• Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

A grand design by a world-renowned landscape architect will not transform a downtown parking lot into a unique-to-Yakima gathering place, assuming Mayor Avina Gutierrez stands by her statements of last week. In an interview with the Yakima Herald-Republic, Gutierrez said that she won’t suppo…

  • Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

The combustible populism fueling this year’s presidential race burns particularly hot on the issue of trade. It’s no surprise that the recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership has endured scorching comments from insurgent candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — and a sudden cooling…

  • Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

It’s no secret that Yakima County, with its proliferation of low-wage, agriculture-oriented jobs, continually struggles to catch up with the rest of the state economically. That said, key indicators point to slow yet sustained growth in Yakima County — overall good news, but not without its …

To the editor — The former City Council had a chance late last year to freeze spending on the downtown plaza until the new council was seated in January. Instead it barreled ahead, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more on a project that even a blind man could see stood a very good c…

To the editor — Thank you, Mayor Avina Gutierrez. For doing your research on the plaza project. For making the right decision for the people and businesses of Yakima instead of a small special interest group.

To the editor — Thank you, mayor, for your recent consideration in regards to the central plaza development as planned. It took some courage to make the decision you are considering. There are a number of people who may not agree with your decision, but will look forward to future changes do…

WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer sex.

In November 2012, 58 percent of Yakima County voters voted to ban the growing, processing and retail sales of marijuana – a margin of 12,000 voters. We were one of the solid bloc of 15 Eastern Washington counties whose citizens voted against legalization. The City Council supported the voter…

Drunk driving: bad, bad, bad. Drinking alcohol, especially local wines and craft beers, good. Criminal laws target wrong behavior. Repeated bad behavior leads to enhanced penalties. One area of legal behavior, drinking alcoholic beverages, is closely associated with an illegal behavior, oper…

The age for receiving full Social Security was set at 65 — three years beyond the average life expectancy of American males. Women on average lived three or four years longer. Since most Americans died before they collected much money, funding these benefits was not a very big problem.

  • By Jon DeVaney Washington State Tree Fruit Association

West Coast public ports and private companies are making huge capital investments to adapt to a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive environment for international shipping. Hundreds of thousands of jobs, and the success or failure of farms and manufacturers throughout the Pacific No…