Sunnyside Police Department for a benefit outside the Sunnyside store to collect donations for the family of little Isabella Orozco, who tragically died in an accident in the Walmart parking lot March 18.

The rural lifestyle will survive

Get this: More people are fleeing big cities for rural areas and some are doing so because they fear a major financial collapse is imminent.

Chavez beliefs omitted from rally

Cesar Chavez is remembered for his efforts on behalf of farm workers. So, it makes sense the Lower Yakima Valley honors his contributions to those here who help to feed a nation.

Residents can’t afford $8 billion tax hike

The budget battle in the state Legislature has kicked into high gear as we now have official budget proposals from House Democrats and the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus.

Act is a ruse for activist agenda

Don’t let lawmakers fool you. Their efforts are rarely altruistic.

With TSA, indignity is security price

It was probably worse for the Transportation Security Administration officer than it was for me.

Retired educators staying active locally

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The old adage, “If you can read this thank a teacher,” reminds us that educators are a valuable group in any community.

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End illegal Obamacare exemption

The House effort to repeal and replace Obamacare flamed out in spectacular fashion and leaders in Congress seem content to move on to other issues.

President should veto bill

A Congressional move yesterday will essentially make your online activities available to the highest bidder — without your permission.

We did our due diligence. Did you do yours?

Commenters have a responsibility to pay attention to the details, too

A story about a former Miss Latina being arrested has caused an unwarranted social media tempest.

Protecting those who protect us

“It comes with the job” is a phrase many of us know. Usually, it refers to a hazardous condition or inherent downside that people who go into a certain line of work take as a given condition of employment.

Dinner, auction sold out for first time ever

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Earlier this month, St. Joseph Parish hosted its Saint Patrick’s Dinner and Auction.

Trump gives media what it deserves

I used to enjoy watching the morning news on television before heading to work each weekday. I say used to...