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Breakfast before the Bell has consequences

A bill that would require certain public schools to provide breakfast to children who arrive after classes have begun and traditional breakfast is no longer being served is making its way through the Washington Legislature. House Bill 1508, known as...

 

China's newly launched sword policy cutting deep into recycling

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower limit on contaminants is having...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    January 18, 2018 

Oprah For President? She could almost have a legitimate chance

It seems we should have learned something from Donald Trump’s short tenure as President. We should realize that our current system of campaign finance doesn’t produce the most qualified candidates. We have discovered that popularity and ability...

 

Sixth-graders ask for Medical Lake levy yes vote

We are sixth-grade students attending Medical Lake Middle School. We are going to tell you why you should vote “Yes” (on the) Medical Lake school district levy. What does this levy do? It supports many school activities. One of the activities...

 

Levy is a good deal for Cheney students and taxpayers

I am writing this letter in support of the Cheney Public Schools Replacement Levy on Feb. 13. Almost 33 years ago, we moved our young family to Cheney because we wanted to be in the Spokane area to raise our two sons. I was a teacher in Issaquah at...

 

Tax cut is fair because it rewards those who pay the most

There seems to be no end to those upset with the new tax laws that will take effect shortly. The common thread of complaint is it favors the haves over the have nots and therefore is not “fair.” Whatever “fair” is. According to Pew Research,...

 

To end racism, we need to get to know one another

As we approach the Martin Luther King holiday — with some people actually getting Monday, Jan. 15, off — it’s appropriate to take a look at how Americans perceive the current state of race relations. That perception is not good, with...

 

'Darkest Hour,' brings odd sunshine to a dreary day

On a soggy Seattle-like Sunday with no Seahawks to watch in the NFL playoffs, and Cooper Kupp’s Los Angeles Rams sidelined the night before, the vote was to stay indoors. Inside a theater that is, to see what all the buzz was about over the film,...

 

Good manners still count in business today

Our parents drilled into our heads that saying “please” and “thank you” were not only part of everyday life, but were essential to operating a successful business. They are the basic ingredients of “Good Manners.” For more than 30 years,...

 

Maybe we should be judging ourselves

The city of San Francisco recently erected a statue honoring those who were “Comfort Women” of the Japanese army of occupation in China and Korea during World War II. The effort was spearheaded by two American judges of Asian ancestry. They cite...

 

Tax cut is for the rich only

In her Email to constituents, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers exclaimed “This is huge!” And indeed it is HUGE! The recently-passed tax bill is a HUGE boondoggle for the rich! The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that, under the law,...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    January 4, 2018

The year 2017 was overall a good one for me

Even though some people might think 2017 was not a great year, I did not think it was that bad. But I do have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2018 as well. In 2017, I was fortunate enough to continue school, have jobs that I love and enjoy t...

 

Online sales are good for the Washington papermakers

By DON BRUNELL Contributor Curbside recycling bins are packed with cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas online shopping. The uptick in consumer shipments is not only good news for the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS, but our nation’s papermak...

 

Washington governor ignores the basics of budget logic

Our governor’s plan to raid the state contingency fund to pay for schools, then repay the fund with a new tax, violates sound financial principles. Creating a budget is not rocket science. The basic principles are the same for every organization,...

 

The public is being duped

When I think of how the new tax bill is being sold to the public, it reminds me of my years in Liberia under President William Tubman. Tubman was dearly loved by the poorest in the country, which actually didn’t make any sense at all. But, needy...

 

Perhaps 2018 can be when we actually take control

Monday is the first day of 2018, and I for one am very happy for that. Frankly, 2017 has not been a very good year for me in many ways and I can’t wait to see it go bye-bye. As for 2018, right now I’m a little pessimistic about how good it will...

 

Railroads are now attempting to implement a positive track

While the investigation continues into the deadly Amtrak derailment near DuPont, Wash., the clock continues to tick on the implementation of Positive Track Control (PTC). The deadline is Dec. 31, 2018. PTC integrates new satellite tracking (GPS) and...

 

Too much power is dangerous

The media frenzy surrounding accusations of sexual misconduct continues to gather momentum. Many of the allegations are true, and those who have abused their power should be held accountable. Many charges, however, make no sense unless sexual...

 

It is time to change thinking on Alzheimer's

Dear Editor, The time has come to change our thinking on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Too often, Alzheimer’s and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops...

 

So many questions remain after Amtrak crash

So much for sharing about grandma Ehlers’ molasses chocolate chip spice cookies. News of the deadly Amtrak crash near Olympia on Monday morning changed a lot of plans. No one who boarded the run in Seattle envisioned what lie ahead, or if they...

 

Christmas in Thailand was certainly one to remember

I am getting to the age where young folks ask me about my best and most memorable Christmas. They are not the same. My most memorable one wasn’t my best, but it is the one I think of most often. I had completed Air Force flight training and was...

 

West Plains had an overall good year

We are at the end of another year, which is a little bit sudden since it seems like 2017 just started. But it has been another crazy 365 days and there has been some ups and downs throughout the nation, but what about here locally? Overall, we...

 

'Silent Night' tops the holiday season tune's list

The holiday season brings around the festive and catchy music of the year. Some radio stations dedicate the month of December to playing just Christmas songs and I am truly thankful for that because this is the only time of the year that we can...

 

Washington State swings farther to the left

Those of us who live east of the Cascades seldom pay a lot of attention to local politics in the suburbs of Seattle. However, the implications of the 2017 senate race in the 45th state legislative district extend to our doorstep. The seat is now in...

 

Thanks for your support

StageWest Community Theatre has put another successful production in the books. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted as a Readers’ Theatre by Tony Palermo, was well received by all who came. StageWest would like to thank the cast...

 

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