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Labor Day...a historical perspective

Labor Day is just around the corner.

Primates should not be kept as pets

You may not be considering a chimpanzee or macaque as your next household pet, but shockingly others are keeping them in their homes.

Pet owners are costing us all money

Mabton has been having “doggie round-ups,” collecting dogs running loose on the streets, on week nights and weekends.

Talking past each other is no way to solve a problem

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering many of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee meetings this past year.

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Authoritarian police state threatens Americans’ liberty

America’s attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting of Michael Brown.

Agricultural research vital to Central Washington

I am proud to represent one of the most diverse agricultural regions in the world.

Pity the poor streamers

Every day, birds flying near a certain spot on the California-Nevada border are incinerated in midair.

Time for cops to cut ties with Raines

During the 2011 race for Sunnyside City Council the Sunnyside Police Guild for the first time decided to formally and publicly endorse a political candidate. They threw their support to Jason Raines, who was successful in his bid for city council.

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Memories and might-have-beens

According to the ideas4writers website, Aug. 12 marked the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Evil strikes back in the 21st Century

Just as World War I didn’t prove to be “the war to end all wars,” the 20th century didn’t turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest.

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Tumbling dumpsters

The meeting probably wasn’t as awkward as Cain attending Abel’s funeral.

It’s a fowl-ish situation

Buddy and I have been wondering about the fuss being made about allowing chicken farming inside the city limits.

Strong state employment but warning lights are flashing

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate.

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The Slacker Congress

More fun than 14 barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla.

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Congressional mailbag

Each month I receive thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters, tweets and Facebook messages on a variety of topics. I want to share a few questions that I’ve recently received.