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Palouse mayor gives thanks

As I reflect on what has been a tumultuous time in our world, it occurs to me that still we have much to me thankful for. Today, I give thanks for the City of Palouse for the way we come together to support each other – providing a sense of...

 

Wanted more than sports

I was looking forward to (Nov. 18) Gazette to read about our big wind storm and how it affected our county. No word. Local news – no word. All I saw were sports. They are important but there are other interests. Surely people – businesses,...

 

Two-dimensional news reporting

Television news broadcasts rarely deviate from a low standard of journalism that provides the who, what, where, and how, but rarely the why. What is left out is the significance of our news events. Reporters sometimes pass along what “experts” sa...

 

Looking forward to green future

What would we see if we traveled into a green future? It might not look that different. Perhaps we’d notice things more by their absence: The sky is clear. No more open fires polluting the air we breathe, no more smoke burning our eyes and...

 

Caregivers deserve appreciation

November is Caregivers month. I was recently reminded of the importance of caregivers because a friend’s mom, a real sharp lady, fell and hit her head. This caused a brain bleed and other complications which have impaired her ability to care for...

 

Steptoe Battlefield State Park deserves care

Just want to report the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen in my life at the Steptoe Battlefield State Park located in Rosalia. On Nov. 2, just two days after Halloween, I started my morning walk up South Summit Avenue to the Steptoe...

 
 By Laura Getz    Letters    November 4, 2021

Best reason for not working

I am very thankful to have been able to keep working through the pandemic and that my children are grown. What I do see for many with young children is there are no daycares. When mine were daycare age there were as many as eight licensed caregivers...

 

Examples of respect

Who would have thought that school board members would be accosted by parents? Who would have imagined flight attendants taking self-defense classes? Who would have considered people would vote for a presidential candidate that mocked someone...

 

Afghanistan mistake could have been avoided

Having lived in three developing countries for 17 years, I met very fine Americans as well as arrogant, and ignorant Americans. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, USAID, Peace Corp, U.S. Military, UNICEfF, UNESCO, and missionaries are among those...

 

Humanity

I was touched reading Bill Stevenson’s opinion piece published in the Aug. 12 issue of the Gazette. What came through in Mr. Stevenson’s story was his humanity. He tells of meeting, for the first time, a person who had become infected with the...

 

Garth Meyer

After 10 years of reporting for the Colfax Gazette, Garth Meyer headed south for a new adventure. Garth took a job for the Easy Reader in Torrance, CA, a city south of Los Angeles. I wanted to thank Garth for his many years of excellent reporting...

 
 By D.W. McCall    Letters    August 19, 2021

Exploitation of a pandemic

The little reported information on the elected officials getting a 7% raise is astonishing. My friends in the road department stomached no cost-of-living raise for two years because of the pandemic...

 

Freedom vs. socialism

In the free and open society of a constitutional republic, when you say something or do something, it is sometimes cheered or cursed, sometimes laughed at or applauded. But mostly and most beautifully folks just go their own way and mind their own...

 

Calls for action on climate change

Is it time yet to confront climate change? The weather we’ve experienced this summer foreshadows what we will experience more and more frequently in coming years. The situation isn’t hopeless: there’s still time to avert the most damaging...

 

Trump supported COVID vaccines

If there are any Americans out there who are still loyal to Donald Trump, listen up! Don’t be sidelined by “Trumpian talking heads.” Stay focused on Trump! He and Melania are both vaccinated, and Trump said, “I would recommend it and I would...

 

Religious and secular involvement

The controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention over systemic racism (critical race theory) points to the politicized nature of Christianity from the beginning. The earliest issue was whether or not to fellowship with heathens. By the time of the...

 

Temperatures are climate change

Something exceptional has happened these past few days. It is not the three days of record-breaking temperatures hitting our state. We’ve been warned by forecasters for days that this was likely to happen. It was not exceptional that temperatures...

 
 By Jean Hall    Letters    July 1, 2021

Job requirements versus pay

What if you worked for a local company that requires you to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and hazmat endorsement on your driver’s license? Job requirements – handle all kinds of hazardous chemicals, do any mechanical that comes up,...

 
 By Lydia Fletcher    Letters    July 1, 2021

Show true compassion to LGBTQ

As I’ve been listening to the discussions around gay pride month, the argument I’ve heard that troubles me the most is the notion that we need to celebrate the LGBTQ lifestyle as a way to show love and inclusion to those who practice that lifesty...

 

Support peace for Palestine

Where did the mainstream media report the major atrocities taking place in Israel and occupied Gaza? Of course, we heard about the bombing and destruction of the building housing Associated Press and Al-Jazeera and the numbers killed, but we...

 

Thank you for the flags

I give a special thanks to all those who maintain Colfax Cemetery, and do such remarkable work in preparing it for celebrating Memorial Day. We honor not only those who served in uniform on that day, but also our family and friends who have preceded...

 

Toxic tv culture

The decline of American culture can be seen clearly in the self-absorbed characters in daytime soap operas and the outlandishly excitable contestants in daytime game shows. The 50-60 year runs of shows like “General Hospital,” “Days of Our...

 

Thank Trump for vaccines

Former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed succeeded. He brought us today’s miracle vaccines. He wants you all to get it. He said, “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t president,...

 

Disagrees with idea of legal prostitution

The prostitution opinion article missed one “small” detail. What about design? As an example, dad bought this really nice Case IH Quadtrac. The engine is designed to run on diesel, though, it will run on gasoline. I’d get serious acceleration...

 

Support EICDA to slow down climate change

What is the right answer on the climate solutions quiz, the great test of our time? Top-down directives for green infrastructure? Not if we want to keep American jobs secure, energy reliable and affordable, and technological ingenuity strong, argues...

 

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