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Human mind greatest resource

I have just read Carl M. Ogren’s letter where he hyperventilates over the coming climate warming catastrophe. I have also just read a 2020 report from NASA predicting a coming ice age. I worked for “The Mother Earth News” in the late 1970’s,...

 

Political tribal stances

Frank Watson’s article showing his skepticism about climate change issues brought to mind something that has become apparent to me over the last few years. People in general believe in the validity of science except when it comes to choosing...

 

Pandemic lethality

With all the news about the coronavirus, many are wondering about the impact of a truly global-wide pandemic on world population. I got to thinking about the population implications of such pandemics and ran a few numbers. The Spanish flu is thought...

 

Offensive cartoon

Gary Varvel’s political cartoon on the opinion page of the Gazette on Feb. 20, 2020, depicting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a wheelchair with a Soviet Union flag draped over his lap, being pushed off a cliff by a donkey, is offensive...

 

Letters: February 20, 2020

Climate change Most of us are aware that rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening coastal cities in the United States, dramatically exemplified by Miami, Fla. Although I am aware that climate change is a grave threat and seems to be...

 

Opposes sex education bills

Public School Parents: take note of two bills being considered without the people’s vote. Senate Bill 5395/HB2184 would require every public school to teach sex education to all students in grades K-12. Proponents believe that sex education...

 

Letters: January 30, 2020

Levy for Learning The Colfax School District in conjunction with Citizens for Quality Schools has proposed a two-year Levy for Learning. I began working in the district as a teacher in 1975, retired from the State Education System in 2010, and was...

 

Letters: January 23, 2020

Colfax Levy I want to encourage fellow citizens to support the Colfax School’s levy request. It is both a privilege and responsibility to invest resources wisely if younger generations are to serve well when their time comes. The proposal is...

 

Letters to the Editor: January 16, 2020

Support sought As the chairman of Citizens For Quality Schools, I would like to ask residents of the community to continue their unwavering support for the Colfax School District. Two years ago, we as a community stepped forward and voted to...

 

Letters: January 9, 2020

Undocumented The House Executive Rules Committee (HERC), in accordance with the HR 4642 decree to continue the work of the House of Representatives while the House is adjourned or out of session, has purchased an investigation and report from the...

 

Letters: January 2, 2020

American heroes? Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, like all members of Congress, took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Despite this, she and all House Republicans voted against impeachment of President Trump! Maybe, because she...

 

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, How are you Santa? How is Mrs. Claus and the raindeer? Santa I have been kind of good Well let's move on Santa. I want a science kit and a camera too. Can I have a microswpe. Thank you Santa. Can I have a locker for my doll? thank you...

 

Surprised

I was a bit surprised by Colleen Winchester’s hate-filled open letter to Cathy McMorris Rogers. I was more even more surprised by what triggered her anger. A Constituency email survey on robocalls? Really? It seems that these days the most...

 

Letters: December 12, 2019

Nigerian Christmas Nigerian Christians celebrate Christmas in special ways. If possible, most return to the village of their ancestors, even those living abroad. Beginning early on Christmas day, goats are brought to slaughter, and then the cooking...

 

Stick to the plan

Every year Nancy and I start vegetables indoors in little cups. Within a few months we take them outside to plant. We have gotten very good at nurturing our plants from sprouting to harvesting. And, come planting time, we love the fact that we chose...

 

Letters: November 21, 2019

I wish we could have some way to put an initiative on the ballots in all states so all voters could decide on eliminating the problem we now have with Democrats and Republicans. An initiative on a federal election for all states to vote on similar...

 

A movement away?

The House Executive Rules Committee is a five-member committee within the Washington State House of Representatives consisting of the Speaker of the House; the House Majority Leader; the House Majority Caucus Chair; the House Minority Leader; and...

 

Stone Soup

“Go ahead and drop it in.” I watched in bewilderment as my classmate unloaded several large pebbles into the empty cauldron, which resounded with a cacophony of metallic clangs. I sat waiting my turn in line with my can of sweet corn amongst...

 

Delicate balance

In last week’s Gazette editorial, Gordon Forgey commented on the jeers Donald Trump received at a World Series game in the other Washington. Forgey decried the “utter disrespect shown to a sitting president” and by extension, “the cost that...

 

Letters: October 31, 2019

Climate change Some of us might find it remarkable, given partisan divisions, but it appears Republicans and Democrats are coming together on a surprising issue: Climate change. Lawmakers are responding to public opinion. Last month, a CBS News poll...

 

Letters: October 24, 2019

Endorses Parks Like other Pullman residents, I received my ballot for the upcoming election. Among the issues we will be voting on is the selection of new members to our City Council. I am a resident of Ward 1 and am presently served by Ann Parks. I...

 

Letters: October 17, 2019

It is time It would be wonderful to see President Trump’s tax returns and a breakdown of all expenses of his and his family’s trips to their golf courses and hotels since taking office, along with a tally of the profits he is making while...

 

Give her credit

To Rich Lowry’s National Review column last week, I respond, “You bullied well.” Lowry wrested the message from the messenger and twisted it into the voice of his political opponents. Not a new trick, but despicable, nonetheless. His victim was...

 

Letters: October 3, 2019

Curry letter People have been identifying income inequality as one of the top three problems facing our country. Of course this means wealth inequality, but most are not wanting to acquire wealth for its own sake, but to smooth out the bumps from...

 

Schooling adults

Two weeks ago Gordon Forgey’s editorial was right on the mark. “Climate change is more and more a topic of conversation with those in a position to do something about it.” He called climate change “an idea and cause that will grow and force...

 

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