Guest Commentary


Budget deal shows misplaced priorities

Our nation’s fourth president and the architect of our Constitution, James Madison, once made the striking statement that, “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater than in any other.”

Cougar policy change is about righting a wrong

When the Daily Sun News editorial board called for “a steady hand on cougar policy” and “dialogue rather than diatribe,” I agreed wholeheartedly.

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Who wouldn’t want this job?

It’s like a train wreck. Fascinating, repellent and loud, all at the same time. Talking about the American presidential sweepstakes. And, as ratings for the last few debates seem to indicate, very hard to look away.

Alarming development

While I was out of town at my sister’s wedding last month, Joni called me from home with an alarming development.

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Nothing evil about Halloween

Last night, I had the opportunity to experience one of the best Halloween traditions I’ve ever seen, the annual Trunk-or-Treat program in downtown Sunnyside.

Look beyond the surface of I-1401

On its face, backing Initiative 1401 seems like a slam dunk.

Americans reject Clinton on gun control

Rallying her base - and putting her enemies on notice - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told a debate audience in Las Vegas that the country must “stand up against the NRA” and push for more gun-control laws.

In dangerous times, we shouldn’t play politics

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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Too much of a good thing

My favorite holiday is rapidly approaching.

Who are the real deadbeats?

Growing up in Eastern Washington, most of my life I’ve had to endure talk of breaching dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Carnation recollections

In a few months the Carnation plant in Sunnyside will be no more.

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There’ll be no Buddy ‘Batman’ this year

Buddy has been pretty jumpy lately. He seems to have noticed the longer shadows in his trips through the garden.

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The inmates are running the asylum

After watching the first Democrat Party presidential debate, one can understand why the Democrat National Committee has chosen to limit their presidential debates to just six.

WSU-Spokane making progress with new public medical school

How will Washington State University’s plan to have a second public medical school in the state of Washington impact Sunnyside?

Even here in the Valley, it’s wise to know earthquake survival skills

The recent ShakeOut earthquake drill reminded me of my own limited experience with earthquakes.