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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,...

 

The girl who was pushed

The wonders of television news programming surfaced again last week with "the girl who was pushed off the bridge." The episode rocketed to the national news level when a cell phone video showed a young girl hesitating about leaping off a bridge and...

 

Chasing the audience

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added a new Oscars category for next year: Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film. While the parameters for the award have not been set, the idea of it puts the blame on the audience for the...

 

Whitman votes blue again

It was only a paritial count in what amounts to a sample election, but Tuesday night's return for the primary election put Whitman county back on blue side for the big race. Democrat Lisa Brown had 215 more votes than Republican incumbent Cathy...

 

Heads and tails

It's settling in. After eight years of one thing, we now have the flipside. Millions of Republicans simply could not take President Obama and now millions of Democrats just cannot take Trump. It's an even exchange, and it’s both of their fault....

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    July 26, 2018

Hey, thanks for voting freebie

Last Tuesday, three days before ballots for the primary election hit the mail, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman brightened the news keyboards with word that for the first time voters will be able to cast their ballots and return them through t...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    July 19, 2018

Making the blue line bolder

A current trend sweeping social media is the police lip sync challenge. Law offices across the country are posting videos of anywhere from one person to the entire department―staff and support personnel included―mouthing along to songs from...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Editorial    July 12, 2018

A question of the mainstream

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night should mark a reckoning for the Democratic Party. With now three consecutive respected choices in the most major of personnel decisions, President Trump has solidified a claim to...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    July 5, 2018

Canine hip dysplasia and other complex matters

It seems the natural tendency and desire of the populace to find quick, simple answers and fixes to problems. Things are just so much easier when the answer is cut and dry and to the point. However, sometimes we can over-simplify things and forget th...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 28, 2018

'Don't it always seem to go'

Two reports last week about the same neighborhood in Pullman call to mind the anchor lyrics from Joni Mitchell's 1970 “Big Yellow Taxi” hit song: Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got `til its gone The Department of Trans...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 21, 2018

Whoa back, Mariners

The hard charge to date by the Seattle Mariners has left more than a few of their fans in the dust, or maybe the infield dirt. Longtime Mariner loyalists need time to catch up. It's like needing reverse attitude adjustment. The Ms are winning at a...

 

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