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Worth cultivating

Thank you, for Frank Watson's well-written article. If ever the time was right, after our "Leftist Legislature" thinks they have had an "Epic Year" this is a reasonable time to respond. The Washington legislature needs to know they have not served...

 

Moratorium

I want to ruffle my feathers and join the squackfest about marijuana production in Whitman County. I want to see as much agricultural diversity and value-added activity as possible. The location for the proposed new business might have been wrong,...

 

Save Our Lakes

It seems to me, having spent most of my life in eastern Washington and working throughout the area, that the people who want to destroy our existing water environment have little or no direct connection to the Valley communities or to the Palouse....

 

Basic Science

Carbon dioxide is the thermostat of earth’s atmosphere. That was demonstrated by John Tyndall, a British physicist, in experiments done in his laboratory in the 1850s. Using a relatively simple apparatus, he showed infrared radiation (heat) passes...

 

Being coached

In 1869 the main Western Expansion started. The railroads began expanding to more towns and cities. They brought the people who cleared the land, established schools, built road, and made the West what it is today. Many of these people had come...

 

Litter tally

The front page article in the Spokesman-Review on Thursday, July 13, 2017, entitled "Tubbs Hill Battle" opened up "Pandora’s Box" starting with Rosalia’s Pandora's Road into northern Whitman County. Pandora's Road, much like Tubbs Hill Battle, is...

 

Californians

And then there's the Californians. We used to camp, hunt, fish, shoot, swim and ride horses, bikes and motorcycles and take road trips all over the place. And we didn't burn down the forest or leave our trash all over the place. Now when we go to...

 

Treason?

At first I was not going to bother to reply to Timothy Thompson's glib use (letters April 22) of the word "treason." The present political turmoil is not because a particular candidate seemed to lose an election, it is because the moral fiber of...

 

Auditor update

I have been county auditor for three and a half months now, and I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on what we are doing in the Auditor’s Office. We have not had to close either of our public use desks, Vehicle/Vessel Licensing...

 

Earful, eh?

So Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, proposes a budget that eliminates funding for Special Olympics ($17.6 million), another $7.5 million decrease for technical education for the blind, $13 million in cuts to Gallaudet University for the Deaf,...

 

CORRECTION:

Due to a layout error, the following letter in last week’s paper was attributed to the wrong person. It was sent in by Timothy Thompson of Endicott, not Wiley Hollingsworth of Pullman. Hollingsworth was offered a chance to offer his own words in...

 

Treason

After two and a half years and forty million dollars there are no indictments for any collusion of any kind, yet the Democratic Party persists in their attack on the president, who has stated all along that their was no collusion. The Special...

 

Wrong direction

I share a sentiment expressed in the letter, "Treason", 3-28-19 -- patriotism. However, I feel that he's shooting his musket in the wrong direction. Both the Republican and the Democratic parties play hardball, and hard headed hardball can abuse the...

 

Treason

After two and a half years and forty million dollars there are no indictments for any collusion of any kind, yet the Democratic Party persists in their attack on the president, who has stated all along that their was no collusion. The Special...

 

Vaccines are safe

Measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, you name it – vaccines are safe, despite what social media would have you believe. But don’t believe me; believe some people who know. In an extraordinary, if not unprecedented event, the three presidents of the...

 

Joke's on us

I should lighten up and tell a joke. The definition of insanity is doing something over and over, while expecting different results. Every year since 1915, we have tried drug prohibition; year after year, over and over, while expecting a drug free...

 

Laments

Gordon Forgey, in your editorial (“Free Speech?”, March 7, 2019,) you lament the poor reception of conservative ideas on campus. Could it be that, given the parameters of logic and reason, contemporary conservative theory has little to offer to...

 

Uphold the laws

So the new Columbia County Sheriff is not going to enforce Initiative 1639 that 60 percent of Washington voters supported. Did he not take an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Washington when he was sworn in as sheriff? How does Sheriff Joe...

 

Vindicated

I did not vote for Trump. Almost every day my choice not to elect him is vindicated by what he does and what he says. The worst fear I have is how he puts the U.S.A., our country, at risk. This is a so-called Commander-In-Chief who abruptly without...

 

Undocumented

The animosity expressed by tone of voice, facial expressions and questions about undocumented people (i.e. illegal aliens) at political meetings amazes me. I attended a 'Conversations with Cathy' meeting in Medical Lake in October 2018 when disdain...

 

Backs McNannay

Sometimes you don't have to say a whole lot to say a whole lot. I support Colfax Chief of Police, Rick McNannay. --Ron Conrad, Colfax...

 

Refreshing

How refreshing it was to see the picture on the front page of the Gazette February 7, 2019 edition. A public meeting in the Steptoe school gymnasium was held on a floor that had been protected from damage caused by rocks, mud and water damage. My...

 

Great job!

I would like to tip my hat to the Colfax High School staff and students for their generous hospitality in allowing the Southeast District 9 1B schools to hold their district tournament at the high school last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It begins...

 

Amendment?

Frank Watson, in your opinion “State of Our Union," (WC Gazette, Feb. 14, 2019) you voice well-founded concerns about government intrusions in our lives. You state, “If the federal government can go beyond the Constitution to regulate abortions,...

 

No recourse

Although others have written about the importance of vaccination in light of the measles outbreak in Southwestern Washington, our representative Joe Schmick believes that decision is best left up to parents and their doctors! He is known as the...

 

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