The school district put out a letter to staff (can be read on the district’s website) concerning the recent violence in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. The following is an excerpt from that letter: “We believe it is profoundly important to support one another and find common ground s…

Last week, Americans witnessed a violent storming of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol Police – the agency charged with protecting the hallowed halls of the People’s House – were on the frontlines, and they were quickly overwhelmed. That did not stop them from standin…

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?

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For the past four years, we’ve witnessed the sitting (impeached, one-term, lame-duck) U.S. President utter a breathtaking number of falsehoods and outright lies. Aided and abetted by the likes of Fox News, OANN and NewsMax, Trump and his enablers have spread - and gotten away with - one disg…

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur.

Ten months after the arrival of the coronavirus in Washington, the Legislature is convening on Jan. 11 for a new legislative session amid a pandemic that will shape every aspect of the session, from the way lawmakers conduct business (over computer screens instead of beneath the Capitol dome…

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was catastrophic.

Throughout the past year, I have written a lot about how I have witnessed Central Washington come together in times of crisis. The challenges of a global pandemic are certainly unprecedented, but individuals, families, healthcare providers, and local businesses have stepped up to the plate t…

For those readers who have read this column over the past month, you know that I am no fan of President Donald J. Trump. I’ve considered the relationship he has with his followers as having all the characteristics of a cult. Last week’s column denounced our president, 126 members of the Hous…

Without the systems and infrastructure we have built to harness the power of the mighty Columbia River, the Pacific Northwest as we know it would cease to exist. Dams along the Columbia provide countless benefits to our communities – from reliable, affordable electricity and flood control to…

On Feb. 29, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. With this being an unknown and highly contagious virus, most folks agreed with his precautionary measures. His reasoning was to protect and not overwhelm the healthcare system and keep our people ali…

Raise your hand if 2020 has been difficult and different. Just as I thought, it’s unanimous. But what about the good? As a club, we have not had the opportunity to meet for our weekly lunches, share in fellowship and hear programs from around our community. And I will admit, at first it was …

When I was about 17 years old, I joined a cult. I joined because the nation in the late 1960s was in a period of flux and change; the Vietnam War, the draft, protests, changing moral standards brought about by the “pill,” racial unrest.

Rarely does anyone disgrace both state and profession in a single day, but that is what happened when Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem hopped aboard the Texas cattle cars intent on (a) disenfranchising millions of voters in four other states [Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin], …

Earlier this year, our economy and our way of life was rocked when the COVID-19 pandemic caused small businesses to shutter their doors. With employees across the country out of work and small business owners wondering if they would ever reopen, Congress enacted the Paycheck Protection Progr…

Two articles in this week’s (Dec. 2) paper prompt me to write to thank the Quincy Police, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Moses Lake Tactic Response Team (MLTRT) for working together to do their job.

This is a thank you note to four or five good samaritan men. They helped me this past Saturday Nov. 21 after I fell in a local store parking lot. To be clear it was all my fault. I had my left hip replaced Nov. 3.

Native American history is engrained in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout our region, we are reminded of Tribal culture and heritage which greatly influence our way of life. November is Native American Heritage Month, and in Central Washington, we have a rich, storied Tribal h…

I’d like to thank fellow Christian Mark Owens for his eloquent response to my recent opinion letter. I completely agree with Mr. Owen’s assertion that one can use any bible verse to justify their beliefs.

Many of my politically conservative Christian brothers and sisters are facing anger and uncertainty at the presidential election results. Christian Progressives felt a similar disenfranchisement and profound grief after Donald Trump was elected. We felt abandoned by our neighbors, set adrift…

On this National Rural Health Day and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, my heart is full of gratitude for the support of our community. You have helped shine a light into the future for local healthcare in Quincy. And I am grateful for every QVMC employee. You have been strong in the…

I am a bicyclist and I ride a lot around the Quincy Valley. I am the old guy with the fluorescent shirts and helmet that you might see most days, somewhere in the area. I would like to thank all the motorists who have shown me courtesy on the roads. I have not felt endangered or had any clos…

Diversity in the ranks has been the lifeline of our all-volunteer military, but it wasn’t always that way. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we ought to be thankful for all of the men and women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who put their lives in harm’s way to protect our freedoms and mak…

Here’s the deal… all conservatives and those who voted for President Trump are supposed to stop having a tantrum (their opinion) over the results that the media and Democrat Leaders say are legitimate.

Kaitlyn Pype wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she enjoyed working on cars. She thought about a career in automotive repair, but a degree program in mechatronics at Clover Park Technical College caught her eye because it combined a variety of interests.

Over the past few months, catastrophic wildfires raged – once again – throughout Central Washington and across the West. Smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, and whole towns were essentially wiped off the map.

Last week’s cartoon cover of The Week magazine had a picture of the Democratic donkey waking up after having nightmares of headlines stating: “Polls Wrong Again!” and “Trump Wins!” with a ghoulish Trump jack O’ lantern sitting on the nightstand.

I have often said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and that could not be truer in Central Washington’s rural communities. The owners and employees of Main Street businesses are integral to the well-being of our communities, and the support for small businesses I have wi…

My name is Isabella Salle and I am an advocate and volunteer for The Borgen Project, a non-profit that is addressing poverty and hunger and working towards ending them. My goal as an advocate is to make people aware of this organization so that more people are educated on what it is we do an…

We are now walking into the loss of our sovereignty and the control by foreign governance that wishes to control the world population. Where do you think the mandates came from to place COVID-19 positive patients in nursing homes with our vulnerable elderly? In my opinion, this was for the p…

After reading a support letter for John Knodell, it moved me to comment on my experience with him as a prosecutor. I know for a fact that he did not research my cases, and took friends’ advice to come to his decisions. He also did not check the laws that pertained to my cases and there have …

Earl Romig is my choice for Grant County Commissioner District 1. Earl is a trusted long time Grant County resident that served communities as a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy. When his law enforcement career was tragically taken from him by a bullet, Earl did not give up. He started his own …

The classic hymn “How Great Thou Art” includes the line, “then sings my soul, my savior God to thee.” The belief for many of us is that the soul can, and does, “sing” anywhere and everywhere.