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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.

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.