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Prayers for the Hanford collapse

All affected by the cave in of the tunnel at the Purex facility in Hanford Site are in our thoughts and prayers. Washington, please pray the little prayer at every day, and for... Full story

 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

Rebooting the project: GPAC is back on track

It’s been an annoying thing to hear: “So what’s going on with the performing arts center you were working on?” For the past several months, I...

 By Sandra DeMent    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Medicare: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

From Republican President Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 to 1965, a parade of U.S. presidents worked to create a national health insurance program. When Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare... Full story

 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Inventing injury and turning it into 'creative' writing

Last week The Sentinel was threatened with a libel law suit and told it was heartless and even cruel. Fingers wagged, tongues lashed, maybe even... Full story

 By Lorrie DeKay    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Klcikitat County support is great but from elsewhere questionable

Once again, the Columbia River Gorge Commission is fighting for funding to do its job. After 30 years of protecting the largest and most beautiful National Scenic Area in the United States, it is no... Full story

 By Norm Luther    Opinion    May 3, 2017

They're starting to cave

Following ex-President Obama’s 2008 election, a Canadian relative sent congratulations, adding, “I didn’t think the US was ready for a black president.” Unfortunately, she was probably right....


Social Security: Funding crisis? Or doing just fine?

What we call Social Security is actually three federal programs that serve retired seniors; widows and widowers (and minor children); and the permanently disabled, together known as Old-Age,... Full story

 By Sandy DeMent    Opinion    April 19, 2017

The signs don't work

I write as a concerned property owner here in Klickitat County. I have three concerns with Sheriff Songer’s signs that are popping up around the county warning drug dealers not to linger in our... Full story


The signs work

I want to applaud Sheriff Bob Songer for caring enough about his county to declare drug dealers persona non grata in Klickitat County. Opponents of the Sheriff’s signs say we don’t have a serious... Full story

 By Ken Margraf    Opinion    April 19, 2017

Market can't be forced

I have heard Congresswoman Herrera Beutler speak many times about the positive effects “market forces” would have if certain changes were made to healthcare. I may be missing something, but accord... Full story


We need to improve medical care for all our veterans

Those who have served our country deserve the best medical care, because that’s what they were promised and have earned. Yet I hear from veteran after veteran who has to wait too long to see a...


Time to remember what Easter means

This Lord’s Day, on Palm Sunday, I sit here contemplating of the matters of eternity, and my thoughts go to next weekend, which is Good Friday and Easter Sunday. So also may all people consider...

 By Sandra DeMent    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Social Security: Guaranteed retirement? Or welfare?

In 2012, when Mitt Romney ran for president, he famously said , “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for [President Obama] no matter what…who are dependent upon government, who... Full story

 By LeRoy Schoot    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Stop emulating the wild child

A petulant child is sprinting downhill wildly and uncontrollably brandishing open scissors. Mesmerized onlookers seem immobilized by the spectacle and its potential to do irreparable harm to the delus... Full story

 By Cheri Harris    Opinion    April 5, 2017

No place for pot

The Bible says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”—Proverbs 14:34. This truth applies not only to nations and states, but to individuals, families, and local... Full story


Don't be bullied

I attended the March 11 meeting in White Salmon sponsored by the Klickitat County Democrat Party. I was appalled at the ACLU’s kickoff of their campaign to “resist” President Trump in anything... Full story


Meet the KCR

The Klickitat County Republican (KCR) Party is a fair, open minded, and welcoming organization. It is representative of the citizens in Klickitat County as well as 3,084 of the counties in the United... Full story

 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion    March 22, 2017

The Kelly matter: cause and effect aren't set in stone

There’s going to be a ton of opinion arising about Lyle School Superintendent Andrew Kelly’s arrest Sunday on DUI and Reckless Endangerment...

 By Ken Margraff    Opinion    March 22, 2017

We can't afford 'affordable'

Putting some numbers to one aspect of the Ryan Health Care proposal: the proposed plan, which may be up for a vote in the House of Representatives very soon, allows an older person, 55-64, to be... Full story

 By Norm Luther    Opinion    March 22, 2017

Bumper stickers help ease the bumps

Bernie Sanders was our favorite candidate. He championed the working class, unjustly left behind by huge wealth inequality, by parroting policies that originally solved this problem while... Full story

 By Frank Keeler    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Vets made to take back seat

In the article about the proposed uses for the old Mount Adams Senior Care Center, I am seeing the City of Goldendale make veterans take a back seat for a few more tax dollars. I could see a...

 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion    March 8, 2017

On the weary randomness of meaningless thievery

Our cowbell was stolen. Right off the front door, in clear line of sight of anyone, when we were open, which would be the only time it could have... Full story

 By Don Thomas    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Waiting for GOP

Why are the Republicans in Congress making so little progress in formulating a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare)? For seven years it’s been “something better and cheaper... Full story


Preparing for wild fire before they hit our doorsteps

There’s no question about it, we have seen an increase in the severity and intensity of wildfires in the last few years. Since 2011, nearly 2 million acres in Washington have burned in over 7,000 fi... Full story


Which 'facts' do you want?

How important are facts in our lives? Consider the following: What if a doctor lied about a cancer diagnosis? What if your bank statement lied about the balance in your account? What if your... Full story


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