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Now’s your chance to speak up

Concerned or displeased with the way our state manages its lands or responds to wildfire?

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Restroom debate prompts homeschool push

Debates over the U.S. government’s foreign and economic policies have recently taken a backseat to the debate over what bathroom transgender individuals should use.

Welcome to your-name-here school

Good for Mabton.

Don’t leave pets alone in cars this weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, countless Americans will head outside — flocking to parades and picnics and pools — to enjoy some fun in the sun alongside family and friends.

Senators should back off mine

Our westside U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are wading into the debate over allowing a copper mine in Eastern Washington.

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Observe Memorial Day, honor war dead

For most Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues, outdoor activities and a three-day weekend away from work. The meaning of the holiday is often lost.

Tips for a safe Memorial Day weekend trip

The good news this Memorial Day weekend is more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel, making the unofficial kickoff to summer this year the second busiest on record.

The ‘Little Sisters’ freedom fight

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place.

Time to stop free passes

Public employees should be held to a higher standard

A top local school administrator is arrested for drunken driving in a publicly owned vehicle. Two area teachers are placed on administrative leave after being charged with illegal sexual activities involving children.

Corporate sponsorship of national parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave or a father introducing his son to Shiloh National Military Park, I always believed I could enjoy America’s treasures without too much intrusion from Madison Avenue.

We should resist Obama’s edict

Today, President Obama’s administration is threatening our school districts — and every other district across the country — with legal action if they don’t obey his new edict on restroom use.

Relay for Life boosts morale, helps locals

In the past, a cancer diagnosis was considered a death sentence.