Guest Commentary


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.

Buddy may never get to meet his ‘public’

Last weekend Buddy nearly had to be sedated because he was so excited. He thought for sure I was going to let him attend the Sunnyside Lions Club 16th Street Flea Market and Community Yard Sale, held near our home on Saturday.

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Sunnyside...take counsel from other councils

I applaud the Sunnyside City Council for its concern and caution about causing a lawsuit for the city regarding its marijuana policy.

End-of-life health care

The day my father died from prostate cancer - Jan 11, 2011 - is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain.

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Life of a Farmer

Harley pulled the tractor over to the ditch and cut the engine. He climbed down stiffly, walked to the water and soaked his head and shirt.

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1964: Gov. Rosellini stumps for votes in Sunnyside

110 YEARS AGO…(1904) The Townsite Company of Sunnyside, managed by L.L. Higgins, raised 121,000 celery plants and distributed 18,000 transplants to H.M. Lichty for farming.

Worried about aging

Do dogs and cats go senile?

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Driving isn’t a right

I’ve seen some amazingly stupid driving the past few weeks.

Taking President Obama to court

Each member of Congress and the President take an oath and swear to faithfully “preserve, protect, and defend” the United States Constitution, which provides separate powers for our nation’s three equal branches of government – the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches.

On the classy side

Dud Campbell, our resident would-be novelist, was busy on his day off. Anita watched him excitedly as he removed something from the box that had arrived.

Teens not working doesn’t work for America

Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs - down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago.

At least do the least for your country

The same day Yakima County mailed out ballots for the Primary Election, Wednesday, July 16, a total of 47 of those ballots were returned by voters.