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Pet Peeves & Okeydokes

Okeydokes The delicious seniors breakfast the first day of the fair ... the ladies appreciated the beautiful carnations too! Rosalia Lions Club ice cream at the Steiger Hotel. Flags this weekend in Colfax–WSU, EWU and Colfax Bul...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    September 20, 2018 

American Slapstick

This is one of those "good news, bad news" situations. First, the good news: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has communicated his continuing trust in President Donald Trump to make good on their deal, whatever it is. POTUS reciprocated by going to...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    September 20, 2018 

The Blue-Collar Recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to...

 

Avoiding Trouble Tweeting

Since President Trump took office, the attention to social media has mushroomed. His pointed tweets are often the top news story each day. Twitter, Facebook and the other apps are pervasive and even though Google and some others have their share of...

 

The Perils of Plastic

I received a call from my credit card company last week informing me that my card had been used in Brazil, and I needed to verify a thirty-six cent charge at a fast food outlet in Rio. I have never been to Rio. It is on my list behind Rome,...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes

Okeydokes The new digital Gazette. The PDF option is great. The individuals that remembered to put out the flags on Patriot Day....

 

Good Grief, Bad Grief

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Arguably these are even worse times than the mid-19th century, when Charles Dickens wrote his "Tale of Two Cities." In the 21st century, we have effectively divided into two countries, separated...

 

Neil Armstrong Didn't Forget the Flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment. The new movie "First Man,"...

 

Lampson Beating Odds for Family-owned Business

When one approaches the Tri Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle in Seattle and reach over 560 feet into the sky. Like the Space...

 

Can There Be Middle Ground?

I recently took my grandson back to the Midwest to get better acquainted with some of his relatives. He is only recently aware that he is related to a huge clan of Midwesterners. While there, I watched as two of my kinfolks debated whether or not...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes

Okeydokes Our Colfax police officers for being so proactive & keeping our residence safe!!!!! The lovely beds at the Codger Pole. I’ve seen many visitors admiring them....

 

John McCain, One More Time

Others who were fortunate enough to experience John McCain, as I was, have offered their tributes to him, many more eloquently than I ever could. Still, I feel honor bound to try, because, throughout his life, McCain was all about honor. He was not...

 

The Spirit of 1968

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters. The lopsided fight between anti-war demonstrators and the brutish police force of Chicago's Democratic mayor Richard Daley the night of Aug. 28, 1968, in the midst of...

 

Much Needed Dose of Yogi Berra's Wit and Wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective. Let’s start with “You can observe a lot by just watching” because seeing what is happening now is very disconcerting. We need...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Raining on Trump's Parade

President Donald Trump was bitterly disappointed that he was forced to cancel his ego trip down Washington, D.C., streets. The parade of U.S. military units was to be his biggest display yet of people marching in lockstep, bigger even than any...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 30, 2018

How to Lose to Trump in One Easy Step

John Brennan may not know it, but he is acting in a drama scripted and produced by Donald J. Trump. As Eli Lake of Bloomberg perceptively observed, President Trump isn't trying to silence Brennan by revoking his security clearance, as the former CIA...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes

Pet Peeves The people that tell us what to do and try to control us, ran our debt up to 20 trillion. County allowing junk vehicles to sit on county road/right-of-way for weeks, months and years, doing nothing about it. Okeydokes Nice paint job at...

 

Trade Wars Hit State's Cherry Growers Hard

Last April, Washington wheat, apple and cherry growers hoped U.S. and China trade negotiators would resolve differences and prevent imposition of damaging tariffs on our state’s leading crops. Unfortunately, that did not happened and the costs are...

 

How to Improve Our Country

A friend and I were engaged in a bit of fanciful wishful thinking the other day when he asked me how I would improve our country with a hundred million dollars or so. I quickly ran down the list of national problems we are rapidly leaving for our...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 23, 2018

The Trumpettes Face a Bleak Future

Networking in Washington is even more important than it is elsewhere. One would never go to a party here inadequately dressed, which is to say without carrying a resume, ready to hand out at a moment's notice. Socializing is not personal; it's hard...

 

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