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We the privileged must listen and learn

Back in January I was asked to write the Goldendale Christian Fellowship’s article for June. We had no idea where our world would be in six months. My calendar said I would visit with my BFF from...

 

Contact tracing and restaurant tabs on you

Voluntary must have a different meaning inside state government offices. Last Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and other participants in his coronavirus press conference said participation in a statewide...

 

An Easter that will be remembered for years

Because of COVID-19, many churches will not be in their sanctuaries for Easter, April 12. Easter Sunday can fall on any date between March 22 and April 25. The dates change because Easter happens on t...

 

"All we have to fear" is still a timely message

It was the days of the great depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been elected president, in the midst of America’s struggles which were affecting everyone in the country. In his first inaugura...

 

Liberty vs. License

Growing up in the ’60s was a turbulent experience. We were struggling with race issues, the Viet Nam war consumed the news, and the flower children had all of the answers. The new norm was, “If...

 

EM Corner: what's it like to be an EMT?

Did you ever see an ambulance parked somewhere and wonder what it is like to work as an EMT or Paramedic in Klickitat County? Klickitat County EMS District 1 employs 18 full time EMTs and Paramedics w...

 

Help prevent teen dating violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), which is a national effort to help raise awareness and educate about dating violence The reality is that while some teens date, some teens...

 

Klickitat County seniors deserve better

The rising cost of prescription drugs is forcing seniors and other patients to take drastic measures in Southwest Washington. It’s not uncommon for me to hear from folks who are skipping doses,...

 

A fresh twist on a separate state

A Seattle columnist is metaphorically calling for creation of the state of “King.” He has revived an old idea, that King County secede from Washington. Hey, King County, you’ve got my vote for...

 

Kindness is what we need in this new year

We’ve welcomed a brand-new decade, chosen those new calendars, made the list of resolutions or goals for this year, starting, as always with high hopes and dreams of making life better. You might...

 

Lawmakers want to hide dates of birth

The Washington State Legislature once again is attempting to make government records more obscure, this time by trying to shield public employee birthdates from disclosure with the introduction of HB...

 

Lawmakers are subject to records requests

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That saying, or variants...

 

Protecting our moms is an important policy

As a young mom and a lawmaker, I often consider the intersection of public policy and family health. It’s this experience that has spurred me to work hard on policy focused on improving health care...

 

Here's what's going on down on 'the farm'

It’s been an exciting couple months at “the farm,” as those who reside or work there refer to it. The huge power surge that knocked out not only the entertainment items in the Activity Center, b...

 

It's time to celebrate two seasons in one

Happy Holy-days! Not long ago I heard someone quite adamant proclaim that folks should stop saying Happy Holidays. We need to keep Christ in Christmas, I was told. This is true! I have never had an is...

 

If anything needs voter outrage, this is it

The Washington Bankers Association has taken the mantle on an issue all state taxpayers should be outraged over—the Legislature’s use of title-only bills. In the waning days of the 2019...

 

Working for you, please speak so I can hear you

Whether you’re a commercial fisherman on the coast or a farmer living in the shadow of Mt. Adams—I work for you. Taking your voice to Congress is not only important, it’s the only way to...

 

Your money is illegally paying for political ads

To taxpayers, it’s just plain common sense. Elected officials, public employees, and supporting boards and agencies cannot use taxpayer resources to campaign for or against a candidate or office or...

 

Time to observe October's blessings

October is a month of amazing but short-lived beauty that vanishes too fast as the earth prepares for the winter ahead. A wonderful over-abundance of blazing colors of orange, yellow, and red...

 

Why lower interest rates don't help retirees

Interest rates keep dropping, causing rising concern among some retirees, financial experts say. That’s because while cutting lower interest rates can stimulate the economy by making it cheaper to b...

 

Let's focus on action to stop domestic violence

Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM) is often a time where communities come together to mourn, honor, and speak out about lives lost due to domestic violence. DV affects all races, cultures, ages, ge...

 

Father's House part of new anti-addiction plan

There is much in the news these days about opioid addiction, and addiction in general. A recent article in the SWACH news featured Penny Andress, nurse care mgr. at KVH, who detailed our...

 

Jesus shows the path to total forgiveness

In our daily interactions with others, we have all experienced the hurt caused by people who disappoint us, do us harm, lie to us, or commit some act that causes pain. When these things occur, we...

 

Seniors need the KVH 20/20 bond and all it will bring

I serve as one of three Klickitat County members on the Advisory Council to the regional Area Agency for Aging and Disability of Southwest Washington (AAADSW), which in 2018 provided nearly $500,000...

 

Is the hospital bond really worth the extra cost to us?

Regarding the upcoming vote on the proposed KVH hospital expansion: As property owners and payers of property taxes, we are carefully considering the cost and benefits of an expanded, upgraded KVH hos...

 

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