Guest Commentary


Good call...Mabton

On Independence Day we were captives in our own home.

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Unifying holiday of Independence Day is the time to celebrate your freedom with friends and neighbors

Families will be gathered for barbecues, parades and fireworks tomorrow, our nation’s birthday.

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Supreme Court ignores rule of law

Last week in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted the federal government’s argument in the case of King v. Burwell, and in the process effectively rewrote legislative text.

My favorite Martian

There’s a Martian working for Yakima County, and what he does is really useful.

Congress must help the Obamacare victims the Supreme Court ignored

The lawyering and the judging is over, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that subsidies and mandates that the Obamacare law limited to “an exchange established by the state” also apply to Healthcare-dot-gov.

Dance your way through life

Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall, and smiled to see her husband, Doc, waltzing with Ardis Fisher.

Auditing the auditor

We were at the coast last week and I returned to work a couple of days ago to find an e-mail from acting state auditor Jan Jutte.

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A ray of hope in the confederacy of dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or “evolutions,” if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed last Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

Higher standards expected

The role of any public figure, whether politician, government employee or the face of the local media, is important because all of these roles require the trust of the public.

Can I interest you in a snickerdoodle?

“You’re awfully quiet this morning, Steve,” Dud said to his buddy, the cowboy with the haystack mustache.

Sunnyside has its wild places

I grew up across the street from a horse pasture.

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Donald Trump’s circus act

Poor Jeb. He’s Donald Trump’s first Republican victim, but he won’t be his last.

Playing through

This week a dozen or so of our state legislators are engaged in a conflict over green.

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Let’s put Americans back in charge of their health care

President Obama confirmed the experience of many Americans with his signature health law last week when he noted that has been “…a well-­documented disaster.”

Let’s ditch the political correctness

Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives.