Hirst, budget should be priorities

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn Sine Die a week from Sunday, lawmakers still have two major topics to tackle — the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and the biennial budget.

Papers, please, if you want to attend

Congressman Dan Newhouse came under fire earlier this year for neglecting his constituency.

Chavez beliefs omitted from rally

Cesar Chavez is remembered for his efforts on behalf of farm workers. So, it makes sense the Lower Yakima Valley honors his contributions to those here who help to feed a nation.

President should veto bill

A Congressional move yesterday will essentially make your online activities available to the highest bidder — without your permission.

We did our due diligence. Did you do yours?

Commenters have a responsibility to pay attention to the details, too

A story about a former Miss Latina being arrested has caused an unwarranted social media tempest.

Interior budget cut not enough

President Donald J. Trump has proposed a 12 percent budget cut for the federal Department of the Interior.

Kudos to Inslee for watching out for us

We give Gov. Jay Inslee grief from time to time for policies and lack of leadership, but he is to be commended for his recent emergency proclamations benefitting our region.

Plan to attend a hemp hearing

Despite the long winter, you might say agriculture in Eastern Washington is starting the year off on a high note.

Faithless electors fined as deserved

The so-called “faithless electors” who chose not to support Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College will have to ante up for their willful violation of state law.

Just do it! Repeal Obamacare

For seven years, the Republicans in Congress have been grousing about the Affordable Care Act.

State’s hate crime bill not a good idea

Law enforcement officers have difficult jobs and are to be commended for putting themselves in harm’s way each and every day.

Education bonds will lift area

Education is important to residents of the Lower Yakima Valley. That is evident by yesterday’s clean sweep when it comes to school construction bond votes.

Courts risk lives of American citizens

When a country fails to defend it’s borders, it ceases to become a sovereign nation.

An A+ for Zillah’s school bond levy

Residents in the Zillah School District are deciding on a $14.9 million bond issue for the Feb. 14 ballot.

Let’s have a trial run for 75 mph on I-90


For the second time in two years, state lawmakers are considering raising the speed limit to 75 mph on certain sections of Interstate 90.