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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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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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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 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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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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‘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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Perhaps America’s most beloved and respected president was Abraham Lincoln, who now shares a national holiday — Presidents’ Day — with George Washington.

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Most people desire to have a good government and a good governor to take care of their country and help it prosper. If under their government all goes well, the people are content, however, often this is not the case.

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The federal government desperately needs to diet. Much of our spending is constitutionally dubious and it is immoral to pass our national debt, now exceeding $21 trillion, to our yet unborn children.

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There is a constitutional crisis in this country. One branch of government is undermining the rule of law.

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With the chill in the air and the leaves already falling, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, the old rule of not discussing religion, money, or politics serves as a reminder of the issues which can divide even those who love each other the most. But in an era where everything, from ice cream to music, is politicized, avoiding political topics in conversation with those of differing views becomes almost impossible. Is this overly divisive and ever-present political tension healthy for society?

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It’s just a week away from one of my favorite Yakima Valley events -Thanksgiving Day dinner, of course, but also Thanksgiving in Wine Country, the best opportunity to sample wine paired with great food and desserts.

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The pilgrims realized that some kind of governing document was needed for the new colony, “as human nature is prone to disunity and differences that could be disruptive of peace.” Governor William Bradford thus described the circumstances under which the agreement came about.

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America’s medical system is facing a primary care crisis. To meet our nation’s needs would require almost 15,000 additional primary care doctors. Take into account the effects of aging and population growth, and the shortage will climb to almost 50,000 by 2030.

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When you’re desperately ill, your chances of recovery improve as your access to treatment improves. That’s why it’s such good news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to speed up the process of getting new medications to patients.

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On October 9, President Donald Trump announced that he was lifting the EPA’s ban on summertime sales of E15—a motor fuel blend consisting of 15% ethanol instead of the usual 10%. Trump’s announcement is telling. It teaches much about politics, trade policy, and the sorry state of the environmentalist movement.

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Buddy and I took a little trip to the big red and yellow ballot box near the Sunnyside post office the other night to deposit my ballot and that of my daughter Sarah.

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I was chatting with a Daily Sun News contributor recently and made mention that I was filling in as “just a messenger.” I was helping find an article she was interested in locating.

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“All creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful the Lord God has made them all,” so the Anglican hymn goes.

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One of the most successful and bipartisan programs in United States history is the National School Lunch program – and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this October 15 – 19, it’s important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from this program over the years.

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My doctor sent me for a CT scan after I went in to have a couple of lumps in my throat checked out. The lumps were never verified as being anything more than my spit glands.

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This story is legendary with current and former staff at the Daily Sun News but may not appeal to those who can’t find their funny bone when it comes to superstitious individuals.

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Today (Friday) marks the beginning of Sunshine Days, a weekend I always enjoy... this year, more than ever, because I get to give out the Mayor’s Choice Trophy during Saturday’s float judging prior to the start of the Sunshine Days Parade.

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