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The statewide mask order which went into effect on June 26 requiring individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and outdoors when people are unable to stay six feet apart from others has been helping to make a positive difference throughout the lower valley – we cannot let down our guard against COVID-19 as Yakima County moves to Phase 1.5 of the Safe Start Washington plan.

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As school districts across the lower valley begin developing school reopening plans through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI), the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industry – the most important part will include the public’s involvement, which is vital to the success in restarting campuses and extracurricular activities.

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The power of communications to influence positive change has been witnessed in the inexcusable and violent death of George Floyd on May 25 – the social impact will be remembered for generations to come and could ultimately result in sweeping reforms in the nation’s justice system.

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The social, emotional and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which continue to place stressful influences upon community residents’ well-being are raising awareness for mental healthcare and growing support for more services in the lower valley.

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We are more than one week into Governor Jay Inslee’s phased Smart Start planned approach, which is proceeding with a slow and cautious tactic to reopen the state’s economy while making it clear that he will not sacrifice lives in order to save jobs – using the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 data dashboard data to keep in place or ease Stay Home, Stay Healthy restrictions.

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Restarting the economy after shutting it down almost overnight is going to be more of a challenge – an extremely complicated and gradual process, which is urgently required to kickstart our reopening activities for driving us to move onward in a positive and safe direction.

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Social distancing rules are the present-day reality in which we all live — from the lower valley to the west side, assimilating to the Stay Home order by only going out for essential groceries at the Safeway or Walmart.

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Instead of obsessing over how many rolls of toilet paper we need to have on hand to carry out normal bathroom operations or compulsive impulse shopping at the grocery store, our immediate focus should be clearly on slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 disease and conducting social distancing.

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Getting an accurate count on the homelessness epidemic should be stitched onto the fabric of every city and town in Yakima county and this requires our government officials and community leaders to take a leadership role in this social movement.

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This holiday season has Republican and Democrat legislators from Washington, D.C. to Washington state addressing what constitutes articles for abuse of power and obstruction of justice, and as they battle out the unfolding political drama on Capitol Hill, which will resume after the New Year – here in the lower valley, the ongoing argument about open and accountable government was finally adopted on the Thursday, December 19 declaration by the state Supreme Court ruling that legislators are subject to the state Public Records Act.

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As the holiday season is upon us, an assortment of colorful glowing ornaments beaming throughout the lower valley’s wintery and foggy landscape keeps the festive spirit alive for everyone to enjoy – with this in mind, remember to use and turn on your vehicle’s headlights at any time when conditions appear to be less than ideal for not only seeing beyond the steering wheel, but in order to be seen by other people and vehicles.

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When people voice their complaints about the voting process or how one vote doesn’t make a difference, they should take a second look at the recent Yakima County city council races - three of those elections were too close to call; requiring a recount, while two of them were separated by only one ballot.

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Yakima can only move through its re-opening phases if the county shows a significant drop in the coronavirus infection rate. To do this, we must work together and wear masks. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of the virus. (Source: Yakima County Health District)

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