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Common goal

Credit to the Gazette for choosing to include “Colfax students walk out in wake of gun violence, others stay inside” as one of 2018’s top stories published in the Whitman County Gazette. In joining many other students across the country who...

 

Emergency

Yes - there is indeed a national emergency. If unchecked, it could destroy our great democracy. It is called Donald J. Trump. --Dick Warwick, Oakesdale...

 

One thing leads to another

Kudos and thanks to Jana Mathia’s editorial last week! She did an excellent job of encapsulating a complex problem and making it understandable. We live in a system of systems, all interacting to maintain life on Earth. If one system gets out of...

 

Supply follows demand

I'm feeling smugly superior to Frank Watson, which is silly, except in a small way. His column of 10-25-18, "Demand comes before Supply," shows that when it comes to drug policy, he's lost in the woods, barking up the prohibition tree. "If we want...

 

Swearing in

I had the opportunity to go to the swearing in ceremony for Judge Hart. The court room was packed. It's not often you can eat cake in the superior court. That on its own shows how down-to-Earth Judge Libey is, and if you thought his humor to be as...

 

Ramp up

Oh My Gosh! I didn't think I would ever agree with anything written by Frank Watson. Yes, we are to the point where universal, government sponsored health care is desirable and possible. The easiest way to organize it seems to be Medicare for all....

 

Let's shoot for 46th!

Once again, an editorial of yours was on the mark. Climate change is here and now. Two scientific studies in the last two months have reiterated what we have been hearing for a couple of decades, only with more urgency. Poland just hosted the 24th...

 

Community's request

A reason the petition (Malden petition misses budget vote-Nov. 28) was necessary is because, even after the results of the Felton Hall Survey with many citizens sharing their ideas/comments, even after multiple families spoke at a council meeting...

 

Hub of research

The newly released National Climate Assessment highlights the growing and extreme dangers of climate change in every region of the U.S. This week, a bipartisan bill – the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act - was introduced by three...

 

Eighty eight percent

The Council on Aging & Human Services is pleased to report that in fiscal year 2017, 88 percent of all donations and grants entrusted to COAHS went directly to program services. The Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, Don Cox, Duane...

 

Zoning

In response to Mike Largent’s recent letter I’ll take the opportunity to explain Mike’s failure to fully explain circumstances of two (2) commissioner meetings. The first meeting regarding waste/trash, right-of-way encroachment, junk cars and...

 

Mother of All Risks

Last week Gordon Forgey’s editorial commented on recent California fires that, as of Sunday, have left at least 76 dead and nearly 1,300 unaccounted for. Three years ago, Time Magazine published an article titled “Climate Change is the ‘Mother...

 

Both sides

Gordon Forgey, in your editorial ("Widespread Fear", Nov. 8) you discuss the Democrats vs. Republicans political divides in Washington DC. I wish the media (you included,) would stop perpetuating the myth of "both sides do it" equally. No, they...

 

Due to rain

As we honor our active duty military and veterans, what is the Trump administration doing for veterans? Not going to the WWI cemetery due to rain for those who died in that war is minor compared to other policies and actions this administration is...

 

Contemplative manner

Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent, a lifetime resident of the county, has the experience that is crucial for our county to continue to be a great place to live. Mike is accessible and willing to listen and work through issues important to...

 

Disappoints

Gordon Forgey, in contrast to your usual pertinent and level-headed editorials, your "Who Needs the Russians?" (Oct. 25, 2018), disappoints. You equate the confusion of voters as to whether or not to add a fifty-cent postage stamp on their ballot...

 

Two wins

A vote for Rob Rembert will accomplish two good things for the citizens of Whitman County. It will allow John Hart to retain his position as Colfax’s municipal court judge, a role for which he is eminently well-equipped. It will help ensure that...

 

Blank vote

After meeting with county commissioners on 22 Oct. it became apparent that Mike Largent doesn't care about the conditions in our small western county communities. He states that county government doesn't have a responsibility to enforce county...

 

Kirk Suess letter

It may not surprise you to note that none of the comments attributed to me by Kirk Suess in his letter to the editor are accurate nor reflect my views. Fortunately, there is a recording of Mr. Suess' recent presentation to the Whitman County Board...

 

Why Lisa Brown?

I urge you to vote for Lisa Brown. Lisa deserves your support for many reasons, certainly including her record of working across the aisle to get things accomplished. Here are my top three reasons. Healthcare: Lisa Brown voted to expand healthcare...

 

About time

I just have to comment on the person that stated it was their right to bring a dog into a grocery store (letter Oct. 11). Actually, it is against the law unless it is a trained service dog. Thank you to the grocery store that said no. It is about...

 

Fantastic job

We have all heard how some have the personality to do a good job. John Hart has the personality to do a good job and be fair. Whitman County District Court needs more than a judge with personality. The fact that he is endorsed by current Judge to...

 

Careful consideration

I have worked for Whitman County District Court for the past two years as court clerk, but served as the court administrator for the Colfax Municipal Court for 17 years. It is there where I first had the pleasure to meet and work with Judge John...

 

Real results

I think one could say that I am a Tom Foley fan, big time. Here was a man that was able to work with both sides of the aisle and get tangible results that benefitted all residents of the fifth district and beyond. He along with Bob Dole were able to...

 

Experience

Rob Rembert is hometown grown in the Palouse. His family goes back 129 years when his ancestors arrived in 1889. He has 16 years devoted to community service in the Palouse and 22 years of experience in a local general law practice. While those are n...

 

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