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For many of us, Memorial Day serves as a turning point in our calendars. The beginning of summer, the end of another school year, and the start of many trips with family and friends.

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On Earth Day, April 22, a new documentary video called “Cows Changing Climate” was released. One might expect that it was yet another in a long line of attacks on cows as major contributors to climate change. But this features cows as environmental heroes, not villains.

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Millions of Americans tuned in last Wednesday night to see what President Biden had to say about the first 100 days of his Administration and his plans for our country. Unfortunately for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural communities like ours in Central Washington, he had little to offer.

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On March 31, the Biden Administration unveiled a much-anticipated $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The White House released a statement promising investment to “rebuild our country’s infrastructure” acknowledging that, “after decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges, and water systems are crumbling.”

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After two straight weeks of voting, we reached what’s called, ‘House of Origin cutoff’ on Tuesday. That means Tuesday was the last day the House and Senate could pass bills that originated in their respective chambers.

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In the first two and a half months of 2021, illegal immigration has reached a crisis point. There have been more than 200,000 illegal border crossings with as many as 5,000 illegal crossing encounters in one day. In order to maintain the rule of law and keep criminals out of our country, we must continue working to enhance our border security.

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I’m fortunate to call Yakima my home. Situated in the heart of Washington and known for its rolling hills, gorgeous landscapes, and rich agricultural soil. After more than 50 years of living, working, and raising a family here – I’ve also witnessed the challenges that come with living in rural Washington, especially for disadvantaged groups that are more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.

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When our state moved into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s latest iteration of a reopening plan, it signaled a well-deserved step forward for our region. Following guidelines under the leadership of local health districts and elected officials, we worked together to reduce our hospitalization rates, prevent the spread of the virus, and lower the number of cases in our regions. We earned our way into Phase 2.

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