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It’s been frustrating, to say the least, to have gone through what we’ve all experienced over the past few months. Equally frustrating is the unknown. Where will the COVID-19 pandemic take us next? What will happen to our institutions, our safe places, our way of life?

To the editor — Please read the recent article on nurses caring for COVID-19 patients. Yes, you have the “freedom” to not wear a mask. However, the mask is for the protection of others. Yes, h…

To the editor — Of course black lives matter, but do you realize that the black lives matter slogan is different from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation? Its co-founders are self…

To the editor — When Jeremie Dufault knocked on my door last year, I knew he would be a good state representative. And he has been. He works hard and does a good job. Please join me in support…

To the editor — Contrary to popularity and social media, not all Selah residents believe chalk on sidewalk and streets is art, no matter what the contents. Art is always open to one's percepti…

To the editor — It certainly is a spring of discontent. While reading a copy of my son’s Wall Street Journal the other day, I realized what has gradually been shrinking from my life experience…

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SAN DIEGO — It shouldn’t come as a shock that a bunch of storytellers have spent years collecting stories. What might be a surprise, however, is that this particular batch of stories was never supposed to be told.

SAN DIEGO — After all these years, I still love her. Even if I haven’t told her in a while. She’s hurting right now, and she probably needs to hear it. I’m lucky. She’s the whole package. Her beauty, strength, wisdom and compassion are second to none. She’s got a good heart.

WASHINGTON — A nation’s gravest problems are those it cannot discuss because it dare not state them. This nation’s principal problem, which makes other serious problems intractable, is that much of today’s intelligentsia is not intelligent.

Imagine living in a home without a computer. Or access to broadband internet. Imagine your family’s only connection to the internet is a smartphone with a data plan that is prohibitively expensive. Now imagine your kids — both of them —need to get their education through that smartphone. But…

The high rate of COVID-19 infections among the Latino population in Yakima County didn’t take me by surprise. Knowing well that poor dissemination of news in Spanish still exists, it was just a matter of time before we would see the adverse effects on our community.

This is the time right now when young people from every grade level in our local schools would be going through all the rites of passage that are familiar to us in concluding the latest cycle of a school year. We all know June as the time when students are gathering in classrooms for those l…

With changes necessitated by the coronavirus, most of us have more free time. Yes, it’s isolating and costly. But perhaps the pandemic is offering a silver lining — time for unhurried reflection on what is truly important. And although the virus will be with us for months, perhaps years, let…

The Yakima Valley loves its high school sports, and why not? Communities large and small often live and die with their local teams and athletes, and the Valley has produced some notable squads and highly accomplished and decorated individuals over the decades.

As you approach the automatic doors at the front entrance of your preferred Yakima Valley grocery store, you see the following sign prominently displayed in the window: “NO MASK, NO SERVICE. Due to the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this establishment now requires the wearing of fac…

There are a lot of reasons to like and admire Heritage University. The private, Toppenish-based college has been educating a vastly underserved population in the Yakima Valley since its founding in 1982, including just over 900 enrollees as of spring 2019. And if there was any doubt about wh…

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