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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1914: Gochnour brothers’ lumber mill razed by fire

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

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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.

Voters’ support appreciated


I am deeply grateful for the support that I have received in the Primary Election, from my friends and neighbors in the 15th legislative district.

Groundwater outlook bleak


I always enjoy showing friends my garden this time of year and the variety of agricultural crops in our area. After all, with water we can grow just about anything in a desert.

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A big new tax coming to your Internet bill?

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on Nov. 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can’t use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It’s a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

Big surprise in a big package

You know the saying, good things come in little packages. The other day we received a big surprise in a big package.