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The real reason

Concerning the Coronavirus situation and economic impact, one aspect is often overlooked. The answer is found in the scriptures. In Isaiah 5:20, it says “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil.” In 2 Timothy 3:1-4, we are warned, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” The 24th chapter of Matthew tells of the time preceding the Second coming of Jesus Christ, and the Book of Revelation gives many predictions of the end of the world. How many people have even read the Bible?

How many people have turned their backs on God or denied His existence altogether? We do have a Father in heaven who loves all his children. He is real. Satan also is real and subtle in deceiving people. We have a choice as to which to follow.

In the past few months, we have seen good being called evil and evil being embraced by multitudes. Our freedoms have slowly eroded over the years. Divisions and hate have taken over because people have forsaken God and broken his commandments. History has been rewritten to ignore or vilify our heroes of the past. For about two generations, schools have taught children to believe falsehoods, and now the results are evident. It is time to stand up for morality and freedom before we are totally enslaved.

Karen Kempt


The right person

When I first met Carolyn Long at a town hall in 2018, she shared her story of working on her family’s off-the-highway produce stand. She took that trade to Safeway where she worked a family-wage job and was a member of UFCW Local 555. That family-wage job allowed her to pay her way through college and ultimately become a WSU Professor and leader in our community.

Carolyn has proven herself to be a person with a strong work ethic who is committed to southwest Washingtonians. Prior to Covid, she held numerous town hall meetings throughout the 3rd District, and after she has held many “Coffee With Carolyn” Zoom meetings to talk with and explain her positions to people throughout the district. Her accessibility is a breath of fresh air compared to our current representative. Jamie has so far been unwilling to commit to debating Carolyn. We need a representative who is willing to meet with her constituents. If you haven’t met Carolyn yet, join her on Facebook for a live-streamed town hall meeting and ask a question.

John Melink


Solve food insecurity

According to Northwest Harvest statistics from 2019, Washington ranks 10th nationally in overall wealth, but 34th in food insecurity. Additionally, almost 20 percent of families in Washington experience food insecurity. When schools in the Yakima Valley paused in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these hidden disparities were laid bare, as Yakima schools distributed 380,000 meals between March 13 and May 27 to students navigating food insecurity—by far the most meals distributed across the state’s counties.

As complex as food insecurity is, it’s encouraging to see that Tracy Rushing, a candidate for Washington’s 14th district in the House of Representatives, prioritizes expanding food and nutrition access for people navigating food insecurity in our county. What’s more, Tracy wants to include our local agricultural experts—our farmers—in the process of accessing these basic food needs. Tracy’s willingness to address this clear disparity in our county is a departure from the incumbent’s approach—he has regularly voted against legislation in committee that would make it easier for struggling families to access their basic needs. Let’s shift gears and elect a person like Tracy Rushing, who cares about putting more food on families’ tables in District 14.

Wyatt Kanyer