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Dear President Trump, In a recent speech, you said, “Our great Patriot Farmers will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of what is happening now.” The statement doesn’t match the experience farmers face today.

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Memorial Day lands on Monday, May 27, and the federal day of remembrance is to proudly honor our military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country — it’s our duty as Americans to instill an obligation of country over self and that begins with the placing of U.S. flags at local veterans’ graves with residents of all ages taking part.

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The Sunnyside Police Department and School District have had a long-standing partnership in strengthening a safe and learning environment for students — School Resource Officers (SROs) are an integral part of that valuable bond which must be protected at all costs — council members are presently weighing the price and benefits associated with that relationship as they decide to drastically limit or cut the campus program.

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The Trump administration recently asked Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the U.S.-Mexico border — Department of Homeland Security officials said they would likely run out of money without the extra funds, a humanitarian crisis that scales beyond the height of any wall has now been created for Americans and their families to shoulder.

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The Cinco de Mayo weekend party of festivities was a family weekend of fun, and the warm color generated by our community reminds all of us that Mother’s Day is embraced on both Friday and Sunday, making the Lower Yakima Valley a special place.

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The 105-day legislative session ended on Sunday, April 28, with the governor and legislative leaders celebrating high profile issues — the welcomed call to expand and bring down costs in the state’s health care system was a significant step for all Washington tax payers.

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This year’s regular legislative session is winding down. As I write, we are waiting to see if we will go into extra innings. If not, the 105-day session will have ended early this week.

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Easter Sunday is the holiest day for observant Christians worldwide. It is the day followers of Jesus Christ celebrate his resurrection, and many believers choose to be baptized or receive their first communion on the special day. It is the day on which Christians celebrate the central tenet…

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Monday night’s City Council meeting featured the receipt of the Planning Commission’s recommendations and code amendments related to the retail sales of marijuana within the city limits — after a series of public meeting continuations and a public hearing about the issue, which did not generate much community discussion or concern, is alarming.

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As a young man I observed that those who saw racism in everything were usually the most racist. That analysis has proven itself over time. Today the accusation is so frequently made on Democratic Party media outlets, very recently by Beto O’Rourke against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it’s now difficult to know who is not a racist.

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President Trump confirmed last Friday afternoon, in a series of tweets, the White House was considering a plan to transport detained and illegal immigrants to “sanctuary cities” and release them as a way to pressure Democrats in dealing with reforming immigration laws.

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The old saying, “the customer is always right” may hold true as a best practice for business, but it just rarely seems to apply to services provided by the government.

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According to Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, Washington’s tax structure ranks worst in the nation in tax fairness with lower income individuals paying nearly 18 percent of their income in taxes, while wealthy Washingtonians pay three percent.

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According to the Yakima Herald Republic’s special series, “The Vanished:” A report from the National Institute of Justice found that more than four out of five Native American women have experienced violence in their lives. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported that homicide is the third leading cause of death among Native American women between the ages of 10 and 24. The Department of Justice has reported Native American women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than other Americans.

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After nearly two years, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, and 500 witness interviews, we now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

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As we have sprung into daylight savings mode with the big chill of winter here in the Lower Valley, hopefully behind us — our focus with a wee-bit of Irish luck, can now turn to the ritual passage of springtime.

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A member of Congress makes a hateful remark, and House congressional leaders of the same political party respond by swiftly condemning and then strip that representative of all committee assignments—a severe punishment.

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From the invasion of the Persian Gulf to the war in Afghanistan, the landscape of conflict and service-related, healthcare conditions which confront our veterans have evolved as well — the largest integrated healthcare provider in the nation, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been embroiled in scandal since 2015 and has provided insufficient reform in holding those responsible or to rectify the department’s wide-spread mismanagement.

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Read your editorial concerning I-1639. It seems you don’t have an understanding of what an assault rifle is. I found this a while back, thought I’d share it with you. Also, when the Sheriff says he will refuse to enforce and unconstitutional law, he is doing his job. He swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of Washington State.

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As they are enough of a problem when in private practice! To add insult to injury people reelect them again and again. In Congress we have a very high percentage of Attorneys, who while criticizing the President their rating is the lowest of all!

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‘Gridlock’ might seem to be the best word to describe divided government in Washington D.C. these days. However, last week, despite the partisan differences in the nation’s capital, bipartisanship and pragmatism won in what can only be described as a major legislative win for Central Washington.

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UPDATE: Sunnyside’s City Council is rescheduling consideration of the proposed ordinance to modify the current zoning prohibiting the retail sale of marijuana. City staff are currently reviewing future calendars with the council to re-schedule this matter. NOTE: This poll is used for community involvement only. Results will not be used in City Council's decision.

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