Guest Commentary


Corporate sponsorship of national parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave or a father introducing his son to Shiloh National Military Park, I always believed I could enjoy America’s treasures without too much intrusion from Madison Avenue.

We should resist Obama’s edict

Today, President Obama’s administration is threatening our school districts — and every other district across the country — with legal action if they don’t obey his new edict on restroom use.

‘Angry Birds,’ the local reality show

The “Angry Birds” app-turned-movie opens soon as a feature-length film.

Put an end to sanctuary cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: “It must be the water.”

‘Frozen’ character shouldn’t be lesbian

Like most Catholic-schooled girls who grew up in the 1970s, I learned about sex by reading several dog-eared Jacqueline Susann novels.

Awakening of undercover boss

One of the highest rated television programs during Super Bowl Week last February was “Undercover Boss”.

Would Hillary open ‘X-Files’ to public?

According to a May 11 United Press International story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release government records related to Area 51.

Handmade cigars going up in smoke

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has got me smoking mad.

Help us save John Wayne trail

I am from Tekoa — population 843. We are your neighbors to the east.

Our growing rudeness and incivility

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, and people sure are rude these days.”

Prepare now for summer fires

It’s fire season here in the Pacific Northwest. But with all the sprinklers, green grape vines and clear air, you wouldn’t know it in the Yakima Valley.

Time to recognize farm contributions

Some say spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington — apple trees blossom, tulips bloom and colorful lentils carpet Palouse fields.

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Trump, the next Herbert Hoover?

One of them is a free trade-wary millionaire and political neophyte who locked up the Republican presidential nomination with promises to make America great and get the economy firing on all cylinders.

Second time is a charm for marriage

It’s a romance story more than 50 years in the making, and a reminder of the blessing of second chances.

Hope you enjoy our e-edition

For the past several weeks, our preliminary e-edition has been available online for free access as we worked out any possible “bugs” and prepared for a formal launch.