Guest Commentary


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Harney County begins new journey

I grew up in a ranching family in the Okanogan Highlands, where I had the good fortune to spend my childhood close to the land.

American liberties are soaked in blood, not god-given

The Iowa caucus brings out the evangelical in all Republican candidates.

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Iowa reveals problems for Clinton, Trump

Instead of a coronation, Democrat Hillary Clinton, the ultimate political insider, left Iowa on Monday in the middle of an honest-to-goodness campaign against a septuagenarian, self-described Democratic Socialist who’d promised his supporters a political revolution.

Girls Scout cookies are not your primary diet

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us — which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

Hip, tech-savvy senator hits Olympia

I arrived at the state Capitol just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11. It was the first day of the legislative session, but I had been in Olympia almost a week.

I can no longer support Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has made me sad.

Surviving D.C.’s winter blues

Boy, it’s cold outside.

Are we just like Rome?

Back in the early ‘Aughts, when the wheels were starting to come off the economy, America’s legions were fighting not one, but two foreign wars.

The white actors matter Academy Awards

“Black Lives Matter” — except in Tinseltown. The Hollywood liberals who give Academy Awards to their friends got called out for their lack of diversity this week.

Reservoir proposal merits further review

After the last two years of drought in Eastern Washington, you would think the state and federal governments would be looking for practical solutions for water storage.

Constructive continuity

A couple weeks ago I bumped into John Darrington, a consultant who guided the search a few years ago that led Sunnyside to hire Don Day as its city manager.

Obama and Iran make strange bedfellows

We should be thankful the Obama administration is nearing its end.

Children need to learn to sled alone

Here’s something you don’t see in the winter much anymore: unsupervised children sledding alone.

Mastering the fourth industrial revolution

The smart car is upon us and self-driving automobiles soon will be commonplace — which will be the buzz at this week’s 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Feds’ overreach is an issue here, too

As we continue to watch the events at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge unfold, we should stop to see what’s happening right here in Eastern Washington.