Guest Commentary


A few stories of this area’s earliest pioneers

The sources of these stories are two: a 1904 copy of the History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties of Washington, and a WPA sponsored publication of 1935 - “As Told By the Pioneers.”

Words worth remembering on Presidents’ Day

On Feb. 16 of this year our country will celebrate “Presidents’ Day,” almost 240 years after the beginning of the American Revolution, and 154 years since the start of the Civil War.

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Six months won’t solve Williams’ woes

Brian Williams probably isn’t a liar. Based on recent revelations, amplifications and clarifications, he appears to be a serial exaggerator.

Time races on by

Mabel Adams was out the other day, with her new walker, the one with the basket on it, and a seat for sitting when she gets tired. It’s a purple kind of walker and she likes it. It has hand brakes, too, just like a bicycle.

Parents: please, vaccinate your kids

I remember chicken pox. I remember how painfully itchy it was and how I sobbed and begged my mom to make it go away.

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Vaccine politics: bowing at the altar of ignorance

Listening to the attacks on vaccines, I’m reminded of the closing line in The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?

Yakima County 150 years ago

Last month Yakima County celebrated 150 years since its boundaries were drawn and its name chosen by the Washington Territorial Legislature.

Leftist leader with right idea

Can you imagine a nation’s president, a former guerilla fighter with socialist leanings, enacting policies that favor business and encourage foreign investment? How about a leader who prefers living in a farmhouse rather than the presidential mansion?

Time for businesses to get rolling downtown

Now that the renovations to downtown streets are pretty much finished, I think we need some new businesses to open.

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Thinking conservatively on school choice

History has proven that few things are able to unite the social and fiscal wings of American conservatism.

The American Sniper was no hero

Hero or coward?

Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer.

Quit wasting time on Moore, Maher & Dean

Hero or coward?

Bill Maher called Chris Kyle of “American Sniper” a “psychopath patriot.”

Help commemorate ‘Four Chaplains Sunday’

The story of the “Four Chaplains” brings a tear to the eye and a sense of hope to the heart.

The best kept secret of WWII

This past Thursday morning I attended a presentation of one of the great stories of World War II that few know of. From 1942 to 1945 American-made war planes were secretly flown into the Soviet Union to help them in their fight against the Nazis.