Senate right to withhold capital approval

While city folk and governmental bureaucrats are whining about our state’s capital budget being held hostage until a Hirst decision fix is in place, we think the state Senate is doing the right thing.

Bill is a small win against GMA rules

Two counties won a hard-fought, albeit minor, victory in Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing Senate Bill 5517 into law this past week.

Old-fashioned 4th of July fun

Another Sunnyside Independence Day is now on the books, and all that remains is to congratulate those who work all year to made the day fun for the community they serve.

Stand tall and proud this Fourth

Looking back at photographs of past Independence Day celebrations, it’s clear Lower Yakima Valley residents know how to enjoy the simple pleasures afforded Americans in the pursuit of happiness.

Kudos on insurance for rural residents

Even as Republicans and Democrats struggle to find common ground on a budget in the state legislature, at least there was some good news for Klickitat County residents this week when Republican Rep. Gina McCabe of Goldendale and state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced health insurance providers would be available for that rural area.

Columbia River treaty should be a top priority

Eastern Washington Republican lawmakers Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane are pushing the Trump Administration to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty.

Port deserves praise for vision

The numbers alone are staggering.

See you at Alder Creek

A restaurant chain used to say “when you’re here, you’re family.”

Trump is right to pull out of Paris pact

President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was the right move to make on many levels. But the most important reason was the illegal nature of the pact.

Here’s to pomp and reflection for 2017

It’s hard to believe, but graduation season for the Lower Yakima Valley is already upon us.

Olympia needs to join the real world

We ordinary folks live in a real world of deadlines.

Taxpayers hooked for records cost, twice

A new public records law that allows agencies to essentially charge for employee time puts taxpayers on the hook for the possible doubling of wages.

Lose the trash this weekend

It’s time to put the winter of 2016-17 behind us and do a little deep cleaning around our Lower Yakima Valley neighborhoods.

Win or lose, it’s how you behave

Sportsmanship — good and bad — were on display Tuesday night in Sunnyside. As the local boys soccer team wrapped up its 2-1 victory eliminating Davis High School from the postseason, threats stole the show.