Entrepreneurs key to America

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue which fund our schools and puts people to work.

Transgender cost: childhood

I know an 8-year-old boy who likes all sorts of reptiles. There is, however, one particular stuffed snake that collects dust in the corner of the toy room.

Papers, please, if you want to attend

Congressman Dan Newhouse came under fire earlier this year for neglecting his constituency.

Level playing field for manufacturers

For years, the state has imposed increasingly stringent environmental regulations on manufacturers, producers and those doing business here.

And the Effie goes to ...

Awards season is well under way in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Shared parenting catching on

For years around Olympia, Sen. Jim Kastama was the man when it came to championing fathers’ rights.

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


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


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