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 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 28, 2020 

Unexpectedly similar

While chatting with a high school chum, I asked him about the outbreak in his neck of the woods. He lives in an East Coast city which has received national news coverage for its COVID-19 infection and response. I was surprised by the comments he made...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 21, 2020

The Art of Listening

If you listen to a person long enough, you gain a better understanding of them and can facilitate stronger camaraderie among all parties. That's not to say they will agree any more or less with each other, but allowing people to speak and listening...

 

Define Voluntary

Voluntary must have a different meaning inside state government offices. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and other participants in his coronavirus press conference said participation in a statewide contact tracing program would be voluntary. Under the pr...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 14, 2020

Keep the spirit of the fair

Next week the fair board will make its recommendation and then the county commissioners will decide whether or not there will be a Palouse Empire Fair. The outcome will basically be one of three options: business as normal, cancel or continued in an...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 7, 2020

Geocaching

For anyone familiar with geocaching, the May 5 lifting of the ban on outdoor recreation is like a late anniversary gift as it was May 3, 2000, when the original geocache was placed in Beavercreek, Ore. Now this union of treasure hunt and great...

 

Roundabouts

Chopsticks make great eating utensils. If you know how to use them. Same with roundabouts. Pullman is looking at putting in its first roundabout. Installation of roundabouts have been breached in Colfax as a possible solution to traffic concerns on...

 

Choices

Gov. Jay Inslee had to know a showdown was coming with Eastern Washington. State law allocated him 30 days in which to operate under emergency authority, unless the Legislature convenes and passes a concurrent resolution. That didn't happen. And...

 

Back to basics

One of the positives to come out of the current crisis is that people are realizing what the most important things are. When you only have resources for the top priorities, those priorities have to be more clearly defined. As the model for schooling...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    April 9, 2020

Balancing Act

Moderation in all things is a pretty good code to live by–even in politics. Or maybe it should be especially in politics. Citizens should constantly be checking themselves and their elected officials, regularly questioning actions and asking, "Is...

 

Essential Liberty

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote often arises in the context of government overreach. In this age of...

 

Tomorrow's history today

An area teacher encouraged her students that while they are stuck at home, they write down what is happening and how they are feeling. She pointed out that they are living what will be history someday and should document it. The old adage is, those...

 

Staying connected during social distancing

Study after study shows the importance of social connection to overall health, especially mental. With the current emphasis on social distancing and fears of spreading disease, it can be easy to forget the importance of maintaining that aspect of our...

 

Sex education bill

Engrossed Senate Bill 5395, the sex education bill mandating “inclusive” curriculum beginning in kindergarten has been hotly contested this legislative session in Olympia. But with the House and Senate both backing the bill, it’s likely to beco...

 

A word from the new owner

You’ve read that your hometown newspaper has been sold. You’ve been told that newspapers are failing. You may have even heard “print is dead.” Now, you are concerned local news and sports coverage will be disappear. You’re worried that that...

 

Sale of the Gazette

I have sold the Gazette and Daily Bulletin. The new owners will take over on March 1. The papers will officially become part of the Free Press Publishing group in Cheney. It has been a big decision, but I am confident that the change will give the...

 

Chun's Choosing

WSU Athletic Director Patrick Chun has been in the job for just over two years. In that time, his two biggest decisions have drawn a contrast with his predecessor. Chun's choice of Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich for the new WSU football coach made the...

 

Motives

When Donald Trump was looking into Ukraine last year, how concerned was he about presidential candidate Joe Biden? Enough that he wanted foreign help to beat him? If so, wouldn't that be about the most overestimated Joe Biden has been in his life? Bi...

 

Positive and progressive impact?

I can't think of any previous Super Bowl where I had to Google who was booked for the halftime show. The honor went to Shakira and Jennifer Lopez this year. I'll start off by saying kudos for having two Spanish-speaking singers headlining the show...

 

Taking away Boeing pride

Some day, maybe two, three or 10 years from now, a comprehensive book on the Boeing disasters will be written and published. How did a company with all its design experience, corporate skill, money and pride fall to where it is today? The primary...

 

Good Riddance

Mike Leach, Washington State University head coach for eight seasons, has left to be head coach at Mississippi State University. Good riddance. The football coach of any university is often the face of the football program, and more notably, the...

 

Joint Solutions?

Over 300 people attended a workshop in Lewiston on the Snake River dams. The meeting was designed to give various views on the future of the dams, fish runs and alternatives. The third and last of the workshop meetings was in Pasco. A panel...

 

National service

The assassination of Iranian general Oassem Soleimani has caused fear in America. The threat of a war with Iran has been openly discussed. As a result, the internet is abuzz with concerns that the military draft will be reinstated should the situatio...

 

2020: A New Year

The new year is a time to reset priorities and agendas. It is time to step boldly into new goals and new enterprises. Gone is 2019. 2020 offers a fresh start in many ways. It has been said recently that 2019 was the year that climate change deniers...

 

Yes, Virginia

Dear Editor. I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are...

 

Not too late

Precious few days remain for getting ready for Christmas. Gifts, food, decorations and everyday chores are just a few of the tasks ahead. Some people are done and ready for the celebration. For the rest of us, a lot remains to be finished. It is not...

 

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