Guest Commentary


Could you pass a ‘good citizen’ test?

My son Gideon’s former elementary school awarded (and still awards) a weekly “good citizen” award to a student who does an outstanding job with teamwork, politeness, kindness, etc.

Congress should pass tax reform

Unemployment is low, stocks are booming, and business confidence is soaring to record highs.

Prayer for peace that calls us to act

Howard Henry’s no preacher. But the prayer he uttered outside a home on Logan Street in Harrisburg on a chilly night last week for Kaliah Dearing, 16, and Natasha Harner, 24, who had been found shot dead there, carried the same weight as if they’d been uttered by a man or a woman of the cloth.

Congress obsesses over amnesty

A year ago, 63 million Americans elected Donald Trump as president. Energized by Trump’s pledge to enforce immigration laws and restore an immigration system that works, voters pulled off a historic defeat of mainstream avowed-open border candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Veterans Day, marked by numbers

“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.”

Do we really need diversity visas?

Nothing can compensate for the eight New York murders Uzbek national Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov perpetrated or the pain and suffering the victims’ families will forever endure. But one positive shift has occurred.

Political correctness root of attack

Political correctness strikes again.

Why don’t hospitals give estimates?

If your goal was to design a system that guaranteed high prices, encouraged waste and discouraged price shopping there is no need to start from scratch. Just adopt the U.S. health insurance market and you’re good to go.

Non-English speakers affect U.S.

For 22 years, beginning in 1986 and ending in 2008, I taught in the California public school system. My subject was English as a second language, and my students were adults.

Maybe the Clintons’ luck will run out

Excuse me, but didn’t I write this column already?

Inappropriate Halloween costumes

“Now that everything has become politicized, it only makes sense that Halloween costumes should be politicized, too.”

Retain Matson as port commissioner


I am writing asking you to vote to retain Jeff Matson as a Port of Sunnyside commissioner.

For 5 years, I didn’t lose my keys

I was in Ellensburg five years ago doing an interview about a winery. When I came back to my car, I reached into my pocket, and there were no keys.

No such thing as personal privacy

Your personal information is most likely out there for criminals to use.

Construction rages as fires continue

California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which oversees 31 million acres of privately owned wildlands, said the raging and ongoing wildfires rank among the worst in the state’s history.