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Perfection requires risk

Dear Editor, Last week’s column by Don Brunell tries to address the challenges we share in providing adequate energy supplies but is a disservice to the aggressive efforts of Washington state citizens, businesses and elected officials in...

 

Careful Not to Follow Sweden's Haste

Sweden and Washington State are very similar. Both have strong “green” movements and are quickly moving to eliminate all carbon-emitting fuels from cars and power plants. The caution for Washington elected officials is not to jam through hastily...

 

Volunteer opportunity: planning commissions

While nearly all communities depend on volunteerism in some form or another, I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that small towns like Dayton and Waitsburg would fail to function without the concern and dedication of the many volunteers...

 

Dog Ownership: Paws and effect

Dogs are loving companions, watchdogs, hunting buddies and important members of our families. They are also part of the community and can have a significant impact on the relationships between...

 

America's Renewed Interest in the Moon

With all of the attention on the 50th anniversary of the Lunar landing, many are looking ahead to the next half century of space exploration. Of particular interest is returning to the Moon which may come as early as 2024. For example, Boeing is...

 

THANK YOU volunteers

Dear Editor, Waitsburg is called, “One of a Kind”, and from the turnout of volunteers for this year’s Traffic Safety Coalition/the Department of Walla Walla County Community Health Bicycle Rodeo, I couldn’t agree more. Except this year we...

 

Investment in rural business vital to global economy

It’s a story I’ve heard too many times in my own life and in the lives of the many small business owners I meet: Person grows up in a small town. Person moves to a city or urban area for college or work. Person yearns to return to the small-town...

 

Harvest 2019 A Single Seed

A column by Gary Hofer All the world is in a curious Babel. Images of trouble flash and tumble and fears rumble. Those who desire power call with ever-greater urgency for more. Yet all the while the world rolls on, never missing a day or an hour....

 
 By Lane Gwinn    Commentary    July 18, 2019

Nobody's Perfect

Last week I was reminded that just because I am an avid reader of newspapers and the owner and publisher of this newspaper, I am not a reporter. This hit me when I opened the July 11 Times and found an error I was completely responsible for. First,...

 

No Green Cheese, Drill Sergeant

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, KY, posted a sign in our barracks: “Sorry, Drill Sgt., No Green Cheese!...

 

China's Mighty Migrating Mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might think. For example,...

 

Restoring Affordability to a College: Education Is Vital to America

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber. Eighty years ago, our country was in the middle of the Great Depression and teens took odd jobs to...

 

Rare Earth Metal Dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t breakdown and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations’ interests for presidents Trump and Xi Jinping to find...

 

Family-owned business backbone of America

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, "I feel your pain," reassuring voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a staple for politicians....

 

Dayton is a great community

Dear Editor, Hello Dayton --- Thank You! The weekend before the car show (Sunday- June 9 thru Wednesday am – June 12), the Jawbone RV Club from the Lewiston/Clarkston area rolled into town and set up camp at the fairgrounds. There were 11 rigs, 29...

 

Normandy Clicker D-Day Innovation

During World War II, the American GI earned the reputation for being innovative, adaptable and resilient. Nowhere was that more evident than the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. For example, Gen. Maxwe...

 

Husband's tip stops 'attack'

Dear Editor, Saturday June 8th, I was in Waitsburg for a memorial service at the Catholic Church. I parked behind the church in front of the Richardson’s home. After the service, I was walking to my car and noticed 3 dogs, a Labrador, a German...

 

Max Fix Critical to Washington

Last January, Boeing was poised for another record year. The company’s order book burst at the seams. Things seem to be going Boeing’s way. In 2019, Boeing planned to step up deliveries of KC46 aerial refueling jets to the U.S. Air Force and the...

 

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

Dear Editor: It’s never too late to say “Thank you”!. We have been planning to send personal notes out to the many volunteers that helped make our Waits- burg Celebration Days Parade, but as usual some- times, life just happens. The biggest...

 

Could Seattle Put on a World's Fair Today?

On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened. The “Century 21 Exhibition” ran for six months, drew 11 million visitors, turned a profit and left the Northwest with a wonderful Seattle...

 

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will...

 

NHS Blood Drive

Waitsburg High School National Honor Society Advisor Liv Leid shared this recently received email from the American Red Cross, regarding the recent NHS blood drive with The Times readers. Dear National Honor Society, Thank you for coordinating the...

 

Washington's Big Tax Bump

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by a whopping 17.5 percent, which is one of the largest increases ever. Gov. Jay Inslee and his...

 

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