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Mabuhay spirit

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Radar blips

Doc was the first one in at the Mule Barn truck stop this morning, so he got to pick, and he chose the round table instead of the philosophy counter.

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Congress too gutless to raise federal gas tax

If you want to see Washington in action - or, more precisely, Washington inaction - consider its latest wimpish response to our infrastructure crisis.

Congress is consigning us to fiscal chaos

The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget.

F as in file…please?

“There is nothing sure in this world,” Billy Idol pouts in his 1982 song “White Wedding.”

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1985: New Sunnyside ordinance includes fee for satellite installations

In honor of the eighth grade graduating class of Liberty, a rural Sunnyside-area school, Mr. and Mrs. James Dunn hosted a cobweb party.

End of season event finishes on sour note

I am left scratching my head after this past weekend’s Mid-Valley Swim League championship event in Prosser.

Politics is not the path to pro-life victory

During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The U.S. government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder.

VET Act would ensure every military veteran’s access to highest level of emergency care services

No one should ever hang up a phone on a veteran seeking medical assistance. Every veteran deserves to be treated with respect and dignity - and especially with urgency in an emergency medical situation.

Is the right water plan currently being considered?

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The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan includes a number of actions for improvements in the Yakima River Basin. Among them is more storage for water. That would be beneficial if the proposed storage projects could supply the water needed now and in the future.

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Inmate college scholarships shine light on mounting student debt

The Obama Administration announced it will begin providing Pell grants to federal prisoners, effectively overturning a 1994 ban on the practice.

Support for fundraiser lauded

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The family of Kammie and Laynee Schneider wish to thank the communities of Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser for all of their support, donations, time and efforts that made the Boots and BBQ Benefit Auction & Dinner such a great success.

The ultimate child abuse

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Today’s abortion crisis reminds me of how the populace in Germany, during World War II, showed no concern that the Nazis were sending millions of Jews to the gas chambers.

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Are we a Kirk or Picard?

It’s a sign of the times that the dumbest answer in the Presidential campaign so far yielded the deepest question. As usual, Ted Cruz started it.

Head scratchers?

The Minnesota dentist who shot a rare African lion on an animal reserve in Zimbabwe earlier this month, with a bow and arrow, and then claimed he was led to believe the hunt was legal.