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 By Frank Watson    Opinion    July 2, 2020 

Nothing to fear but fear itself

Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. The highlight of his inaugural address was, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” The same is true today. Panic has disrupted more lives than the virus, and...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    July 2, 2020 

Like Poland, America needs to change

On July 4, 1975, America proudly celebrated its Bicentennial as the world’s greatest nation while Poland was a suppressed Soviet satellite state. Poles had no right to free speech, were hungry and impoverished. If you wanted a job, you played ball...

 
 By Lisa Meyer    Opinion    June 25, 2020
Lisa Meyer

A Tribute to Ebony and Ivory

As a white mom with four adopted black children I would like to pause and celebrate ebony and ivory or black, white and everything in between. The chaos of the last weeks has been perplexing at best...

 

Older American's Month

May was Older American’s month. The focus of Older American’s Month is normally the contribution seniors have made and continue to make to our communities and the needs of older American’s going forward. I represent Whitman County on Aging and...

 

Closed Landfills May House Solar Farms

Solar power is getting a lot of attention these days as our country strives to reduce greenhouse gases. Sunny cities like Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Antonio have ramped-up solar power production; however, in cloudy coastal municipalities such as...

 

Ideals of equality

It is understandable that many Americans, especially those of European ancestry, express minimal outrage at the George Floyd killing in Minnesota. Their family or “their people” are not much affected They don’t worry much if they encounter the...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Panic is dysfunctional

During the 2019 flu season, 61,000 Americans died; over 1,000 of them were from Washington State. The loss of life was tragic for those who lost loved ones, but it was not cause for panic. The coronavirus has claimed just over 100,000 Americans,...

 
 By Gary Jenkins    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Statement on the Events in Minneapolis

Pullman – Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends Mr. George Floyd, whose tragic death this week shocked and horrified our nation. Every officer in our police depart- ment, and...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Closed Landfills May House Solar Farms

Solar power is getting a lot of attention these days as our country strives to reduce greenhouse gases. Sunny cities like Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Antonio have ramped-up solar power production; however, in cloudy coastal municipalities such as...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Politicians Are Always Political

I have been watching news reports of the efforts to curb the virus and more recently the efforts to ease restrictions to reopen the economy. Initially, I sensed a wave of nationalism that united all of us against the growing pandemic. This unity...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves: No little flags on gravestones at cemetery. Rain. Okeydokes: Rain!...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Brighter Future for Papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first days of the pandemic, grocers couldn’t keep toilet paper...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves: Whitman County Gazette? What is this? Not a newspaper. Children in charge? The state of the Pampa Pond bathrooms Trashy yards in town. Okeydokes: A kind customer of Rosauer’s who made all the staff very cool, quality masks with fruit...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Bubble of Expertise

Several years ago in a previous life, I was the commander of a military base. It was a fairly large installation responsible for sensitive missions and hardware. Our chief of security was named George. George had been a specialist for some time and...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves The May 7 Gazette front page. You are taking a good county paper and making it look like a throw-away shopper. Why did Colton cut down the trees going into town? They used to provide shade when we watched baseball/softball games. Soaked...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Unemployment Payments Provide Necessary Cushion for Jobless Americans

America’s unemployment rate is suddenly approaching historic levels. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two months ago, roughly 30.3 million people have filed for jobless benefits. “That is more people than live in the New York and Chicago...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves People who talk all the time and don’t listen. People that talk ALL the time and do not do their work. Talk less...work more... QUIT TALKING!!! LISTEN FOR ONCE!! The new publishing of the district court filings. When strangers...

 

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