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Time for cops to cut ties with Raines

During the 2011 race for Sunnyside City Council the Sunnyside Police Guild for the first time decided to formally and publicly endorse a political candidate. They threw their support to Jason Raines, who was successful in his bid for city council.

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Memories and might-have-beens

According to the ideas4writers website, Aug. 12 marked the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Evil strikes back in the 21st Century

Just as World War I didn’t prove to be “the war to end all wars,” the 20th century didn’t turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest.

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Tumbling dumpsters

The meeting probably wasn’t as awkward as Cain attending Abel’s funeral.

It’s a fowl-ish situation

Buddy and I have been wondering about the fuss being made about allowing chicken farming inside the city limits.

Strong state employment but warning lights are flashing

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate.

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The Slacker Congress

More fun than 14 barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla.

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Congressional mailbag

Each month I receive thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters, tweets and Facebook messages on a variety of topics. I want to share a few questions that I’ve recently received.

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Waiting on Mother Nature

We walked quietly out and looked toward the west. It seems as though everyone did.

End of an era?

Last week I read a story detailing the impending closure of Yakima’s only record store, Off the Record.

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Fixing a failing government

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails - and that we need to address this.

Is it any wonder America is in decline?

It is said that Americans don’t like titles.

Uniformly uncertain

Occasionally in my 14 years of covering political races I’ve stumbled on an issue that I didn’t realize was an issue.

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Let boys be boys during the summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read “The Dangerous Book for Boys.”

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Bringing the Endangered Species Act into the 21st Century

From the decimation of our timber industry to severe restrictions placed on our growers, those of us in the Pacific Northwest are all too familiar with the severe impact that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) can have on our local communities - often with little benefit to the species this law is intended to protect.

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