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 By Nancy Street    Letters    April 7, 2022

Brown hearing was good news

Listening to the news every day is a downer for the most part. All the bad events that are happening in the nation and the world line up on your radio or television stations and online feeds. What a breath of fresh air to hear Cory Booker’s...

 
 By Nancy Street    Letters    March 31, 2022

Brown hearing was good news

Listening to the news every day is a downer for the most part. All the bad events that are happening in the nation and the world line up on your radio or television stations and online feeds. What a breath of fresh air to hear Cory Booker’s...

 
 By Ruth Williams    Letters    March 3, 2022

Mask mandates should continue

The fact that Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping mask mandates in our state is horrifying. Hospitals are running low on supplies. Medical staff are exhausted. Disabled, immunocompromised, and chronically ill people (including children who cannot be...

 

Dam breaching makes sense

In a recent column, Don Brunell proposed that the discussion of restoring Snake River salmon and steelhead be expanded to include the entire Snake River drainage. However, the issue of immediate importance is the survival of endangered and...

 

Pen is mightier than sword

Applause to Free Press Publishing at the Whitman County Gazette for publishing what we need to hear concerning current issues. Guest columnists, Rep. Joe Schmick and others are giving us giving us refreshing facts on the Opinion Page. The facts are...

 
 By Ross Swan    Letters    February 3, 2022

Support our schools

I am writing to encourage the Colfax community to support the school levy with their votes on Feb. 8. As a teacher in the Colfax School District for 21 years, I was, and I am, aware of what the levy money supports. First, and foremost, the levy...

 

County road levy questioned

Most rural residents are still waiting to see the fruits of their taxes that they willingly passed because of what Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey said the money would go towards. When will one of the commissioners step up and do...

 

Prosecutor supports levy

Most of the school districts in this county have levy proposals on next week’s election, and I want to add my voice in support of those measures. Study after study have shown that every dollar invested in children’s education returns dividends...

 

Vote for Colfax schools levy

The Colfax School District challenges itself to provide a positive learning environment. My husband and I have watched our four children go through the Colfax educational system well prepared to enter their higher education careers. As graduates,...

 

Seeks approval of school levy

On Feb. 8, Colfax School District taxpayers will have the opportunity to vote for the next two year replacement enrichment levy. Since the Washington State Legislature began designating school district funds, the local levies have been given the titl...

 
 By Dana Repp    Letters    January 20, 2022

Requests votes for Colfax levy

As residents of the Colfax School District, we can show once again how much we value the high-quality education provided by our district. Resolution 511 renews the levy for 2023 and 2024. It requests voter approval to continue to fund programs and...

 

Supports Colfax school levy

The Colfax School District has proposed a renewal of the current levy in the Feb. 8 special election. That levy passed in 2020 by a 2-to-1 margin, and we Thrifty Grandmothers urge voters to continue their strong support of our local schools by...

 

Levy provides for education upgrade

In a few days, Colfax School District voters will receive a ballot with the opportunity to renew the educational programs and operation levy. It is my opinion that equal access to excellent primary and secondary education is the greatest opportunity...

 

Research cultivated meat

I was sad to learn the Biden Administration plans to spend $1 billion to increase the nation’s slaughter capacity. Instead, the White House should invest these funds into open-access cultivated-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultivated...

 
 By Simon Smith    Letters    January 6, 2022

Supports carbon tax

Let’s time-travel onto the bridge of the unsinkable Titanic – We’ll warn the captain to slow down, but he replies. “We like traveling fast! I don’t believe in icebergs, and a crew member agrees with me. Ships sink all the time. It’s...

 

Wants election and voting bills to pass

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings, Yogi Berra reminded us. Yes, Joe Manchin dealt us a setback on climate change, child tax credit extension, reducing prescription drug costs, etc. etc. etc. But if we don’t throw in the towel and leave the...

 

Wants carbon pricing

In “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” Robert Fulghum stated he learned, “clean up your own mess.” The fossil fuel industry has not learned this lesson. A price on carbon emissions would go a long way toward encouraging...

 

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...

 

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