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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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

Letter to Walla Walla County Residents

To the residents of Walla Walla County: Due to the restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you, your friends, or your family members might be out of work, missing personal contact, favorite activities, or living and working...

 

City mayoral candidate has concerns

Waitsburg is a community we all can be proud of. Neighbors standing shoulder to shoulder shoveling mud from each others homes. Salvaging what could be salvaged. We are Truly “One Of a Kind.” But there were events happened during our recent...

 

State Senate candidate reflects on forebears' sacrifices in challenging times

To the Editor: My Facebook page reminded me this week of a photo I took in 2011 of the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a timely reminder of the hard challenges our country has faced before. That memorial is officially called the U.S. Marine Corps War...

 

Volunteer appreciation

Thank you to our volunteer groups, generous businesses and countless individuals for supporting our Waitsburg flood relief efforts – you made a difference! Sincerely, the Waitsburg Flood Relief Committee Banner Bank Big Cheese Pizza Blue Mountain...

 

Pastor Matt Wyatt commends our community's resilience and unity

Letter to the editor, I feel the need to respond to last week’s letter that spoke on the lack of unity in our society. In the past 17 days since multiple communities were hit by the flood of 2020, I have witnessed nothing but unity. Not just in...

 

Writer urges people to come together

To the Editor: Though I write what may be an unpopular letter, by God’s grace I am still warm at age 96. Along with my World War II friends we agree America should reinstate the military draft to active service for both young men and women. The...

 

Proposed cougar management regulations

To the editor: Upon reviewing the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) presently proposed cougar management regulations, there are considerations I believe the general public should have more clarity on regarding the science behind...

 

Pastor Hughes praises relief efforts, and offers help

To the Editor Pastor Matt Wyatt and the Christian Church have received much thanks and praise for their response to needs arising from the flooding. All well deserved! And Margie Benson with coordinating meals for the displaced and for the work...

 

Writer frustrated with Columbia County Rural Library District board

Dear Editors, Libraries are filled with words. All along the shelves are bound series of words that tell stories of all kinds. Libraries have always been places where words are important even when a reader or a patron disagrees with those words. Libr...

 

residents support Dayton School District levies

Dear Editor, We are writing in support of the upcoming Dayton School District Levies. Nothing is more important than the children of our community! The EP&O Levy supports Educational Programs and Operations that are not funded by the state. This...

 

Support for Dayton Levies

To the Editor: I would like to urge voters to pass the Dayton School Levies during the February election. These levies are needed for our schools to continue to provide a quality education to our youth. We are quite lucky to have programs in our...

 

Yes for Dayton Levies

Dear Fellow Taxpayers, We are urging you to continue your support of Dayton schools and students by voting YES for the upcoming Capital Projects and Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levies. Continuing these existing levies will help...

 

Dayton School Board chair urges levy passage

To the Editor: The Dayton School District is running replacement levies and a Capital Levy (a feasibility study to improve electrical outlets in the Elementary/Middle School building to be able to install air conditioning). During our last...

 

Appreciation for Dayton

Dear Editor: We would like to offer accolades about the show stopping flower hangings that adorned our Main Street this past Summer and Fall. The baskets were all propagated, planted and maintained by local gardeners and were a joy to see throughout...

 

Reasons to approve Dayton School levy

To the Editor, The Dayton School District needs your support with the upcoming replacement levies. The State of Washington is committed to providing the costs of basic education. The local levies help to support the parts of public education that...

 

Please Support Dayton Schools

Dear Editor, Four generations of my family attended Dayton Schools and received a solid education here. I want to ensure that the children in our community continue to have the same opportunity for a quality, well-rounded education. That is why I am...

 

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