RAISE Act is good for U.S. workers

In recent weeks, discussion on immigration has moved from illegal to legal.

Water tax dampens healthy choices

Later this week when the temperature soars to near 110 degrees and you’re thirsty, be prepared to pay more for a drink of water.

Granger’s splash pad is a good idea

Many Granger residents think of Department of Public Works crew members as heroes.

Passenger train idea worth a long look

Over the past few decades, there has been a push to strip Eastern Washington of its railroad infrastructure in the name of trails. But a study going on at Central Washington University has breathed new life into rail service opportunities here in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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.