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Garbe Reser's experience and accomplishments are unmatched

Dear Editor: Primary election day is approaching.  Early voting begins on July 17th.  Danielle Garbe Reser is the Democratic Party candidate for the 16th legislative district senate seat. Her experience, accomplishments, and commitment to working...

 

Black Lives Matter organizers ask for changes

Dear Editor: On behalf of Black Lives Matter Walla Walla, we, the organizers, demand that the Walla Walla Police Department be held to the highest standards as they work to protect our community. We support Black Lives Matter. We take a firm stance...

 

We still need to decide about masks

Sixteen weeks into this pandemic and I’ll admit, I’ve grown a little weary of the mask debate. Excuse me, cloth face-covering discussion. It seems endless, and redundant, and far too enmeshed in emotions and political parties. It’s exhausting!...

 

Only Jesus Christ can clear our minds of hate and anger

Dear Editor: Down through the ages whether in chains or cuffs character has been more important than color. Guilt from defying authority brings on bad consequences and defines character. In spite of being either free or prisoner the issue is not...

 

Support local businesses

Dear Editor: Now is the time to make a big effort to rebuild our community by shopping small.  Waitsburg has 600 households. If every household, every month spent $20 less out of town or on line and spent that $20 with our local hometown merchants,...

 

Face masks are useful in slowing the spread of COVID-19

Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the letter sent to the editor a few weeks ago regarding face masks. I believe the writer is mistaken as to the efficacy of the masks. Community spread has increased, mostly as a result of relaxed “stay at...

 

Waitsburg Christian Church to remain closed

When I spoke to the congregation as we went into Phase 2 in Walla Walla County, I said that we have been praying heavily over the direction of the church, when to reopen the building, and that it may feel that we are slower moving than other churches... Full story

 

Writer sees wearing a face mask as dehumanizing and humiliating

I am extremely worried about the current COVID-19 situation, and my concern has nothing to do with coughing, sneezing, or any other symptoms of the common cold/flu. In the recent video press release on May 31, 2020 Jay Inslee mandated that all...

 

Taking a R.I.S.K.

This last Sunday I was fortunate to be in attendance at the Peace Rally held in Walla Walla. I was there to take photographs for the The Times. I was immediately impressed with the number of people who turned out for the event. As I was taking...

 

in appreciation...

Dear Waitsburg Families, As the final month of the 2019-20 school year approaches, we want to take a moment to thank you all for the tremendous efforts you are making to help your children stay...

 

Congratulations Dayton High School graduating class of 2020!

I believe that what starts here at Dayton High School can change the world. Although this year's path has been rocky, twisty, windy and rough, you have overcome and will be the change you want to see...

 

Dear 2020 Dayton/Waitsburg Graduates

Congratulations on graduating from high school.That seems normal to say this time of year, but as we all know too well, nothing is normal now. Watching all the social media posts, the downtown...

 

To all DW Senior athletes,

I would first like to congratulate all of you on all your accomplishments and graduating this year! I know this was not the way you seniors had in mind on how you would have liked to end your high...

 

To the Class of 2020

Congratulations, graduates of Waitsburg High School. What a ride it has been this school year, especially these last few months. There are not a lot of classes that can say that they lived through a...

 

New traditions honor 2020 graduates' unique year

I believe that every teacher has a special place in a school. Some are meant to teach littles, some are meant to teach middle school kids, some are meant to teach high school students. Even within the...

 

Back to the wild

Exploring the outdoors feeds our souls and helps keep us healthy, when done responsibly. Yet, as we begin to once again enjoy these benefits, we must keep the wellbeing of all of us in mind. For several weeks, Washington residents have put...

 

A Letter from the Columbia County Library Director

Dear Editor: While the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, we will continue to respond as quickly as possible using data and current recommendations from public health and government leaders in our on-going commitment to keeping our staff and p...

 

16th District State Senate Candidate Calls for More Testing and Safety Equipment

To the Editor: I send my condolences to all the individuals who have tested positive at the Tyson Fresh Meat Plant and my wishes for their healthy recovery. Thank you to Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and Benton-Franklin Health...

 

Reader appreciates domestic violence article, offers help from the Northwest Justice Project

To the Publisher: Thanks for running the interview with the YWCA DV advocates and sharing information about domestic violence in the time of stay-at-home orders. I work for Northwest Justice Project, a statewide nonprofit law firm which helps low-inc...

 

Checking in with others, news from friend in Brooklyn is stark

While at the time of this writing, there are only 37 cases of COVID-19 in Walla Walla County, I have been keeping pace with the spread of the outbreak by checking in with friends around the country. On my return from my recent trip to the Dominican...

 

From the Waitsburg Resource Center

Dear Editor, Once again, we at the Waitsburg Resource Center (the food bank) extend gratitude to the Waitsburg Community. Ten Ton Coffee gave out 85 free bag lunches and raised $523 for the Waitsburg Resource Center. At this time, our neighbors are...

 

Deanna Tipton seeks birthday greetings for her mother Doris Huffman, on her 90th birthday

Dear Editor, My mother, Doris Huffman, is going to be 90 years old on April 20th. Due to COVID-19 we can't have a party, but I was wondering if you could put an announcement in The Times and ask...

 

Writer applauds legislation that provides care for early-onset Alzheimer's disease

Dear Editor: I’m so grateful that in all its understandable focus on the COVID-19 virus, Congress did not lose sight of the need to improve care and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Approximately 5% of the more than five... Full story

 

Help the Helpers

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Walla Walla Valley. This means for most of us doing things very differently in the weeks ahead. Those fortunate to have work they can do from home are doing it. Those of us with reliable broadband and a s...

 

State House candidate offers encouragement, revamps campaign strategy

To the Editor: When I announced my candidacy in January for position 1, Washington State House of Representative – Legislative District #16, I imagined discussions on neighbors’ doorsteps and forums with engaged citizens. I imagined listening,...

 

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