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The state of Liberty

Through out the country’s history, states have faced efforts to divide them up. A current movement is to split California into three states. Arizona, Maine and Michigan are just a few that have faced similar efforts in the past. Our own state,...

 

Another shutdown?

It is still up in the air. The long awaited compromise to avoid another government shutdown is in the works. It is being cautiously called an agreement “in principle.” A tentative agreement may be a better description. As of this writing,...

 

State of the Union

After threats and counter threats, invitations and disinvitations, the State of the Union Address finally occurred. President Trump gave his speech from the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Behind him, Nancy Pelosi sat listening, sometimes...

 

Measles

Measles were officially eradicated in 2000 in the United States. The viral disease was a scourge for young kids, killing thousands. Since the concerted effort to vaccinate children, the disease in the states was eliminated, although it remained a vir...

 

Optics

The Gazette received a call last week from a local Federal agency. It was to inform us that its small bill could not be paid until the government shutdown ended. The office was closed, the heat turned down and few had access to the building. The...

 

Temperance Day

Washington state celebrated Temperance and Good Citizenship Day on January 16. It has been a long standing requirement for schools to observe. The day was initiated in 1923. Ostensively, it was to push prohibition and avoidance of alcohol. That...

 

Nothing gained

President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation on Tuesday. All networks gave him free airtime for the prime time speech. Democrats immediately demanded equal air time for a response. Reportedly, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck...

 

Bush, 41

George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, died last week. He was 94. He had an illustrious career. Although from a patrician family, at 18 he volunteered for the military to become a pilot during World War II. Later he served in the House of...

 

Carbon tax revisited

Something is going to happen about climate change. Just what and when is unknown. This week, a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress. The prospects that it will be passed are not good, but this is the first bipartisan carbon tax bill in ten...

 

Small Business Saturday

It is here. As of Friday, the Christmas season officially starts. At least it used to. This Thursday, as in recent years, Thanksgiving Day is really the start. That is when the Black Friday sales kick off in earnest. Some even started weeks ago. If...

 

Still time

California is ablaze again. Three massive fires in the state are destroying homes, businesses, forests and open land. They have claimed more than 40 known victims. About 200 people are missing. Two of the big fires are in southern California and are...

 

Widespread fear

It is amazing, but true. The American people are in agreement on a political issue. Consensus is overwhelming. It is something not seen in a long time. This goes beyond Tuesday’s election results. In fact, it may be more fundamental than who won an...

 

Who needs the Russians?

We really don’t need the Russians to fool with elections. We are perfectly able to do it ourselves. After a lengthy string of local issues relating to elections and ballots, now the state has stepped in to confuse voters as well. One instance invol...

 

Pullman's first GameDay

GameDay is coming to Pullman. It’s a big deal. GameDay is the ESPN television show that airs on Saturday mornings before most college football games are played. It is the ideal show for rabid football fans, with facts, figures, replays and...

 

12 years left

Time is running out. And, it is running out fast. That is the crux of the new United Nations climate report. According to the report, dramatic changes in the output of carbon gases will need to be achieved by 2030. Unless enough is done to curtail...

 

Remarkable

Last week, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona declared that more time and an FBI investigation were needed to decide on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. New allegations against Kavanaugh had clouded the hearings devoted to his...

 

Climate refugees

Another natural disaster is predicted to impact the United States. As with the Dust Bowl, refugees will flood different parts of the country. The new disaster will be slower in coming and last longer than the Depression era dislocation of people. And...

 

The Cougs head for L.A.

The Cougars will have to be careful Friday night. They are playing the mighty Trojans in the L.A. Coliseum. The last time the two teams played WSU won. A fan was also injured by an USC player after the game. It can get rough on the field. It is not...

 

Who is to do it?

Last week was tough on President Trump. Advance copies of Bob Woodward's new book were released. Then an anonymous letter was published in the New York Times criticizing Trump and declaring that some of his subordinates were actively trying to...

 

Palouse Empire Fair starts today

The Palouse Empire Fair begins its run today. This is a traditional event for the county. It is one of the few events that encompasses the entire county, and it has for decades. From all points of the county, youth bring their animals for judging...

 

A champion of bipartisanship

Long-serving Senator John McCain died Saturday. His death was anticipated. He had been suffering from brain cancer for months. A week of remembrances is underway. A memorial service is planned for Saturday with his burial on Sunday. Among others,...

 
 By Gordon Forgey    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Generally effective

The Transportation and Safety Administration did not pass a series of tests involving airport security. That was bad enough. But, subsequently, it was disclosed that 73 TSA agents have suspected terrorism ties. That is 73 people ensconced in the...

 
 By Gordon Forgey    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Feeling safe?

The Transportation Safety Administration is going through a shakeup. Reportedly, the agency failed in detecting dangerous items passing through security at airports. The items were brought by TSA agents posing as passengers. They were to test the... Full story

 

Gordon Forgey

Death struck Highway 195 last week. Two young women were killed. Two others were injured. Nothing good can come out of such a tragedy, unless it reminds us to drive as if our lives and the lives of...

 

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