This is the first time I’ve publicly supported a political candidate. I put up a Culp for Governor sign. It was in the yard for a few days before the following incident happened. On Thursday, Sept. 3, my husband moved the sign while preparing to mow the lawn. While doing so, he found a dead …

I’m thankful the Post-Register printed the guest column I’d submitted with the title “A hodge-podge of facts worth committing to memory.” I wasn’t thankful, however, that the word “memory” was left off the title, which no doubt confused readers thinking that I was urging them to commit to so…

This is in response to the “hodge-podge of facts” guest column that appeared recently in the Post-Register and at the invitation of my sister, Quincy resident Wendy Sauber. This is also in memory of our mother, Isabelle Henson, an immigrant who recently passed-away, still in possession of he…

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My next door neighbor, Dwight Needens, is a well known Quincy Valley Post Register letter writer. While we enjoy being neighborhood friends, Dwight and I live in different “universes” when it comes to our feelings about political and racial justice issues.

Hunters, fishers, and farmers are the original conservationists. Growing up in Central Washington, I have been surrounded by agriculture my whole life. As our farmers and ranchers work to feed the world, we also recognize the importance of conserving our precious natural resources and native…

Every year at this time, for the past 18 years, we take a moment to remember. Most of us know where we were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. We experienced many thoughts and emotions that day.

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the Coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners are forced back inside, the big question will be: Are there enough customers to keep what’s left of the restaura…

When rural communities call, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) answers. Our postal service employees provide critical services to the communities of Central Washington and are often the only delivery service that will go the “final mile” to ensure that important mail – including prescriptions, …

In a congressional oversight hearing with the new Postmaster General this week, Congressman Palmer pointed out that in 2019 there were at least 378 counties nationwide that had more voter registrations than there were citizens living in those counties that were old enough to vote. In the sta…

On Dec. 18, 2001, Congress passed Public Law No. 107-89 designating Sept. 11 as “Patriot Day.” The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 28, received some suggestions from their National Leadership on celebrating “Patriot Day” and ALA Unit 28 coordinated its first ceremony for this occasion on Sep…

It’s no secret: Rural communities face many unique challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the gap. In Central Washington, we are proud of our way-of-life and the systems we have built, but there are key investments we must make to ensure our citizens are not disadvantaged. Since b…

If enough of them choose to break free of the no-longer-Democratic party, Democrats can save America. In 1998, Hillary Clinton referred to a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” but over the next 10 years as I chose to open-mindedly investigate, it became crystal clear that her remark was just anot…

Do you feel that, like the COVID-19 pandemic, insane behavior is spreading like a plague? I do. Whether I look at the political right or the political left, I read, hear, and see accounts of people doing crazy, illogical things.

If you have ever visited Washington, D.C., or even looked into planning a trip to the nation’s capital, you know there are quite a few sights to see. Washington, D.C. is a hub for both American history and cultural exploration, from the U.S. Capitol building and the Library of Congress, the …

Remember as a child reading the book “The Emperors’ New Clothes”? The crowds all cheered and gave oohs and aahs at how beautiful the clothes were. Only the little child was brave enough to say the King was naked. Isn’t this much the same as we have been seeing since Memorial Day? Our media c…

Our nation is under attack by the people who are supposed to be serving us. 50,000 grandmothers and grandfathers have died to help invoke fear of COVID-19 in an attempt to have citizens consent to having their businesses shut down, destroying their abilities to remain financially independent.

As the COVID-19 viral pandemic rages across the world, the political left in the United States wants to use this health crisis as a reason to transform our health care into a government-run, single-payer system. As Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff said at the time of the 2008 e…

The COVID-19 pandemic made us reconsider how we work, attend school, seek medical care and interact with family and friends. One thing is clear – access to affordable broadband is more important than ever. As leaders in fiber infrastructure development, Public Utility Districts must be allow…

Lately, we are seeing people feel that they can do their own thing when it comes to showing respect to the flag. It seems that if they are rich, famous, or a star athlete they can make their own rules (mainly to draw attention to themselves) about respect of the flag. The sickest and saddest…

The Fourth of July holiday brings the welcomed commemoration of our nation’s independence with family, friends, and community citizens. It may also include the unwelcomed disregard for our neighbors and pets with the discharge of illegal fireworks and after-hour excessive noise. While we des…

During the 2017-2018 flu season, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks. During the past five seasons, the average number of weeks this indicator was above threshold was 11 (range 7-15 weeks). N…

“Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.” – Abraham Twerski

On behalf of the students and families of the Class of 2020, we would like to thank the entire community of Quincy, especially Quincy School District and Quincy High School for pulling together to make the Jackrabbit Graduation Gauntlet Parade a blockbuster celebration!

Do we have a new deity? It would seem so. For the last three months the United States  has bowed down to the almighty Dr Fauci. He said, “stay home” and we did. He said, “wear a mask” and we did. He said, “lose your business, your employees and your lifestyle” and we did. Dr Fauci said, “no …

There is no doubt that our country is facing difficult times, but if our history indicates anything, I am confident the American people will persevere. It can be hard to see, however – especially in the rural communities of Central Washington – that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

RINVOQ is a prescription drug now being recommended for rheumatoid arthritis on television ads, particularly during the alphabet (ABC, CBS, NBC) stations news programming sessions.

The First Amendment and the right to peacefully protest is a bedrock of our nation’s founding. Empowering our neighbors to speak up for what is right, taking action when injustice rears its ugly head in our communities, and creating a society where we can live equally and peacefully is a goa…

A couple of issues ago the paper had a column about winners and losers; those who could continue working from home and those blue collar people who work with their hands. It was said that was the divide that separates those who support President Trump and those who support Democrat candidate…

“I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words but of deeds” is the first phrase in the FFA Creed that was written and adopted by the National FFA almost 90 years ago. While this five-paragraph speech has become a presentation that each freshman FFA member has learned…

For the first time in anyone’s recent memory, Memorial Day Services are canceled this year. We as members of the American Legion and Son’s of the American Legion are saddened by this.

I am concerned about the new sex ed law, from HB 5395. This was passed by state government at the onset of the quarantine. I haven’t heard information about the law from a school district source. What I have read about the law itself, read about pilot districts, and read from those in and ar…

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing the economic lockdown would be a catastrophic mistake. They must coexist.

Our lives have been turned upside down over the past seven or so weeks. Restaurants and stores have closed, 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, and our freedom of movement has been restricted. Several difficult issues are at play in this crisis. Financial security is my focus here.

Well, I think the average Washingtonian who isn’t working from home, the ones who take pride in having a job to feed their families and aren’t gleeful about getting more money to stay home than they were making when they were working, have had a bellyful.